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Apollo, Texas Pacific Poised to Win Harrah's

The two groups are set to win the auction for the casino giant, <I>The Wall Street Journal</I> reports.
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Apollo Management and Texas Pacific Group are on the verge of winning the auction for casino operator Harrah¿s Entertainment, according to a media report.

The two private-equity groups have made an offer of at least $90 a share, according to the report, published Sunday on

The Wall Street Journal¿s

Web site. Both sides are working out the final details and expect to announce a deal Monday, according to the report, which cited two people familiar with the matter.

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If consummated, the purchase would be one of the largest private-equity buyouts in history. There has been a flood of big buyouts this year, as private-equity investors have sought places to put their cash to work.

Harrah¿s shares finished Friday up 40 cents at $79.50.