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Pinnacle Entertainment Announces $20 Million Expansion at Boomtown Casino New Orleans

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July 24, 2012

Pinnacle Entertainment Announces $20 Million Expansion at Boomtown Casino New Orleans

Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:PNK) today announced a major investment at its Boomtown Casino New Orleans property with a planned $20 million hotel project. The 150-room five-story hotel will include suites, a fitness center and meeting space along with 250 additional parking spaces. The new addition will be connected to Boomtown’s existing facility which includes a casino, entertainment venue, restaurants and meeting space.

Construction is expected to begin within 60 days and take approximately 13 months to complete. The hotel addition will create approximately 50 new permanent jobs and more than 150 construction related jobs. Louisiana-based The Lemoine Company will be the general contractor.

“The addition of a hotel to Boomtown allows us to grow our customer base in the market through enhanced guest offerings and also increases options for current Pinnacle guests who come to visit the New Orleans area,” said Boomtown Vice President and General Manager Barry Regula. He adds, “We expect to provide the best total hotel and entertainment experience on the West Bank.”

“Our commitment to the state of Louisiana always has been and remains strong and we will continue to invest in ways that create great environments for our team members, memorable experiences for our guests and solid returns for our shareholders,” said Geno M. Iafrate, Executive Vice President of Regional Operations for Pinnacle. He adds, “We believe the new hotel at Boomtown combined with our already excellent guest service will boost tourism to the West Bank and provide new economic benefits to local residents and businesses alike.”

“Pinnacle is once again demonstrating they are good partners in Jefferson Parish providing tangible benefits such as jobs, infrastructure improvements and positive community outreach,” said Ricky Templet, Jefferson Parish District 1 Councilman. He adds, “In a time when many communities are struggling, we are pleased to work closely with the Boomtown management team on this exciting hotel project bringing new jobs and continued economic development to the West Bank.”

Pinnacle Entertainment owns and operates four unique properties in Louisiana; Boomtown New Orleans, Boomtown Casino Hotel Bossier City, L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles and L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge which is scheduled to open this summer, pending regulatory approval.

Source: Pinnacle Entertainment




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