Photo Release -- Boomtown Casino New Orleans Breaks Ground on Hotel Project

Photo Release -- Boomtown Casino New Orleans Breaks Ground on Hotel Project

$20-Million Investment Includes Fitness Center, Meeting Space and Additional

HARVEY, La., Feb. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Boomtown Casino New Orleans, a
Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:PNK) property, broke ground today on a
previously announced $20 million hotel project. The 150- room five-story hotel
will include eight beautiful suites, a fitness center, conference space and
250 additional parking spaces.

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Casino New Orleans
 Pinnacle Entertainment's Boomtown
 Casino New Orleans breaks ground on a
 new $20-million hotel project. The 150
 room hotel will include suites,
 conference space and a fitness center
 and is slated for completion in 14

A photo accompanying this release is available at

The new addition will be connected to Boomtown's existing facility that
includes a casino, entertainment venue, restaurants and meeting space.
Construction begins immediately and is expected to take approximately 14
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 is the general contractor for the project.

"This is a memorable day for the Boomtown team and the West Bank community as
we break ground on a terrific new hotel tower; a project that will allow us to
attract new guests while also providing enhanced amenities to guests who visit
us today," said Boomtown Vice President and General Manager Harold Rowland. He
adds, "The addition of a hotel will also provide a wonderful experience for
Pinnacle Entertainment guests who come to visit the New Orleans area from
around the country."

"Pinnacle is once again demonstrating they are good partners in Jefferson
Parish, providing tangible benefits such as jobs, infrastructure improvements,
and positive community outreach," says 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 casino properties in
Louisiana; Boomtown New Orleans, Boomtown Casino Hotel Bossier City, L'Auberge
Casino Resort Lake Charles and L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge.

About Boomtown Casino New Orleans

Boomtown New Orleans, located on the West Bank of the Mississippi in New
Orleans and approximately 15 minutes from the French Quarter, opened in 1994
and features a 30,000-square-foot casino with more than 1,400 slot machines
and 32 table games, including a live poker room and high limit slots and
tables. Boomtown New Orleans also offers approximately 1,700 parking spaces
and features four casual and fine dining venues, a 350-seat nightclub
entertainment venue and over 4,600-square-feet of meeting and conference

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About Pinnacle Entertainment

Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates seven casinos, located in
Louisiana, Missouri, and Indiana, and a racetrack in Ohio. In addition,
Pinnacle is redeveloping River Downs in Cincinnati, Ohio into a gaming
entertainment facility and holds an approximate 23% ownership stake in Asian
Coast Development (Canada) Ltd. (ACDL), an international development and real
estate company currently developing Vietnam's first large-scale integrated
resort on the Ho Tram Strip.

On December20, 2012, the Company agreed to acquire Ameristar Casinos, Inc. in
an all cash transaction valued at $26.50 per Ameristar share or total
consideration of $2.8 billion including assumed debt.Ameristar owns and
operates casino facilities in St. Charles near St. Louis, Missouri; Kansas
City, Missouri; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Black Hawk, Colorado; Vicksburg,
Mississippi; East Chicago, Indiana; and the Jackpot properties in Jackpot,

Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange
under the ticker symbol PNK. To learn more about Pinnacle Entertainment,

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CONTACT: Kerry Andersen
         Corporate Director of Media Relations & Public Affairs
         (337) 292-0725 or
         Julie Collins
         Regional Public Relations Specialist
         (225) 224-4172 or (225) 397-6697

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