Photo Release -- Pinnacle Entertainment Announces the Appointment of Chris Corrado as Vice President and General Manager of

Photo Release -- Pinnacle Entertainment Announces the Appointment of Chris
Corrado as Vice President and General Manager of Retama Park Racetrack

Corrado to Maintain Oversight of Heartland Poker Tour Brand

LAS VEGAS and SELMA, Texas, April 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Pinnacle
Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:PNK) subsidiary managing Retama Park Racetrack
announces the appointment of Chris Corrado as Vice President and General
Manager, effective immediately.

Chris Corrado
 Pinnacle Entertainment,
 Inc. names Chris Corrado
 as Vice President &
 General Manager of Retama
 Park Racetrack.

A photo accompanying this release is available at

Chris has more than 19 years of management experience, and a wealth of
knowledge of the hospitality and gaming industries. In 2010, he joined
Pinnacle Entertainment as Assistant General Manager at Belterra Casino Resort
& Spa. Prior to that, he worked in different capacities in the gaming industry
including marketing and operations. In his new role, he will report to
Executive Vice President of Regional Operations Geno M. Iafrate and will
continue his oversight of the Heartland Poker Tour brand, which Pinnacle
Entertainment acquired in July 2012.

"We are always pleased to promote dynamic leaders from within our ranks," said
Geno Iafrate. "Chris comes to Retama Park at an exciting time of positive
transition. He will bring a great energy, marketing expertise and leadership
to the management team at Retama Park Racetrack and will focus on creating
memorable guest experiences, a positive environment for our new team members
and fostering strong community ties in the City of Selma and the greater San
Antonio region."

"I am excited to lead the dedicated team managing Retama Park at a property
steeped in tradition; together we will focus on merging that legacy with the
unparalleled guest service that Pinnacle Entertainment is known for while
bringing a new focus on operational excellence to the track," said Corrado. He
adds, "My family and I are looking forward to living in this vibrant and
diverse south Texas region."

Bryan Brown, the former CEO of Retama Entertainment Group, has joined Pinnacle
Entertainment in a new role focusing on development projects for the company.

Corrado holds a Master of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations from
Marquette University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from St. Norbert
College. He is married with three children.

In January, Pinnacle Entertainment acquired a majority interest in the owner
of the racing license for Retama Park Racetrack and entered into a management
contract with Retama Development Corporation to manage day-to-day operations
of the property.

About Retama Park Racetrack

Retama Park Racetrack is a class 1 pari-mutuel horse-racing track owned by the
Retama Development Corporation, a local municipal corporation, and is located
off of Interstate 35 in Selma, Texas approximately 20 minutes northeast of
downtown San Antonio. The property hosts live racing on weekends with quarter
horses running from June 7 through August 10 and live thoroughbred racing from
October 4 through December 28; open daily for simulcast wagering. Retama Park
features a wide variety of dining options including the Turf and Field Dining
Room with panoramic views of the track, the Race Book & Sports Bar offering
delicious fare enjoyed while watching simulcast racing or your favorite sports
team; or more casual options at the concession stands throughout the facility.
For more information or to book a corporate or social gathering at Retama
Park, visit our website at or call (210) 651-7000.

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, owns an approximate 24% equity stake in Asian Coast
Development (Canada) Ltd. (ACDL), assuming conversion of all preferred stock,
exercise of all warrants and exercise of certain options, an international
development and real estate company currently developing Vietnam's first
large-scale integrated resort on the Ho Tram Strip, and holds a majority
interest in the racing license owner, as well as a management contract, for
Retama Park Racetrack outside of San Antonio, Texas.

On December 20, 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, Mo.; Kansas City,
Mo.; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Black Hawk, Colo.; Vicksburg, Miss.; East Chicago,
Ind.; and the Jackpot properties in Jackpot, Nev.

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

The Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. logo is available at

         Kerry Andersen
         Corporate Director of Media Relations & Public Affairs
         (337) 395-7631,

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