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Pinnacle Entertainment Postpones August 29 Grand Opening of the $368 Million
205-room L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge in Louisiana

Final Step in Formal Licensing Delayed by Tropical Storm Isaac

BATON ROUGE, La. and LAS VEGAS, Aug. 27, 2012 -- Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:PNK) is postponing the planned August 29 opening of its L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge project, the Company's $368 million casino entertainment property overlooking the Mississippi River. The final step in the formal licensing and approval process, commonly referred to as a mock cruise, has been delayed as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches the Gulf Coast. The storm with an uncertain path has diverted Louisiana State Police personnel required to issue the final regulatory approval for opening L'Auberge.

"Our first concern is the safety of our guests and team members," said Anthony Sanfilippo, President and CEO of Pinnacle. "We remain at the ready to open L'Auberge when it is clear Tropical Storm Isaac is no longer a threat and pending this one final regulatory approval. We understand the primary focus of Louisiana State Police right now is making sure the citizens of Louisiana are out of harm's way."

Governors in Louisiana, Florida and Mississippi have ordered a state of emergency in advance of Isaac making landfall somewhere along the Gulf Coast with high winds and heavy rain.

L'Auberge Baton Rouge will provide a best-in-market casino entertainment complex featuring an expansive single-level, 74,000 square foot casino; nearly 1,500 slot machines; 50 table games, including a poker room; a 12-story hotel with 205 guest rooms and a rooftop pool; four dining outlets; a unique casino bar with breathtaking views of the Mississippi River; 2,400 total parking spaces, including 800 in a covered parking garage; a multi-purpose event center with concert seating for up to 1,550 people or banquet seating for up to 800 people; and outdoor festival grounds with capacity for up to 2,500.

A complete project fact sheet can be found at www.mylauberge.com.

About Pinnacle Entertainment

Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates six casinos, located in Louisiana, Missouri, and Indiana, and a racetrack in Ohio. In addition, Pinnacle is developing L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge, and holds a 26% 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.

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 www.pnkinc.com.

L'Auberge is a registered trademark of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved

Media Contact:

Investor Relations
Vincent Zahn
VP, Finance & Investor Relations
702/541-7777
investors@pnkmail.com

Media Relations
Kerry Andersen
Director, Media Relations & Public Affairs
337/395-7631
kandersen@pnkmail.com



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Also See: Pinnacle Entertainment to Open the $368 Million 205-room L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge in Louisiana / July 2012

Pinnacle Entertainment Plans $20 Million Expansion at its Boomtown Casino New Orleans Property to Include 150-room Hotel / July 2012

Pinnacle Entertainment Plans $82 Million Expansion at River City Casino in St. Louis, Missouri to Include 200-room Hotel / September 2011

Casino Developer, Dan Lee, Reaches Settlement With Pinnacle Entertainment, Focus Shifts to Financing of $450 million Mojito Pointe Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana / April 2011

Pinnacle Entertainment Appoints Carlos Ruisanchez as Chief Financial Officer / March 2011

Pinnacle Entertainment Appoints Mickey Parenton as Vice President and General Manager for New Baton Rouge Casino and Hotel / January 2011

Pinnacle Entertainment Names Anthony Sanfilippo President, Chief Executive Officer / March 2010


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