Pinnacle Entertainment

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This article is about the gaming and hospitality company based in the Las Vegas Valley, Nevada. For other uses, see Pinnacle Entertainment (disambiguation).
Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc.
Traded as NYSEPNK
Industry Hospitality, Gambling, Entertainment, Horse Racing, Restaurants and Hotels
Predecessor Hollywood Park Entertainment, Hollywood Park Realty Enterprises, Hollywood Park, Inc.
Founded 1938
Founder Jack L. Warner
Headquarters Spring Valley, Nevada, United States
Key people
Anthony Sanfilippo, Carlos Ruisanchez, John A. Godfrey, Ginny Shanks, Troy A. Stremming, Neil Walkoff, Christina Donelson, Keith W. Henson and Mickey Parenton
Revenue US$1,487,836,000 (2013)[1]
Number of employees
Website Official website

Pinnacle Entertainment owns and operates 15 gaming entertainment properties, located in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada and Ohio. The Company also holds a majority interest in the racing license owner, as well as a management contract, for Retama Park Racetrack outside of San Antonio, Texas.

Company names over time[edit]

Hollywood Park Entertainment was established in 1938 and incorporated in 1981 under the name Hollywood Park Realty Enterprises, Inc. In 1992, it was renamed Hollywood Park, Inc. In February 2000, the company became known as Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. after selling Hollywood Park to Churchill Downs Incorporated.


Pinnacle Entertainment traces its roots back to 1938, when movie mogul Jack L. Warner opened the celebrated Hollywood Park Turf Club racetrack in Inglewood, California. The original shareholders included some of Hollywood’s biggest names, such as Walt Disney, Mervyn LeRoy and Bing Crosby.

After many years in the horse racing business, the company began a transformation into a casino operator. In 1997, the company acquired Boomtown, Inc. and its three casinos in Nevada, Louisiana and Mississippi for $188 million.[2] In 1998, it acquired Casino Magic Corp. for $340 million, including two casinos in Mississippi, one in Louisiana and a controlling stake in two casinos in Argentina.[3][4]

The company sold the Hollywood Park racetrack in 1999, and in 2000 changed its name to Pinnacle Entertainment. Belterra Casino Resort & Spa made its debut in 2000 as Pinnacle's first company-designed and developed gaming resort. Then in 2005, Pinnacle opened L'Auberge du Lac in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

On September 5, 2006, Pinnacle announced that it purchased Sands Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey and would tear it down to build a $1.5 billion resort.[5] The property was closed on November 11, 2006 and demolished on October 18, 2007. Harsh economic times later caused Pinnacle to delay construction of the new resort.[6] In February 2010, the company announced that it had canceled its construction plans and would instead seek to sell the land.[7]

On December 21, 2006, Pinnacle completed the purchase of the President Casino in St. Louis, Missouri.

Lumière Place opened in downtown St. Louis in December 2007, anchoring an entertainment district that includes The Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis and HoteLumière. In March 2010, Pinnacle opened River City Casino, in south St. Louis County. Pinnacle announced the expansion of its L’Auberge Baton Rouge project in September 2010 and held a Grand Opening on September 1, 2012. The planned August 29 Grand Opening was postponed due to Hurricane Isaac.[citation needed]

On November 9, 2009, chief executive officer Dan Lee was forced out by the company's board of directors after reportedly physically confronting and threatening a St. Louis County official.[8][9]

In July 2010, the company sold its Argentina casinos for $40 million.[10]

In January 2011, Pinnacle closed on the purchase of River Downs in southeast Cincinnati.

The company agreed in April 2012 to buy a 75.5% stake in Retama Park, a money-losing horse track in Selma, Texas, for $22.8 million. The purchase is seen as a "defensive move" to help soften the blow if gaming in Texas is expanded and draws visitors away from Pinnacle's Lake Charles properties.[11]

In May 2011, Pinnacle expanded into the Asian gaming market with a $95 million investment for 26 percent ownership of Asian Coast Development Ltd. ACDL is the owner and developer of the Ho Tram Strip, 80 miles away from Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam, which will be the country’s first large-scale integrated destination resort. Upon the closing of the transaction, Pinnacle will enter into a management agreement through 2058 for the second integrated resort on the Ho Tram Strip.

On June 26, 2012, Pinnacle sold Boomtown Reno for $12.9 million to M1 Gaming, the company of former Station Casinos executive Dean DiLullo.[12]

On August 14, 2013, Pinnacle bought Ameristar Casinos for $869 million plus $1.9 billion in assumed debt,[13][14] adding nine properties in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Mississippi and Northern Nevada. To gain FTC approval for the merger, Pinnacle agreed to sell its Lumiere Place property and Ameristar's under-construction casino in Lake Charles.

Resorts and casinos[edit]

United States[edit]

Previous operations[edit]


United States[edit]


  1. ^ "Pinnacle Entertainment Reports 2014 First Quarter Financial Results". Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Hollywood Park completes merger". Las Vegas Review-Journal. July 2, 1997. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hollywood Park completes acquisition of Casino Magic" (Press release). Hollywood Park, Inc. October 17, 1998. 
  4. ^ "Hollywood Park to buy Casino Magic for $81 million". The New York Times. February 20, 1998. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  5. ^ Haught, J. Staas (September 6, 2006). "Sands sold, will close; Pinnacle plans to build $1.5B. megaresort casino hotel". Press of Atlantic City. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved September 6, 2006. 
  6. ^ Pinnacle's AC casino plans on 'indefinite' hold[dead link], Forbes, November 7, 2008.
  7. ^ "Pinnacle folds its hand in Atlantic City"[dead link], The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 6, 2010.
  8. ^ Stutz, Howard (November 9, 2009). "Pinnacle Entertainment CEO resignation may alter projects". Retrieved September 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ Blank, Chris (December 16, 2009). "Missouri levies no penalty on former Pinnacle CEO". Retrieved September 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Pinnacle Entertainment Completes Sale of its Argentina Operations" (Press release). Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. July 7, 2010. Archived from the original on October 6, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  11. ^ Danner, Patrick (April 27, 2012). "Retama strikes deal with Vegas company". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  12. ^ Stutz, Howard (June 26, 2012). "Reno's Boomtown Casino changes hands, but keeps its name". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  13. ^ Stutz, Howard (December 21, 2012). "Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment to acquire rival Ameristar Casinos for $869 million". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  14. ^ Stutz, Howard (August 14, 2013). "Pinnacle Entertainment completes $2.8 billion buyout of Ameristar Casinos". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 

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