Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City Announces New Vice President & General Manager and Assistant General Manager

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City announced the appointment of Rodney Centers to Vice President & General Manager and Gary Stella to Assistant General Manager.

Centers joined Pinnacle Entertainment in 2011 as the Vice President & General Manager at Boomtown Casino Hotel Bossier City, Louisiana. "Since joining the company, Rod has demonstrated an ability to effectively lead by developing strategic initiatives that enhance performance, and by creating a great environment for team members," said Neil Walkoff, Executive Vice President of Casino Operations, Pinnacle Entertainment.

"I am excited to join the team and help the property to continue the success it has had in the Kansas City market," Centers said. "My family and I look forward to becoming very involved in the Kansas City community. Everyone has been so welcoming; it already feels like home."

Prior to joining Pinnacle Entertainment, Centers held various leadership roles in the gaming industry in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Louisiana. He is also a Six Sigma Black Belt, and for 20 years, held upper management and executive leadership positions in the manufacturing industry. Centers earned a B.S. in organizational management from California Coast University.

New Assistant General Manager Gary Stella joined Pinnacle Entertainment in 2001 as the Vice President of Casino Operations at L'Auberge Lake Charles, Louisiana. Stella brings more than 20 years of gaming experience to his new role. During his career, he served in various management capacities within the gaming industry.

About Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City

Located just east of downtown Kansas City, Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City offers an exceptional gaming and entertainment experience. The property features the largest casino and the most games in the Kansas City area, as well as one of the largest poker rooms in the Midwest. The property includes a 140,000 square-foot casino; a AAA Three Diamond full-service hotel with 184 well-appointed rooms and suites; seven dining venues, live entertainment in several venues featuring local and regional acts; an 18-screen movie theater; a supervised children's entertainment complex; a video arcade and 15,000 square-feet of meeting and event space.

About Pinnacle Entertainment

Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:PNK) 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.

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

CONTACT: Roxann M. Kinkade, APR Director of Media Relations & Public Affairs 816-719-9494

Source:Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc.