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Indiana Gaming Commission Approves Acquisition of Ameristar Casinos by Pinnacle Entertainment

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LAS VEGAS, June 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pinnacle Entertainment (NYSE:PNK) announced today that the Indiana Gaming Commission approved the Company's proposed acquisition of Ameristar Casinos. Completion of the transaction remains subject to the receipt of additional required regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

Anthony Sanfilippo, Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Entertainment, commented, "We thank the Indiana Gaming Commission for approving our proposed acquisition of Ameristar Casinos, and look forward to entering the Chicagoland market with Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago. The property and its team members have a reputation for providing a high level of service and top-quality guest experience, and we are excited to welcome them to the Pinnacle Entertainment family in the near future. The property will also augment our presence in the broader region, which currently includes Belterra Casino Resort in Florence, Indiana, and in the future, will include our new gaming entertainment center currently being developed at River Downs in Cincinnati, Ohio.

"We continue to make progress toward obtaining Federal Trade Commission and the remaining state gaming regulatory agency approvals necessary to complete the acquisition. We remain on track to close the transaction in the 2013 third quarter," Mr. Sanfilippo concluded.

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 a minority interest in Asian Coast Development (Canada) Ltd., 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, Pinnacle 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.

Important Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on Pinnacle's current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. These forward-looking statements include, among others, statements regarding the completion of the transaction. There is no assurance that the potential transaction will be consummated, and there are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements made herein. These risks and uncertainties include (a) the timing to consummate a potential transaction between Pinnacle and Ameristar may be delayed based on circumstances beyond Pinnacle's control, including the ability of Pinnacle to reach a resolution with the Federal Trade Commission ("Commission"); (b) the ability and timing to complete the dispositions proposed as part of the effort to reach a resolution with the Commission; (c) the ability and timing to obtain required regulatory approvals and satisfy or waive other closing conditions; (d) the possibility that the merger does not close when expected or at all, or that the companies may be required to modify aspects of the merger to achieve regulatory approval; (e) the requirement to satisfy closing conditions to the merger as set forth in the merger agreement; (f) Pinnacle's ability to obtain financing on the terms expected, or at all; and (g) the risk factors disclosed in Pinnacle's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, which Pinnacle filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 1, 2013 and in all reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Pinnacle subsequent to the filing of the Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012. Forward-looking statements reflect Pinnacle's analysis as of the date of this press release. Pinnacle does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, except as required under the federal securities laws. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any of these forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: Investor Relations Vincent J. Zahn, CFA Vice President, Finance and Investor Relations 702/541-7777 or investors@pnkmail.com Media Relations Kerry Andersen Director, Public Relations 337/395-7631 or kandersen@pnkmail.com

Source:Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc.