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St. Louis casino to open in March

15 December 2009

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Pinnacle Entertainment has pushed up the opening of its River City casino in suburban St. Louis to early March.

The casino and entertainment complex, Pinnacle's second in St. Louis, had originally been planning a spring opening.

The opening of the $357 million project is subject to final regulatory approval by the Missouri Gaming Commission.

Located in the south St. Louis County community of Lemay, River City will include a 90,000-square-foot casino with more than 2,000 slot machines and approximately 55 table games. Several restaurants are planned, including the award-winning Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse.

River City is expected to create 1,000 jobs.

Las Vegas-based Pinnacle operates Lumiere Place in downtown St. Louis near the Gateway Arch.

Pinnacle Interim Chief Executive Officer John Giovenco said River City "represents a major investment in the future of the St. Louis area."

River City will be the seventh casino in the St. Louis area and the 13th in Missouri.