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Pinnacle Entertainment locations reports minimal damage

3 September 2008

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: PNK) today announced that its Boomtown New Orleans property, located in the West Bank neighborhood across the Mississippi River from downtown New Orleans, and its L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, La. sustained minor damage in the wake of Hurricane Gustav.

Boomtown New Orleans, which closed late Saturday afternoon, Aug. 30, and L'Auberge du Lac, which closed at noon on Sunday, Aug. 31 in accordance with mandatory evacuation orders, both reported minimal exterior damage to their main facilities. Both properties maintained power during the hurricane, either from the power grid or by switching to generators. The company's third Louisiana casino, Boomtown Bossier City, was not affected by the storm and did not close over the weekend.

"We're pleased that Boomtown New Orleans and L'Auberge du Lac came through Hurricane Gustav relatively undamaged," said Daniel R. Lee, Pinnacle's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We believe we'll be ready to reopen later this week, pending regulatory and other approvals and the return of our employees."

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