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Pinnacle looking to expand La. casino plans

BATON ROUGE, La. — The head of Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. says the casino company might expand its plans for a new gambling riverboat and hotel complex in Baton Rouge.

CEO Anthony Sanfilippo said, during a Tuesday conference call with investment analysts, that Pinnacle is confident it can establish a “best-in-market” gambling complex in Baton Rouge.

Pinnacle plans to compete with two existing casino boats in the city. The $250 million project currently calls for a 100-room hotel, restaurants and bars, and an entertainment venue. Pinnacle says about 1,000 people will be employed.

Sanfilippo said Pinnacle is looking at other ideas, such as an outdoor amphitheater, that might attract other developers to the casino area.

Earlier this month, Las Vegas-based Pinnacle scuttled a $305 million plan to build a second hotel-casino in Lake Charles. It would have been a companion to the current L’Auberge du Lac resort, which typically leads Louisiana’s 13 riverboat casinos in the amount of money won from gamblers.

Pinnacle also owns the Boomtown riverboat casinos in Bossier City and the New Orleans suburb of Harvey.

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