Photo Release -- Pinnacle Entertainment's Louisiana L'Auberge Properties Named Best of the South 2013 by AAA Southern Traveler Magazine

Prestigious Reader's Choice Award Honors L'Auberge Baton Rouge and L'Auberge Lake Charles in Best Casino Category for Games, Entertainment, Food & Memorable Experiences

LAKE CHARLES, La. and BATON ROUGE, La., July 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- L'Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles, La. and L'Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge, La. have earned the prestigious Best of the South 2013 Reader's Choice Award from AAA Southern Traveler Magazine. The annual readers' poll ranks the South's best places to visit, dine, gamble, have fun and enjoy memorable experiences.

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In describing the award, AAA Southern Traveler Managing Editor Deborah Reinhardt said the publications readers are frequent, knowledgeable travelers who 'recognized something special about L'Auberge casinos'. In the 'Best Casino' category, the AAA readers weighed everything from games and entertainment to food and hospitality.

"We are so appreciative of our loyal guests and the readers of AAA Traveler Magazine for their support of L'Auberge," said L'Auberge Lake Charles Senior Vice President and General Manager Keith W. Henson. "This recognition is a testament to our talented and dedicated team members who spend every day focused on delivering extraordinary guest service and solidifying L'Auberge as a must-see resort for visitors to the region."

"We are thrilled to receive the Best of the South recognition within the first year of opening our beautiful Baton Rouge property, said Vice President and General Manager of L'Auberge Baton Rouge Mickey Parenton. "We strive to provide the ultimate Southern hospitality experience and receiving this honor acknowledges our team members' commitment to delivering legendary gaming and dining experiences."

The awards are published in the July/August issue of AAA Traveler Magazine, on newsstands now and online at .

For more information on booking a stay at either award-winning L'Auberge location, please visit .

About L'Auberge Lake Charles

L'Auberge Casino Resort is located on 242 acres of land in Lake Charles, La., two hours from the Houston metropolitan area. This premier facility is ideal for the business traveler or guest looking for the ultimate in hospitality and dining experiences, plus non-stop gaming action. The property includes a 26-story hotel complex with approximately 1,000 spacious rooms and suites; an 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Fazio; 26,000 gross square feet of meeting space, including a full-service business center and landscaped terrace space plus outdoor poolside lawn; two resort swimming pools, lazy river and private cabana courtyard; full-service barber shop, salon, spa and cardio fitness center; retail stores; ten innovative dining outlets; beachside bar, grill and marina; and top-name entertainment. The expansive 70,000 square foot casino features Vegas-like gaming action with 70 table games and approximately 1,600 slot machines, including a luxurious 7-table Poker Room, VIP Lounge and elegant High Limit Salon.

To learn more about L'Auberge, call reservations at (866) 580-7444; visit ; or find us on Facebook at; or follow us on Twitter: @LAubergeLC .

A complete project fact sheet can be found at ; information on Pinnacle Entertainment's guest loyalty program is online at .

About L'Auberge Baton Rouge

L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge is a $368-million premier southern facility located on 575 acres of land in Baton Rouge, La., off Nicholson Drive in East Baton Rouge Parish. L'Auberge captures the feel of a Southern river lodge and embraces Louisiana's rich cultural history, food, music and 'laissez les bon temps rouler' way of life. L'Auberge includes an expansive single-level, 74,000 square foot casino; nearly 1,500 slot machines; 50 table games, including a poker room; a 12-story hotel with 205 guest rooms, unique rooftop pool and state-of the-art fitness center overlooking the Mississippi River; four dining outlets; a unique casino nightclub with breathtaking views of the river; and 2,400 total parking spaces, including 800 in a covered parking garage.

To learn more about L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge visit; find us on Facebook at; or follow us on Twitter: @LaubergeBR.

About Pinnacle Entertainment

Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:PNK) owns and operates seven casinos, located in Louisiana, Missouri and Indiana. In addition, Pinnacle is redeveloping River Downs in Cincinnati, Ohio into a gaming entertainment facility and holds an approximate 23% ownership stake in Asian Coast Development (Canada) Ltd. (ACDL), an international development and real estate company currently developing Vietnam's first large-scale integrated resort on the Ho Tram Strip.

On December 20, 2012, the Company 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, Missouri; Kansas City, Missouri; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Black Hawk, Colorado; Vicksburg, Mississippi; East Chicago, Indiana; and the Jackpot properties in Jackpot, Nevada.

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

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