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Pinnacle given go-ahead for Aug. 29 casino opening


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. has received approval from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board to open its new $368 million Baton Rouge casino on Aug. 29, if the riverboat passes a safety inspection.

The board agreed unanimously Thursday to allow the opening later this month of the facility, called L'Auberge Baton Rouge, subject to a successful inspection and the gambling board chairman's determination that the project is substantially completed.

Jack Godfrey, the company's general counsel, says construction is on track for the grand opening.

L'Auberge Baton Rouge will include a 74,000 square foot casino with nearly 1,500 slot machines and 50 table games; a 12-story hotel; four restaurants; a bar overlooking the Mississippi River; and outdoor festival grounds.


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