IGNORING MASSIVE OPPOSITION, THE ST. LOUIS COUNTY COUNCIL
CHOSE PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT


Pinnacle was the casino of choice to operate
in two St. Louis locations. The city of St. Louis chose Pinnacle for their
Lacledes Landing site and the county chose Pinnacle to operate
at the National Lead site in Lemay.


PINNACLE WAS FINED $2.26 MILLION FOR FLYING IN
PROSTITUTES FOR WEALTHY MALE GUESTS

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- An Ohio River casino must pay a $2.26 million fine and close for more than two days over allegations it entertained guests with prostitutes and money for gambling during a golf outing last year. According to commission documents, eight or more women, referred to several times as "hookers," were flown to the casino on a jet leased by Pinnacle to entertain guests at a golf outing in late June 2001. The guests, who were chosen by Pinnacle officials, attended the tournament by invitation. They and the women also attended parties on two nights in the Celebrity Room, an area adjacent to a concert arena.
"Casino fined $2.26 million over allegations of prostitution"/ Mike Smith/7.30.02/Las Vegas SUN

IN -- The last thing the state needs is more gambling. A case in point: the commission's heavy fine last week against the former chairman of a company that operates a boat on the Ohio River. Former Belterra Resort (Pinnacle Casino) and Casino Chairman R.D. Hubbard was fined $740,000 over allegations that the casino brought in more than a half-dozen prostitutes from California to entertain 48 wealthy male guests during a weekend golf outing last summer. According to a lawsuit by two former female employees of the casino, which triggered the state investigation, the escorts fondled the male guests and allowed themselves to be fondled. The women who filed the suit said they were ordered to kiss and pat male gamblers and lure rich Arab men to the gambling facility.
"Dockside must be watched closely"/ No author given/6.25.02/Indianapolis Star