$375 million facility will be the 13th and last casino to open in Missouri

Pinnacle Entertainment said it plans to open its new River City Casino in Lemay, Mo., some time in early March.

Construction on the $375 million, 90,000 square-foot facility on the Mississippi River just south of the River Des Peres has been ongoing since August 2008. It will feature 2,000 slot machines and some 55 table games and an array of food and beverage options. It will provide more than 1,000 permanent jobs.

Also, it will be the 13th and last casino to open in Missouri under the state’s new capped license system.

It will be the second major casino in the area to be built by Pinnacle in recent years. The Las Vegas-based company opened Lumiere Place in downtown St. Louis in December 2007 at a cost of $500 million.

The company said it expects River City to be more profitable and built Lumiere, in part, so it could get the second license in south St. Louis County.

“River City will bring a new level of entertainment to south St. Louis County and will now be welcoming guests and generating tax revenues sooner than originally anticipated,” Pinnacle’s interim CEO, John Giovenco, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Along with Lumiere Place, River City represents a major investment in the future of the St. Louis area.”