$380 million River City Casino set to open March 4

The Missouri Gaming Commission unanimously approved licensing Pinnacle Entertainment’s new River City Casino in Lemay, Mo., by a 5-0 vote at the commission’s meeting Wednesday.

The $380 million project is set to open Thursday, March 4.

Garry Earls, chief operating officer for St. Louis County, and Denny Coleman, president and CEO of the St. Louis County Economic Council, spoke in favor of River City’s opening, prior to the commission’s vote, according to a report in St. Louis Business Journal.

The fate of Pinnacle Entertainment’s President Casino on the Mississippi riverfront was not on the commission’s agenda this week. On Friday, Las Vegas-based Pinnacle filed a request for a hearing to dispute state gaming regulators’ plans to close the financially ailing casino in St. Louis.