Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc., and Ameristar Casinos, Inc., In the Matter of

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In the Matter of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc., a corporation, and Ameristar Casinos, Inc., a corporation
FTC Matter/File Number:

131 0064

Docket Number:

9355

Enforcement Type:

Federal Injunctions

Part III Administrative Complaint

Case Summary

On 5/29/2013, The FTC challenged Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc.’s proposed $2.8 billion acquisition of rival casino operator Ameristar Casinos, Inc., alleging that the proposed deal would reduce competition and lead to higher prices and lower quality for customers in the St. Louis, Missouri and Lake Charles, Louisiana areas. The FTC issued an administrative complaint against the two companies alleging that the deal would violate U.S. antitrust law. The FTC also authorized staff to seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction if, and when, necessary to prevent the consummation of the acquisition pending the administrative trial on the merits.

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