Former Pinnacle CEO applies for 15th gaming license

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Former CEO of Pinnacle Entertainment, Dan Lee has applied for the fifteenth Louisiana gaming license. Dan Lee and company, Creative Casinos plans to build a new hotel and casino resort on the Lake Charles port property, once set aside for the Pinnacle's Sugarcane Bay project. The new $400 million project proposed by Dan Lee and Creative Casinos would be called Mojito Pointe.

Last November Dan Lee was apparently forced to resign as chief executive officer for Pinnacle Entertainment after he allegedly threatened a St. Louis Council member who voted to rezone land allowing for a competitor casino in the area. Lee was cleared on all charges by the Missouri gaming board.

Three other companies have put in for the last license. William E. Trotter is proposing the Hard Rock Casino Hotel, at a cost of $348,814,050. The Hard Rock resort would also be located on the Lake Charles Port property.

Chester Jones with Tomorrow's Investors has applied for the license. The name and cost is undisclosed at this point.

And finally, Penn National Gaming is the only company that has applied for the license in which the casino would not be located in Lake Charles on the port property. Their proposal would place the resort on the Harvey Canal in New Orleans.

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