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Lumiere Place casino opens

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – Pinnacle Entertainment's new casino Lumiere Place opens Wednesday night.

The 75,000 foot gaming floor includes two-thousand slot machines, 45 table games, and a poker room.

But Pinnacle is billing the casino as an entertainment district.

Spokesman Mack Bradley says with Lumiere's four upscale restaurants, it's a draw for non-gamblers as well.

"We're going after both gamblers and non-gamblers," he said. "We want people who just want to have a great time. Whatever it means to you to have a great time, you can come here and do that."

Construction on the $500 million project began in September 2005.

Pinnacle says it will permanently employ 1,000 people.