Missouri gaming regulators clear Dan Lee in investigation

Missouri gaming regulators determined Wednesday that former Pinnacle Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dan Lee did not violate state law when he confronted a St. Louis County councilman last month.

Lee issued an apology and resigned from the Las Vegas-based casino operator after the confrontation, which followed the councilman’s support of a rezoning matter for a competing casino. He will be allowed to keep his Missouri gaming license.

The Missouri Highway Patrol conducted the investigation. Lee will have to pay the $16,800 costs for the inquiry.

“I am pleased by today’s ruling,” Lee said in a statement. “The careful examination of the facts showed that no regulations were violated.”

Lee told the county councilman after the vote that he made the worst move of his political career for approving the rezoning.

Pinnacle is building River City, a $357 million casino complex in suburban St. Louis, which is expected to open in March. Pinnacle also owns the President Casino and Lumiere Place casino complex in downtown St. Louis.

“I’d like to be remembered in Missouri for the grandeur of Lumiere Place and River City, which have created jobs, tax revenues and high quality hospitality and entertainment for the entire St. Louis metropolitan area,” said Lee, who spent seven year with Pinnacle.

Pinnacle is in the process of finding a replacement for Lee.

 

Contact reporter Howard Stutz at hstutz@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3871.

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