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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The Missouri Gaming Commission has unanimously approved Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.'s acquisition of a rival gaming company, Ameristar, which currently operates two casinos in Missouri, including one in St. Charles.

With that acquisition, Pinnacle expands its presence in the state. The gaming firm will operate four casinos in the state, twice what it operates now.

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Pinnacle Entertainment and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission have reached a deal that could allow the gaming company to complete its planned merger with Ameristar Casinos.

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New figures show that February was a down month for St. Louis-area casinos.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that all six casinos in the St. Louis region reported lower revenue last month compared with February 2012.
 
Figures released by regulators in Missouri and Illinois showed the number of gamblers at the area's casinos also fell.