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Under executive order of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, L’auberge Lake Charles is temporarily closed starting at midnight March 16, as a precautionary measure of the spread of COVID-19. With the closing of the casino, ongoing or scheduled promotions, entertainment and events on the casino calendar during this timeframe have been postponed and/or cancelled.

We’re very appreciative of the overwhelming support from loyal customers like you who enjoy our property and spending time with our team members. We will continue to stay connected with federal and state health officials to monitor the ongoing situation and will provide you with regular updates about our reopening date. We look forward to seeing you soon for more winning moments.

Promotional Updates

  • Cadillac Giveaway – Saturday, March 21 & March 28
  • VIP Car Finalists Giveaway – Friday, March 20 & March 27
  • Gift Series – Sundays & Thursdays through March
  • Mystery Multipliers – Tuesdays through March
  • Platinum Rewards – Mondays through March
  • Platinum Rewards – Wednesday & Thursday BOGO offer through March
  • Military/First Responders Lunch through March
  • Preferred Weekend – April 3 & 4 – moved to June 2020 – more details to come
  • Advantage Kiosk Promotion – April 10 & 11 – moved to June 2020 – more details to come
  • Owners Club Weekend – April 17 – 19 – moved to June 2020 – more details to come
  • Elite Weekend – April 24 & 25 – moved to June 2020 – more details to come
  • Slot Extravagance – April 3, 4, 10, & 11- Cancelled
  • Mini Bacc Hot Seat – April 6 & 13- Cancelled
  • Gift Giveaways – April 2 & 9- Cancelled

We will continue to update our website with information, as it becomes available, regarding further details on these and other events.

Entertainment Updates

  • Blues Traveler Concert – Rescheduled for September 26

We will continue to update our website with information, as it becomes available, regarding further details on these and other events.

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Our Statement

Penn National Gaming to Temporarily Suspend Operations at Its Casinos in Louisiana

March 16, 2020

WYOMISSING, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) (“Penn National” or the “Company”) announced today that Boomtown Casino Bossier City, Boomtown Casino New Orleans, L’Auberge Baton Rouge, L’Auberge Lake Charles, and Margaritaville Resort Casino have received notification from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board (“LGCB”) to temporarily suspend operations for a period of two weeks beginning at midnight tonight as a precautionary measure against the ongoing spread of COVID-19. The LGCB will be continuing to work with the state’s licensed casinos, as well as local, state and federal health authorities to determine safe protocols for when operations may resume.

“The health and well-being of our guests and team members will always be our paramount concern,” said Jay Snowden, President and CEO of Penn National Gaming. “Since the coronavirus threat began, we have implemented stringent CDC-recommended protocols throughout our enterprise, including increased daily cleaning regimens, maximizing air circulation, cancelling or postponing all live events, and we’re in the process of reducing the number of chairs at our dining facilities, table games and poker rooms, as well as the number of slot machines in play at any one time, to increase social distancing, among other initiatives.

“As for our nearly 4,500 team members in Louisiana who will be impacted by this temporary closure, we plan to continue to pay their wages and benefits for the two-week period. In addition, we’ll be donating perishable food items to the local food banks in Baton Rouge, Bossier City, Harvey, and Lake Charles.

“This is a challenging time for all of us, and we are very appreciative of the overwhelming support and understanding from our guests and team members. We look forward to reopening our doors just as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will be taking the opportunity to continue our deep cleaning efforts and preparing our casino to welcome our loyal customers back,” concluded Mr. Snowden.

About Penn National Gaming
Penn National Gaming owns, operates or has ownership interests in 41 gaming and racing properties in 19 jurisdictions and video gaming terminal operations with a focus on slot machine entertainment. We also offer live sports betting at our properties in Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In total, Penn National’s properties feature approximately 50,000 gaming machines, 1,300 table games and 8,800 hotel rooms. In addition, the Company operates an interactive gaming division through its subsidiary, Penn Interactive Ventures, LLC, which recently launched iGaming in Pennsylvania and, through strategic partnerships, operates online sports betting in Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Company also has a leading customer loyalty program, mychoice, with over five million active customers.

Forward-looking Statements
All statements included in this press release, other than historical information or statements of historical fact, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements, including statements regarding COVID-19, the length of time Penn National’s casinos in Louisiana will be required to remain closed and the impact of these or other potential closures on Penn National and its stakeholders are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that could significantly affect the Company’s future financial results and business. Accordingly, Penn National cautions that the forward-looking statements contained herein are qualified by important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected by such statements. For more information on the potential factors that could affect the Company’s financial results and business, review the Company’s filings with the SEC, including, but not limited to, its Annual Report on Form 10-K and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. The Company does not intend to update publicly any forward-looking statements except as required by law. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events discussed in this press release may not occur.