Uh oh, here come the insurance battles I've been waiting for and hoping wouldn't materialize. The first salvo, according to hotel-online:
- Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment on Friday became the first gaming operator to reopen a hurricane damaged casino in New Orleans, but a dispute with its primary insurance carrier could affect redevelopment plans for the company's destroyed casino in Biloxi, Miss.
Pinnacle, which had three of the company's eight casinos closed because of Gulf Coast hurricanes over the past month, said its primary insurance carrier believes damage at the Casino Magic in Biloxi caused by Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29 was the result of flooding rather than a weather catastrophe. The company, Westport Indemnity Corp., plans to limit payments as a result.