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Ameristar Casinos Win 114 Awards in Annual Reader Survey

2 July 2003

LAS VEGAS – (Press Release) -- Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASCA) earned top honors in the annual Casino Player Best of Gaming reader survey, sweeping the state of Missouri for Best Casino and Best Overall Hotel/Casino with Ameristar St. Charles and Ameristar Kansas City, respectively. Overall, Ameristar-branded properties won 39 first-place awards and a total of 114 awards, more than any other riverboat casinos in their markets.

Ameristar St. Charles earned the distinction of winning the most first- place awards of any casino in the Midwest, with 17 first-place honors, and crowned by Best Casino. According to the magazine, "In the casino categories Ameristar St. Charles picked up the crucial Best Casino win, along with Best Blackjack, Best Craps, Best Comps, Best Dealers, Best Hosts, and even Best Slot and Best Video Poker. This is an enormous win for the suburban St. Louis casino." The property achieved this remarkable result within a year after opening as the all-new Ameristar St. Charles in August 2002.

Across the state, Ameristar Kansas City earned 20 awards, the most in the Kansas City market, and with the distinction of the state's Best Overall Hotel Casino. Ameristar's two Missouri properties swept nine first- and second- place awards in the state, including Best Buffet, Best Service, and Best Dealers.

Also in the Midwest, Ameristar Council Bluffs won Luckiest Casino accolades, and a total of 36 awards. The property's table games took first- place honors in the market, earning Best Blackjack, Best Craps, and Best Table Game Tournaments.

Along the Mississippi River, Ameristar Vicksburg received the most Best of Gaming awards in that city, among them Luckiest Casino, Best Slots, Best Gourmet Restaurant and Best Hotel.

"We are very proud that our guests have recognized Ameristar as the best across so many categories," said Craig H. Neilsen, Ameristar President and CEO. "The results of this year's Casino Player survey provide a resounding endorsement of our strategy to provide a total entertainment experience, with state-of-the-art casino floors, and outstanding dining, lodging and entertainment options," he added.

In a separate contest, Cactus Petes Resort Casino in Jackpot, Nevada earned five awards in the Nevada Magazine 6th annual Readers' Poll. The property won the rural Nevada categories of Best Hotel/Resort, Best Place to Gamble, Friendliest Casino, Best Buffet and Best Gourmet Restaurant.

Earlier this year, Ameristar Casino's three Midwest properties captured a record 27 awards in the recent Midwest Gaming and Travel magazine Readers' Choice survey, earning more awards than any other casino company.

Ameristar Casinos, Inc. is an innovative, Las Vegas-based gaming and entertainment company known for its distinctive, quality conscious hotel- casinos and value orientation. Led by President and Chief Executive Officer Craig H. Neilsen, the organization's roots go back nearly five decades to a tiny roadside casino in the high plateau country that borders Idaho and Nevada.

Publicly held since November 1993, the corporation owns and operates six properties in Nevada, Missouri, Iowa and Mississippi, two of which carry the prestigious American Automobile Association's Four Diamond designation. Ameristar's Common Stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market System under the symbol: ASCA.

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