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Ameristar reveals expansion

27 May 2008

MISSISSIPPI -- As reported by the Vicksburg Post: "Power drills buzzed, hammers pounded and fresh paint was being applied Friday morning as workers feverishly moved to complete the initial phase of a $100 million expansion of Ameristar Casino in time for the 6 p.m. opening.

"An eight-story parking garage, a live poker room and an expanded gaming floor with approximately 500 slot machines and table games were unveiled Friday.

"...The largest of the city's four casinos even before the expansion, Ameristar is hoping its larger presence in Vicksburg and on the entire Mississippi casino industry will draw more tourists to the city, said public relations manager Bess Averett.

"...About 100 additional employees will be hired for the restaurants, retail store, Starbucks and expanded gaming floor, Averett said.

"...The poker room features 10 tables and is the largest in Vicksburg. The casino originally had a smaller poker room, but it closed in 2002, just before televised poker games skyrocketed in popularity.

"...Following this weekend's soft opening, a grand opening featuring a Corvette car show, crawfish boil and live entertainment will be from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. June 7. Tickets for the event are $15, and can be purchased at the casino..."

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