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Ameristar Vicksburg Honored at 23rd Annual Mississippi Business and Technology Expo

24 January 2006

VICKSBURG, Mississippi -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg was honored today by the Mississippi Business Journal at the Kick-off Breakfast for the 23rd Annual Mississippi Business and Technology Expo. Ameristar was the only casino selected as a finalist for the MBJ's Best Places To Work In Mississippi honor. The event, sponsored by the Mississippi Business Journal, the Mississippi Development Authority, Trustmark National Bank and Supertalk Mississippi, recognizes both public and private sector businesses that have created an outstanding working environment and culture for their employees. Entries were divided into four categories: small, medium, large and mega-large companies; Ameristar was a finalist in the mega-large category, consisting of companies with 500 or more employees.

BEST PLACES TO WORK HONOR

"Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg is dedicated to being an employer of choice for Vicksburg and residents throughout Mississippi. We strive to offer our team members rewarding careers," said Ameristar General Manager Ray Neilsen. "We are pleased to be one of the finalists for the Best Places To Work In Mississippi honor."

Based on its size, Ameristar was required to have 30% participation or a minimum of 300 employees to complete a multiple-choice on-line survey as part of the award entry. Ameristar exceeded that with a participation rate of 45%. Employees were asked about a variety of attributes related to the company's culture and values, communication and cooperation, common purpose, department/team, job responsibilities, learning and development, and performance and recognition.

"At Ameristar, our Team Members are offered careers, not just jobs. We want our team members to have long-term and goals and aspirations," said Annie Jenkins, Ameristar Director of Human Resources. "We are committed to providing a positive working environment for all our employees."

Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ameristar Casinos, Inc, and is the long-time market share leader in the city of Vicksburg. The casino extends over 42,000 square feet and provides non-stop gaming excitement with the latest slot machine technology. Adding to the property's total entertainment offerings are The Bottleneck Blues Bar, with great live entertainment in a Delta-style blues club environment; the Star Awards VIP players lounge; and high definition plasma screens for special event viewing. The property also offers a 150-room deluxe hotel and a variety of dining choices, including The Waterfront Grill and the all-new Heritage Buffet.

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