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Anchor Gaming Announces Opening of the Pala Casino in San Diego

4 April 2001

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- April 4, 2001 -- Anchor Gaming (Nasdaq: SLOT) announced today that the Pala Casino in Northern San Diego County opened Tuesday evening (April 3). A subsidiary of Anchor Gaming together with Jerome H. Turk, a long time gaming principal and executive, assisted the Pala Band of Mission Indians in the development of the $115 million project and will assist in managing the venture.

Pala is California's first casino offering all the elements of real Las Vegas-style gaming: service, cuisine and entertainment in an attractive quality facility. The 185,000 square foot facility is California's first casino built from the ground up since the March 2000 passage of Proposition 1A.

The Pala Casino opened with all of its amenities available to the public. The casino features 2,000 slot and video machines, 46 gaming tables, a high limit gaming and lounge area and a unique non-smoking gaming area that comprises 25 percent of the casino floor.

Pala also features six restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining, with seating both indoors and outdoors on a large terrace overlooking the beautiful Pala Lake and mountains, two entertainment venues and a 20,000 square foot events center seating 2,000 for concerts, boxing and banquets. The facility is located in northern San Diego County five miles off Interstate 15 on State Highway 76.

Robert Smith, Tribal Council Chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians stated, ``We have constructed a world class facility on our land and look forward to the long-term benefits associated with such an enterprise.''

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