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Aristocrat Awarded Empress Casino Hotel Contract

17 May 2002

LAS VEGAS—(Press Release) – Leading game and system manufacturer Aristocrat Technologies, Inc., has been awarded a contract to install its OASIS casino management system at Empress Casino Hotel in Joliet, IL. With the addition of the Empress, all six Argosy Gaming Company properties now utilize the OASIS system. The deal gives Aristocrat a substantial market share percentage in the region.

Aristocrat's OASIS systems will monitor more than 6,500 games at the six properties, which include Argosy's Alton Belle Casino in Alton, IL; Argosy Casino in Riverside, MO; Argosy Casino-Baton Rouge in LA; Argosy's Belle of Sioux City, IA; Empress Casino and Hotel in Joliet, IL; and Argosy Casino & Hotel in Lawrenceburg, IN.

Upon regulatory approval, Argosy plans to install Aristocrat's sophisticated Quickets Ticket-In/Ticket-Out technology at the Empress. Ticketing will become active in each Argosy casino upon jurisdictional approval.

"This contract with Argosy is significant to Aristocrat," said company president Mark Newburg, "and demonstrates the confidence Argosy Gaming has in Aristocrat, both in our products and as a company. We're proud to partner with Argosy in providing only the best products to their casinos to service their customers."

Speaking for Argosy, Virginia McDowell, the company's senior vice president of sales and marketing, said, "We currently have OASIS systems in five of our properties, and the installation at Empress will round out our corporate systems strategy. What's exciting about the Empress installation is that, if approved by the regulators, it would open the door for cashless gaming at all Argosy casinos. Cashless should have a positive impact on our business, and we are excited about the possibilities the OASIS system brings. We are pleased to continue our relationship with Aristocrat across all of our properties."

Argosy is a leading multi-jurisdictional owner and operator of riverboat casinos and related entertainment and hotel facilities in the Midwestern and southern United States. Argosy, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates Argosy's Alton Belle Casino in Alton, IL, serving the St. Louis metropolitan market; the Argosy Casino in Riverside, MO, serving the greater Kansas City metropolitan market; the Argosy Casino-Baton Rouge in LA; Argosy's Belle of Sioux City in IA; the Empress Casino and Hotel in Joliet, IL, serving the greater Chicagoland market; and the Argosy Casino & Hotel in Lawrenceburg, IN, serving the Cincinnati and Dayton metropolitan markets. Argosy was named "Company of the Year" at the Gaming Industry Annual Awards ceremony in October 2000, and the No. 1 publicly traded company in the greater St. Louis area in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch May 2002 ranking of the top 50 companies.

The OASIS casino management system utilizes the popular Windows operating platform and advanced electronic monitoring equipment to collect, integrate, analyze and report information on player and gaming machine activity. OASIS enables operators to link all of their data centers together, including casino, hotel, food and beverage, and point of sale.

Aristocrat Technologies, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of global gaming leader Aristocrat Leisure Limited, is responsible for all North and South American operations from its headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada. With its acquisition of Casino Data Systems in June 2001, Aristocrat now employs a staff of more than 600 and offers a diversified product line that reaches into virtually all facets of the casino floor. In addition to both video and stepper slots, the company provides casino management systems, multi-site progressive (MSP) systems, progressive jackpot meters and customized overhead sign packages.

From its worldwide headquarters in Sydney, Australia, Aristocrat pioneered the gaming industry move to video slot technology and continues to demonstrate its mastery of games with higher player appeal in more than 30 countries. The company employs more than 2,400 people across the globe and draws annual revenues in excess of AUD $700 million.

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