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John M. Boushy Elected to Ameristar Board

18 December 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – (PRESS RELEASE) -- Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASCA) announced today that its CEO and President, John M. Boushy, has been elected to the Company's Board of Directors. Boushy joined Ameristar in August 2006 as President, and was named Chief Executive Officer in November 2006.

Ameristar Co-Chairmen Ray H. Neilsen and Gordon R. Kanofsky said of the election: "We are very pleased to have John join the Ameristar Board. The substantial industry expertise that made him the ideal candidate to become our CEO will also provide significant value to the Board as we continue to grow Ameristar and carry out the legacy established by our founder Craig H. Neilsen."

Boushy commented: "As a member of the Board of Directors, I am personally committed to achieving Ameristar's tremendous potential for long-term growth based on our legacy, and remaining one of the industry's leaders and innovators."

Boushy has had a long and distinguished career in the gaming industry. Prior to joining Ameristar, he served as a senior executive at Harrah's Entertainment, holding various executive positions within the company since 1979. Boushy most recently served as Harrah's Executive Vice President, Project Development, Design & Construction, where he led the D&C function company-wide and led the master planning for Atlantic City and Las Vegas, capitalizing on the adjacency of properties in both markets.

He has received numerous honors, including top 100 marketing executives, top 100 strategists, and CIO magazine's "20/20 Vision" award, and is the holder of numerous U.S. patents related to service, marketing and profit improvements in a casino environment.

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