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Ameristar Casinos Names New VP

12 September 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – (PRESS RELEASE) -- Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASCA) has appointed Jerome Klint to the position of Vice President of Construction, effective September 1, 2006. Reporting to Alan Rose, Senior Vice President of Construction, Klint will be responsible for construction of Ameristar projects, including department administration and coordination of pre-planning, budgeting, contracting, purchasing and on-site observation of construction.

Klint brings 20 years of senior management experience in construction to the position. Most recently, he served as director of development for MEC Development, Inc., where he oversaw all aspects of the company's engineering, architecture and construction projects in Florida, including Palm Meadows Thoroughbred Training Center and Palm Meadows Estates, the Gulfstream Park renovation, and development of The Villages of Gulfstream Park. Previously, he was President of CORE Program Development, specializing in owner representation for municipalities and private/public joint ventures. CORE's projects included Branson Landing in Branson, Mo.; the City of Donaldsonville, La.; as well as NextStage Theater and Concert Hall and Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Klint also worked with Koll Development Company supervising design, construction and program management of nearly one million square feet of office space; and Precept Builders, where he was Vice President of Construction Management, overseeing construction at Lone Star Park thoroughbred racetrack at Grand Prairie, Texas. He began his career with M.W. Builders, where he was senior project manager for a number of hospitality, entertainment and retail projects nationwide.

Klint attended Gustavus Adolphus College and received a project management professional certification from the University of Texas at Dallas School of Management. He served on the board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.

"We are delighted to welcome Jerry to Ameristar," said Alan Rose, Senior Vice President of Construction. "We have an exceptionally talented construction team that is instrumental in executing our key business strategy of creating the best facility in each market. Jerry's two decades of experience in building premier hospitality and entertainment facilities will only strengthen our capabilities in this area."

Klint joins Ameristar during one of the most dynamic construction periods in the history of the company. At Ameristar St. Charles, construction is currently underway on a new 400-suite luxury hotel with outstanding in-suite amenities, an indoor/outdoor pool, an upscale full-service spa, and a new parking garage. At Ameristar Black Hawk, groundbreaking recently took place for a 536-room, 33-story four-diamond quality hotel. The hotel, which will be the highest building between Denver and Salt Lake City, will feature a Meeting Center, a full service day spa, and a rooftop indoor/outdoor pool -- the only pool in the city of Black Hawk.

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