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Ameristar Casinos Reopens Ameristar Vicksburg

1 September 2005

LAS VEGAS – (PRESS RELEASE) -- Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASCA) announced that it reopened its Vicksburg casino at 4 p.m. Central time today after the facility was closed due to Hurricane Katrina.

The casino sustained only minimal damage and power has been restored to the casino and hotel.

The Heritage Buffet will be open during its regular hours; however, other restaurants will remain closed.

Initial reports indicate that none of the property's approximately 950 Team Members were injured, although some may have had damage to their property. The Human Resources staff continues to monitor the situation. Team Members will be paid for the work time missed while the casino was closed. The Ameristar Cares Sunshine Fund is available to Team Members who may need to apply for emergency relief.

"We are tremendously relieved that our Team Members and our facility emerged relatively unscathed from the hurricane," said Ray Neilsen, Ameristar Casino Vicksburg General Manager. "Our thoughts are with our colleagues and their family members on the Gulf Coast and in New Orleans."

Ameristar Casinos, Inc. is a leading Las Vegas-based gaming and entertainment company known for its premier properties characterized by innovative architecture, state-of-the-art casino floors and superior dining, lodging and entertainment offerings. Ameristar's focus on the total entertainment experience and the highest quality guest service has earned it a leading market share position in each of the markets in which it operates. Founded in 1954 in Jackpot, Nevada, Ameristar has been a public company since November 1993. The company has a portfolio of seven casinos in six markets: Ameristar St. Charles (greater St. Louis); Ameristar Kansas City; Ameristar Council Bluffs (Omaha, Nebraska and southwestern Iowa); Ameristar Vicksburg (Jackson, Mississippi and Monroe, Louisiana); Mountain High in Black Hawk, Colorado (Denver metropolitan area); and Cactus Petes and the Horseshu in Jackpot, Nevada (Idaho and the Pacific Northwest).

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