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Ameristar Wants to Unite King and Queen Riverboat Casinos

6 May 2001

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – May 26, 2001 –As reported by the Kansas City Star: "The twin vessels at Ameristar Casino in Kansas City were designed to be one vast gambling parlor, and that's exactly what their owners want them to become.

"Ameristar Missouri President John V. Finamore said Friday that he would ask the Missouri Gaming Commission next week for permission to tear down the walls that separate the mirror image River King and River Queen casinos.

"If approved, the resulting 140,000-square-foot gaming floor would be one of the largest in the nation -- riverboat or otherwise.

"…Missouri casinos pay a $2 tax for every patron who enters a casino. Two-boat casinos such as Ameristar have complained that since no-wait, open boarding went into effect patrons freely switched vessels, triggering additional taxes.

"…Ameristar Kansas City, built and opened in 1997 by Station Casinos Inc., would be surpassed in size by only a handful of other U.S. casinos, according to Ameristar officials and the 2001 edition of the American Casino Guide.

"…Not many land-based casinos would rival Ameristar either.

"…The Ameristar's dual casinos offer more than 3,200 slot machines, 140 table games and the area's only live poker room. The Ameristar complex includes an 18-screen theater, a 200-room hotel, a live-entertainment pavilion that seats up to 1,200, 15 restaurant, bar and casual dining venues, supervised child care and a nongambling video game arcade…"

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