SOURCE: Ameristar Casinos, Inc.

Ameristar Casinos, Inc.

March 31, 2010 11:39 ET

George Stadler Appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - March 31, 2010) - Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASCA) today announced that George Stadler, a gaming industry professional with nearly 20 years of experience, has joined Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg as the new Senior Vice President and General Manager.

Stadler joins Ameristar from Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in the Tunica, Mississippi market, where he served as Vice President and General Manager since January 2007. Prior to that, he served as President and General Manager for two Aztar Corporation properties: the Ramada Express Hotel Casino, Laughlin, Nev., and the Casino Aztar-Caruthersville, Caruthersville, Mo.

"George's understanding of the Mississippi gaming market and his success in creating revenue enhancement programs make him ideally qualified to lead our Vicksburg team," said Ameristar Chairman Ray H. Neilsen. "Further, his broad experience as an Executive Chef and in Food & Beverage leadership will complement Ameristar's focus on the total entertainment experience." George has an Associate of Arts degree from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y.

About Ameristar
Ameristar Casinos, Inc. is a leading Las Vegas-based gaming and entertainment company known for its premier properties characterized by 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 leading positions in the markets in which it operates. Founded in 1954 in Jackpot, Nev., Ameristar has been a public company since November 1993. The Company has a portfolio of eight casinos in seven markets: Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles (greater St. Louis); Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago (Chicagoland area); Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City; Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs (Omaha, Neb., and southwestern Iowa); Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg (Jackson, Miss., and Monroe, La.); Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk (Denver metropolitan area); and Cactus Petes Resort Casino and The Horseshu Hotel and Casino in Jackpot, Nev. (Idaho and the Pacific Northwest).

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