SOURCE: Ameristar Casinos, Inc.

Ameristar Casinos, Inc.

January 13, 2010 18:00 ET

Sean Barnard Appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - January 13, 2010) - Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASCA) today announced that Sean Barnard, a gaming industry professional with 30 years of experience, has joined Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City as the new Senior Vice President and General Manager.

Barnard served as General Manager of the 4-Star, award-winning Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey, Michigan. Prior to Odawa Casino Resort, he served as Assistant General Manager for Bally's Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.

Barnard has also served in Mississippi as Vice President and General Manager of Isle of Capri Resort and Casino in Lula, as well as Senior Director of Marketing for that property. He has also worked for gaming properties in Nassau, Bahamas; and Brighton, England, as both an administrator and pit manager.

"Sean's innovative approaches to creating measurable results, both in increased guest loyalty and positive player experiences will further enhance the efforts of the strong team we have in Kansas City," said Senior Vice President of Operations Michelle Shriver. "His successes include building growth-oriented leadership teams and enhancing Team Member engagement. Sean's involvement in the community makes him a great fit for Ameristar's culture of giving. He has been active in many charitable organizations, including the Ronald McDonald House Charities for which he served as both Vice President and as a member of the board of directors."

Barnard has a Bachelor of Science equivalency degree from the College of Southern Nevada, which he received subsequent to his US citizenship in 1991. He has completed seven levels of CSE Education in England.

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About Ameristar

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 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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