SOURCE: Ameristar Casinos, Inc.

Ameristar Casinos, Inc.

December 13, 2010 13:59 ET

Ameristar Casinos Promotes Heather Rollo to Senior Vice President of Accounting

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - December 13, 2010) - Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASCA) today announced that Heather Rollo has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Accounting, a newly created position reporting directly to Tom Steinbauer, Chief Financial Officer, effective Jan. 1, 2011.

Rollo rejoined Ameristar January 2009 as its Chief Accounting Officer. She previously served as Ameristar's corporate Director of Accounting in 2003-04. Prior to rejoining Ameristar, Rollo served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Progressive Gaming International Corp., a Las Vegas-based worldwide supplier of integrated casino and jackpot management systems.

Rollo has significant experience in the gaming industry, both in senior financial roles with two publicly-traded companies and while working with several large casino industry clients of three international accounting firms. Before joining Progressive Gaming, Rollo was a Senior Audit Manager with international public accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP, where she assisted in establishing the organization's Las Vegas office. Earlier in her career, she held audit and consulting roles with global accounting firms Deloitte & Touche LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP.

Heather Rollo
"Heather's promotion solidifies our senior leadership team," said Tom Steinbauer, Ameristar's Chief Financial Officer. "Heather has made significant contributions to Ameristar, making a noticeable impact both in financial and business matters. In addition, the Board of Directors and its Audit Committee have strong confidence in Heather's leadership of our accounting functions. Among her other accomplishments, Heather oversaw the centralized consolidation of our financial accounting and accounts payable functions since she rejoined the Company, which has improved our operating efficiencies. We will rely on her considerable skill and experience to help us continue to profitably operate our business as we successfully build on our record of offering guests outstanding service and a variety of amenities at our high-quality facilities."

A certified public accountant, Rollo, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science degree in Accountancy from Southern Utah State University.

Forward-Looking Information
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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 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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