SOURCE: Ameristar Casinos, Inc.

Ameristar Casinos, Inc.

January 14, 2010 17:00 ET

Roxann M. Kinkade Promoted to Director of External Communications for Ameristar Casinos, Inc.

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - January 14, 2010) - Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASCA) today announced that Roxann M. Kinkade has been promoted to the position of Director of External Communications for Ameristar Casinos, Inc. In her new position, Kinkade will handle company press releases and other external communications as well as media relations. She will report to Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs Troy Stremming.

Kinkade joined Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City August 2004 as Public Relations Manager. In that role, she was responsible for media relations and oversaw the property's community affairs and team member communications.

Kinkade has a 16-year career in public relations/communications and joined Ameristar from Johnson County K-State Research and Extension, where she was Public Information Officer. Kinkade serves the community as board member of the Clay County Economic Development Council, Community Health Charities of Kansas and Missouri, Inc. and the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC).

"Kinkade was instrumental in helping to develop our Ameristar Cares charitable giving program in Kansas City," said Stremming. "Under her leadership more than 94 percent of Ameristar Kansas City team members pledged in our workplace giving campaign and have donated thousands of hours in community service. Kinkade is a superb communications professional who has an extensive understanding of the Ameristar culture and broad experience in all aspects of external communications. Her expertise will enable her to lead Ameristar's communications operations forward in a strategic and progressive manner." Kinkade holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations from the University of Central Missouri and recently earned her Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential administered by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She is a member of the Kansas City Chapters of International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and PRSA.

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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