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Ameristar Casinos Announces the Transfer of General Managers Sherri Summers and Andy Hamblen

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwire) -- 07/09/12 -- Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASCA) today announced that Sherri Summers, Ameristar's Jackpot, Nev., properties' Senior Vice President and General Manager has transferred to Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk, Colo., where she will serve as Senior Vice President and General Manager. Andy Hamblen, Ameristar Black Hawk's Senior Vice President and General Manager transferred to Cactus Petes Resort Casino and Horseshu Hotel and Casino, Jackpot, Nev., and will serve as Senior Vice President and General Manager.

Summers served nearly a decade as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Ameristar's Jackpot, Nev., properties. She began her career at Ameristar's Cactus Petes in 1987. She was promoted many times during her tenure, beginning her career as a front desk clerk, and eventually serving as Hotel Manager, Director of Hotel Operations and Assistant General Manager / Acting General Manager. She then spent two years at Caesars Tahoe Resort Casino in Lake Tahoe, Nev., as Director of Hotel Operations. She returned to Jackpot in her current position as Senior Vice President and General Manager in 2002. In 2009, she also spent time at Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs as the interim General Manager until a replacement was named.

Hamblen originally joined Ameristar in May 1996 as Ameristar's Cactus Petes employment and training coordinator, later transferring to Ameristar's former property in Henderson, Nev., The Reserve, as Human Resources Director in 1999. He then left The Reserve for a Corporate Human Resources Manager position with Glanbia Foods in Twin Falls, Idaho. Andy rejoined Ameristar and Cactus Petes in 2005 as the Human Resources Director. In 2009, he was promoted to Cactus Petes' Assistant General Manager and a year later was promoted to the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk. Prior to his career in gaming, Andy was a private business-owner; and he has more than 25 years of leadership experience.

"Sherri is a longtime and highly skilled Ameristar executive and is committed to the collaborative leadership style we embrace. She is an especially gifted coach and mentor known for her ability to foster teamwork and develop leaders for future growth. Andy's diverse experience and valuable leadership capabilities enable him to build upon the tradition of success and excellence within Ameristar. Both Sherri and Andy have a passion for Ameristar's culture and values, and with their experience and dedication, they will help us continue to achieve growth and success in each market," said Ameristar Senior Vice President of Operations Michelle Shriver.

About Ameristar

Ameristar Casinos is an innovative casino gaming company featuring the newest and most popular slot machines. Our 7,500 dedicated team members pride themselves on delivering consistently friendly and appreciative service to our guests. We continuously strive to increase the loyalty of our guests through the quality of our slot machines, table games, hotel, dining and other leisure offerings. Our eight casino hotel properties primarily serve guests from Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska and Nevada. We have been a public company since 1993, and our stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market. We generate more than $1 billion in net revenues annually.

Visit Ameristar Casinos' website at www.ameristar.com (which shall not be deemed to be incorporated in or a part of this news release).

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