Ameristar Casinos Confirms It is Evaluating Strategic Alternatives

LAS VEGAS--()--Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ-GS: ASCA) today confirmed that the Transaction Committee of its Board of Directors is evaluating strategic alternatives to enhance stockholder value, including a possible sale of the Company.

The Company has engaged Lazard and Bank of America Merrill Lynch as its financial advisors and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP as its legal advisor to assist the Transaction Committee in its evaluation.

The Company noted that there can be no assurance that the exploration of strategic alternatives will result in any transaction. The Company does not intend to disclose developments regarding these matters unless and until its Board of Directors determines that there is a material need to update the market.

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 and The Horseshu in Jackpot, Nev. (Idaho and the Pacific Northwest).

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

Forward-Looking Information

This release contains certain forward-looking information that generally can be identified by the context of the statement or the use of forward-looking terminology, such as “believes,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “expects,” “plans,” “is confident that,” “should” or words of similar meaning, with reference to Ameristar or our management. Similarly, statements that describe our future plans, objectives, strategies, financial results or position, operational expectations or goals are forward-looking statements. It is possible that our expectations may not be met due to various factors, many of which are beyond our control, and we therefore cannot give any assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. For a discussion of relevant factors, risks and uncertainties that could materially affect our future results, attention is directed to “Item 1A. Risk Factors” and “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, and “Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2010. As noted above, there can be no assurance that the exploration of strategic alternatives will result in any transaction.

Contacts

Investor:
Ameristar Casinos, Inc.
Tom Steinbauer, 702-567-7000
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
or
Media:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Dan Katcher / Sharon Stern, 212-355-4449

Contacts

Investor:
Ameristar Casinos, Inc.
Tom Steinbauer, 702-567-7000
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
or
Media:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Dan Katcher / Sharon Stern, 212-355-4449