Ameristar East Chicago Announces $4.2 Million Hotel Room Renovation

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Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago, known for its luxurious guest rooms and high quality amenities, announced plans for a $4.2 million hotel renovation project. Renovations will be completed in all of the hotel’s 280 superior guest rooms and 10 luxury suites. This will be the first refurbishment to the hotel since its opening in 2001.

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Ameristar remains committed to both East Chicago and Northwest Indiana even during these tough economic times.

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Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago, known for its luxurious guest rooms and high quality amenities, announced plans for a $4.2 million hotel renovation project. Renovations will be completed in all of the hotel’s 280 superior guest rooms and 10 luxury suites. This will be the first refurbishment to the hotel since its opening in 2001.

“The newly renovated rooms will enhance the overall comfort of our guests and will add to our reputation as one of the premier hotel facilities in Northwest Indiana,” said Pete Savage, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Ameristar East Chicago. “In addition, this project highlights our continued goal of delivering a high quality experience for our guests and providing outstanding amenities that assist our team in delivering exceptional guest service.”

The renovation plans feature all-new plush carpeting, decorative wall paper, enhanced light fixtures, 42-inch high-definition TV’s, and a new luxury bedding package, among other amenities. This $4.2 million project is scheduled to begin in July 2010 and follows nearly $1 million in improvements recently made to the air quality system throughout the four levels of the casino. An additional $800,000 in air quality improvements are also scheduled to be completed in the casino’s pavilion area. These projects are incremental to Ameristar’s initial $30 million in upgrades to the property during its rebranding in 2008.

These enhancements coincide with the recent implementation of reduced pricing in the Heritage Buffet, with lunch available for $10.99 every day, dinner for $12.99 Sunday through Friday, and the new $19.99 Seafood Buffet on Saturdays.

“Ameristar remains committed to both East Chicago and Northwest Indiana even during these tough economic times,” said Ameristar Casinos, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Gordon R. Kanofsky. “We believe our continuing investments in our property will help spur the local economy by attracting even more guests to Ameristar East Chicago.”

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About Ameristar East Chicago
Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago is owned and operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of Ameristar Casinos, Inc. With more than 56,000 square feet of casino space on four levels, Ameristar East Chicago offers more than 1,800 slots, 50 table games and a dedicated baccarat room. The facility offers a variety of dining choices including the Heritage Buffet and Bugatti’s restaurants. A 290-room upscale hotel, the Star Awards player’s lounge and a state-of-the-art promotions center known as Winners Square are additional amenities that guests can enjoy when visiting. Ameristar East Chicago is conveniently located minutes from I-80/94 off Cline Avenue, Exit 5. Coming from the Chicago Skyway, take Exit 10 for 912N and follow the signs to Ameristar.

About Ameristar Casinos, Inc.
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).

Visit Ameristar Casinos’ web site at http://www.ameristar.com
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Contact:
Reginald Dotson
Public Relations Manager
Ameristar Casino East Chicago
(219) 378-3277 direct
(219) 306-0712 cell

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