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Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk Receives AAA 4-Diamond Designation


February 8, 2011 - Black Hawk, CO

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk is now rated among the nation's elite lodging facilities earning the prestigious American Automobile Association (AAA) Four Diamond designation. Ameristar (NASDAQ: ASCA) is the only casino hotel in Colorado to earn the AAA Four Diamond designation.

Ameristar's 536 luxurious hotel rooms, including 64 suites, opened in October 2009 and now joins Ameristar properties in Council Bluffs, Iowa, St. Charles, Mo., and Jackpot, Nev. as Four Diamond facilities.

One of the lodging and restaurant industry's most illustrious honors, the AAA Four Diamond designation recognizes establishments that consistently achieve high levels of quality and service. It is awarded to those restaurants or hotels that meet or exceed AAA requirements. Less than four percent of North America's premier hotels achieve the Four Diamond designation.

"We are honored to receive the AAA Four Diamond designation," said Gordon Kanofsky, Ameristar CEO and Vice Chairman. "Ameristar prides itself on our outstanding guest service. This honor and the recent Four Diamond designation of our St. Charles, Missouri property are prime examples of the commitment Ameristar has for providing quality properties and guest service."

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk offers great restaurants, a fabulous casino and hotel making it the largest destination in the area. Since its opening in October 2009, the hotel has maintained 95% occupancy filling nearly 250,000 rooms. In that same time-period, Ara Spa has given more than 12,500 treatments and the property's four restaurants (Centennial Buffet, Fireside Kitchen, Timberline Grill and Waypost Deli) have served more than one million meals. The casino floor has 23 table games, a 17-table poker room and more than 1,500 slot machines, featuring more of the newest and most popular slots than any other casino in the market.

Ameristar's luxury hotel and spa features panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. Tastefully appointed and furnished, every room contains features to exceed guests' expectations. Adding to the experience are an on-site fitness center, rooftop pool and Ara Spa, which is a full-service day spa featuring six treatment rooms, hot tubs, sauna and steam rooms.

Each room features:

  • A 37-inch or 42-inch plasma television with HD programming
  • Spacious bathroom with sunken oversized tub and separate shower
  • Oversized cotton bath sheets and sumptuous bath amenities
  • Upscale décor and marble foyer entry
  • Complimentary wireless internet access

Suites additionally feature:

  • Spacious bedroom with comfortable living area
  • Fireplace
  • Two 42-inch plasma televisions with HD programming
  • Spa tub
  • Full wet bar
  • Second guest bathroom

About Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk
Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk, owned by a wholly owned subsidiary of Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASCA), brings the finest gaming, lodging and entertainment to the Denver metropolitan area, from its location just 40 miles west of Denver in Black Hawk, Colorado. Established in 2001, the property was re-branded as an Ameristar facility that opened in 2004. Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk boasts a full-service spa and rooftop pool, 536 well-appointed luxury hotel rooms with four restaurants and an entertainment venue. The resort features a 55,000-square-foot casino offering a complete selection of new and popular slot and table games. The casino includes approximately 1,500 slots, 23 table games such as blackjack, craps, and roulette, a 17-table live poker room.

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 highest quality gaming experience and exceptional 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' 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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