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Pinnacle Entertainment To Acquire Ameristar Casinos For $26.50 Per Share In Cash

Gordon Kanofsky, Chief Executive Officer of Ameristar Casinos commented, "We are excited to have reached this agreement with Pinnacle as this transaction maximizes value for our shareholders and provides them with a significant and immediate premium.  We are focused on ensuring a smooth transition and look forward to working with the Pinnacle team. The increased scale and diversification of the Company will expand opportunities for our team members and provide enhancements for our guests."

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, approval by Ameristar's shareholders and required regulatory approvals. Pinnacle expects the transaction to close by the end of the third quarter of 2013. Pinnacle has obtained committed financing for the transaction and the transaction is not subject to a financing contingency.

Financial and Legal Advisory

Goldman, Sachs & Co. served as the exclusive financial advisor and Morrison & Foerster LLP served as the legal advisor to Pinnacle. J.P. Morgan and Goldman, Sachs & Co. provided the committed financing for the transaction.

Lazard and Centerview Partners LLC served as financial advisors to Ameristar and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP served as legal counsel to Ameristar.

Investor Conference Call

Pinnacle and Ameristar will host a joint conference call for investors today, Friday, December 21, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) / 6:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) to discuss the proposed acquisition. Investors can listen to the call by dialing (706) 679-7241. The code to access the conference call is 84097297. Investors may also listen to the conference call live over the Internet at either www.pnkinc.com or www.ameristar.com . A presentation that will be discussed on the call will be available in the Investor Relations section of Pinnacle's website.

A replay of the conference call will be available shortly after the conclusion of the call through January 4, 2013 by dialing (404) 537-3406. The code to access the replay is 84097297. The conference call will also be available for replay at www.pnkinc.com.

About Pinnacle Entertainment

Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates seven casinos, located in Louisiana, Missouri, and Indiana, and a racetrack in Ohio. In addition, Pinnacle is redeveloping River Downs in Cincinnati, Ohio into a gaming entertainment facility and holds a 26% ownership stake in Asian Coast Development (Canada) Ltd. (ACDL), an international development and real estate company currently developing Vietnam's first large-scale integrated resort on the Ho Tram Strip.

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