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Penn National Allowed to Keep Argosy Casino

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

WYOMISSING, Pennsylvania -- Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PENN: Nasdaq) announced yesterday that the Illinois Gaming Board ("IGB") has agreed to allow the company to retain the Argosy Casino-AltonArgosy Alton
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  in Alton, Illinois. In addition, the Board granted Penn National an extension to the time limit by which it is required to reach a definitive sale agreement for the Empress Casino Joliet in Joliet, Illinois from December 31, 2006 until June 30, 2008. Penn National assumed ownership of the two properties with its acquisition of Argosy Gaming Company that was completed in October 2005. In September 2005, the Illinois Gaming Board approved the Argosy Gaming Company acquisition. As a condition to that approval, Penn National agreed to divest the Argosy Casino-Alton and the Empress Casino Joliet within fifteen months of completing the transaction.

Peter M. Carlino, Chief Executive Officer of Penn National Gaming, commented, "We appreciate the cooperative and patient approach that the members of the Illinois Gaming Board have taken during this process and are delighted that they have agreed to allow Penn National to keep the Argosy Casino-Alton property. We look forward to being a long-term member of, and contributor to, the Alton business community. We also acknowledge the IGB's willingness to extend the length of time that Penn National has to reach a definitive sale agreement for the Empress Casino Joliet."

As reported on February 15th, the results of Argosy Casino-Alton and the Empress Casino Joliet are accounted for as continuing operations as reflected in Penn National's guidance for the 2006 first quarter and full year 2006.

About Penn National Gaming

Penn National Gaming owns and operates casino and horse racing facilities with a focus on slot machine entertainment. The Company presently operates sixteen facilities in thirteen jurisdictions including Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ontario. In aggregate, Penn National's facilities feature over 19,500 slot machines, over 400 table games, over 1,500 hotel rooms and approximately 600,000 square feet of gaming floor space. The property statistics in this paragraph exclude the Empress Casino Joliet, but are inclusive of the Company's Casino Magic - Bay St. Louis, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and the Boomtown Biloxi casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, which remain closed following extensive damage incurred as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

 

Penn National Gaming
825 Berkshire Boulevard
Suite 200
Wyomissing, PA 19610
Phone: (610) 373-2400
Fax: (610) 373-4966
Email: corporate@pngaming.com
Website: www.pngaming.com
Penn National Gaming owns and operates casino and horse racing facilities with a focus on slot machine entertainment. The company presently operates sixteen facilities in thirteen jurisdictions including Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ontario. In aggregate, Penn National's facilities feature over 18,600 slot machines, nearly 400 table games, almost 1,200 hotel rooms and approximately 565,000 square feet of gaming floor space.
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