Casino Execs Gather for East Coast Gaming Congress

9 March 2006

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey –- (PRESS RELEASE) -- One of the strongest casino
executive panels ever assembled will address the 10th annual East Coast Gaming
Congress, May 22-23 at the House of Blues in Atlantic City.

The Congress' "Industry Leaders Forum" will feature six of the industry's
most influential executives in a unique format in which they will address
attendees on issues critical to the gaming industry and then engage in a
roundtable moderated by American Gaming Association President and CEO Frank J.
Fahrenkopf Jr.

Participating in the forum are:

- Peter M. Carlino, CEO, Penn National Gaming

- Robert M. Haddock, Chairman, President & CEO, Aztar Corp.

- Gary Loveman, Chairman, CEO & President, Harrah's Entertainment

- James J. Murren, President, CFO & Treasurer, MGM Mirage

- James B. Perry, CEO & President, Trump Entertainment Resorts

- Keith E. Smith, President & COO, Boyd Gaming

"Collectively, these executives are responsible for more than $19 billion
in annual revenue and a market capitalization of more than $32 billion," said
Michael J. Pollock, Publisher of the Gaming Industry Observer, a conference
co-producer. "More importantly, they lead companies that are having a profound
impact on the economic and employment health in states across the country."

"The Industry Leaders Forum is always the highlight of the East Coast
Gaming Congress. This year we have taken this session to a new level," said
Lloyd D. Levenson, Chairman of the Casino Law Department at Cooper Levenson, a
conference co-producer.

The East Coast Gaming Congress has established itself as industry
showcase, annually attracting nearly 500 industry-related professionals
nationwide. This year's event kicks off with an evening reception, followed by
a daylong conference featuring retail developers, Wall Street analysts, gaming
operators, regulators and public officials.

The East Coast Gaming Congress is produced by Cooper Levenson, Gaming
Industry Observer, Ernst & Young and SOSH Architects. Sponsors include
Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority, Commerce Bank, Gaming
Laboratories International, Jefferies & Co., New Jersey Casino Reinvestment
Development Authority, Progressive Gaming International, South Jersey
Industries, and Vibrant Development.

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