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PLAYERS INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES APPROVAL FROM ILLINOIS GAMING BOARD FIRST RIVERBOAT CASINO TO COMMENCE OPERATIONS

    METROPOLIS, Ill., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Players International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAY) today announced that the Illinois Gaming Board has granted its approval to the company for the operation of the Players Riverboat Casino, in Metropolis, Ill.
   The announcement was made by Ed Fishman, chairman of Players International, who noted that as a result of the approval from the Illinois Gaming Board, Players will commence operations of its riverboat casino on Feb. 23, with the first cruise departing at 12 noon.
    The Players Riverboat Casino, an $18.5 million project, is housed on a 1,400 passenger riverboat replica with more than 20,000 square feet of casino action.  A total of 34 slot and video poker machines, 28 blackjack tables, four 14-foot craps tables, two roulette wheels and one big six wheel game will await patrons of the casino.
    According to Fishman, cruises on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 23, 24, and 25, will depart at 12, 3, 6, and 9 p.m.  On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 27, an additional 9 a.m. and 12 midnight cruise will be added.  Normal schedule will consist of cruises departing at 9 a.m. daily every three hours until 9 p.m.; on Friday and Saturday evenings a 12 midnight cruise will be added.
    Players International announced last June that it would commence this first venture into riverboat casino gaming with Hollywood celebrity and international businessman Merv Griffin as a partner in the venture.
    Players International, headquartered in Calabasas, Calif., specializes in the marketing of numerous services and products to the gaming and entertainment industries.  Southern Illinois Riverboat Casino Cruises, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Players International, Inc. will operate riverboat gaming, dining and entertainment facilities in Metropolis, Ill.
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    CONTACT:  Beverly Jedynak of Martin E. Janis & Company, Inc., 312-943-1100, for Players International, Inc.
    (PLAY) CO:  PLAYERS INTERNATIONAL, INC. IN:  LEI CNO ST:  IL


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