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RIO ANNOUNCES MANAGEMENT APPOINTMENT AND CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS

 LAS VEGAS, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Rio Hotel & Casino Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOH) Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Anthony A. Marnell II announced today that Harlan Braaten, chief financial officer and co-general manager of the Rio Suite Hotel & Casino, has assumed full responsibility for the General Manager's office. Braaten replaces Jayme Sevigny who recently resigned to accept a position with another gaming company.
 Marnell stated, "As co-general manager of the Rio for the past two years, Mr. Braaten has been involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations and has played a significant role in implementing the major direction of our successful Rio operating policy. Our board of directors congratulates Harlan and looks forward to working closely with him in his expanded role at the Rio."
 The Rio also reported that its $37 million expansion project underway is on budget and anticipated to be ahead of schedule. Marnell stated, "We anticipate the 430 suite tower will be completed by December of this year. In May of this year we will open Buzios,' a new 85-seat seafood restaurant to be located next to our famous sand beach swimming pool. Our Beach Cafe will be expanded by 100 seats in August and by mid-June we will complete 3,800-square- feet of additional meeting room space."
 The Rio, located on a 45-acre site in Las Vegas, is an all-suite hotel/casino presently consisting of 424 suites and a 54,000-square- foot casino. The Rio was designed to permit multiple expansions in accordance with a conceptual master plan and received zoning approval for 2,400 rooms.
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 /CONTACT: James A. Barrett Jr., president of Rio Hotel & Casino, 702-252-7733/
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