New Boyd Gaming Casino Date Released - Friday 27th of January 2006

LAS VEGAS – Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) today announced that Blue Chip Casino Hotel in Michigan City, Indiana is expected to open its spacious new casino vessel to the public on Tuesday, January 31, 2006, pending final regulatory approvals. The current Blue Chip vessel is scheduled to close on January 28 at 1 a.m. following which the Company will move the new larger casino into place for an opening the morning of January 31.

Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) is a leading diversified owner and operator of 19 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, New Jersey, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana and Louisiana. The Company is also developing Echelon Place, a world class destination on the Las Vegas Strip, expected to open in early 2010. Additionally, the Company was recently recognized by Forbes Magazine as the best managed company in the category of Hotels, Restaurant and Leisure.

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