Blue Chip Christening, Grand Opening on Tuesday - Sunday 29th of January 2006

MICHIGAN CITY, Indiana – Christening and grand opening of the Blue Chip Casino Hotel's new casino vessel, Blue Chip.

Built on site, the boat, which took two years and cost $170 million to build, has the largest hull size of any casino vessel in the country as certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. Blue Chip accommodates more than 6,000 passengers and crew and features 65,000 square feet of gaming entertainment on one level. Blue Chip Casino Hotel employs more than 1,350 area residents.

Christening: Monday, January 30, 2006 2 p.m.

Employee rally follows at approximately 3 p.m.

Grand Opening: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 10 a.m.

Opening remarks: William Boyd, Chairman and CEO, Boyd Gaming; Keith Smith, President and Chief Operating Officer, Boyd Gaming; Judy Campbell, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Blue Chip Casino Hotel

"First roll of the dice" featuring Jesse Metcalfe of ABC TV hit Desperate Housewives

Casino tours begin at 11 a.m.

Where: Blue Chip Casino Hotel 2 Easy Street Michigan City, Indiana.

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