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August 05, 2004


(Opelousas, LA) - Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino has named Mike Howard as the General Manager. Howard comes to Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino with over 12 years experience as a General Manager of casino and hotel operations.

Below you will find a press release with further information on Mike Howard, the newly named General Manager at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino. To view this press release via the Internet, simply click on the link below or copy and paste to your browser:

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Julie Calzone
President/CEO
Calzone & Associates
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Lafayette Atlanta New Orleans
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337.235.2924 ext. 3 jcalzone@calzone.com
337.237.0556 (fax) www.calzone.com
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For Immediate Release
August 5, 2004

Howard Takes the Reins as General Manager at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino

(Opelousas, LA) - Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino has named Mike Howard as the General Manager. Howard comes to Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino with over 12 years experience as a General Manager of casino and hotel operations.

Howard was most recently the Vice President and General Manager for the Isle of Capri Casino/Resort in Bossier City, Louisiana. He was responsible for all aspects of the property's operation and developed the property's Master Plan, successfully managing the $42 million Phase I, and the $52 million Phase II expansions since 1997.

"Mike's experience in opening new casinos and expanding existing operations is a perfect match for us," said Jonathan Swain, Chief Operating Officer for Peninsula Gaming Company, LLC, the parent company of Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino. "His experience in the Louisiana gaming marketplace should prove invaluable to our operation."

Prior to the Bossier City position, Howard held several senior management positions in the gaming industry such as C.E.O. and General Manager for Splash /Cotton Club Casino/ Jubilee Casino Hotel in Mississippi; the El San Juan Casino/Palmas Delmar Casino/El Conquistador Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and the Hotel Tropicana Casino Resort in Las Vegas. He began his casino career at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas.

Howard was active in the Bossier City community serving on the Chamber of Commerce, Shreveport/Bossier Convention and Tourism Board, Committee of 100, Past Chairman and current Board member of the Northwest Region American Red Cross, and as the Pace Setter Chairman for the United Way.

Contact:
Julie Calzone, CEO/Calzone & Associates
337.235.2924 ext. 3, jcalzone@calzone.com

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