MTR Gaming Group Appoints New General Manager of Presque Isle Downs & Casino

Chester, WV, March 03, 2012 --( MTR Gaming Group, Inc. (NasdaqGS: MNTG) announced today that industry veteran Michael Tamburelli has been named General Manager of its Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie, Pennsylvania. He succeeds former Presque Isle Downs & Casino President and General Manager Fred Buro, who was recently promoted to the role of Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of MTR Gaming Group, Inc. Mr. Tamburelli will report to Joseph L. Billhimer, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of MTR Gaming Group, Inc.

“I am excited to work with the team at Presque Isle Downs & Casino and look forward to the opportunity to meet and work with the community in Erie,” said Mr. Tamburelli.

Mr. Tamburelli brings more than 30 years of successful and diverse gaming industry experience to Presque Isle Downs & Casino, including senior management roles at properties in Oklahoma and Kansas. He joins the Company from Cherokee Casino and Hotel, West Siloam Springs, OK, where he served as Vice President and General Manager since May 2010. During his time, Tamburelli had direct oversight for all departments and managed the property’s business plan and budget. Prior to joining Cherokee Casino and Hotel, Tamburelli served as Vice President and General Manager at Boot Hill Casino and Resort, in Dodge City, KS. He previously spent 14 years with Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. in a variety of leadership roles.

“Michael brings many years of senior management experience with him and we are confident he will excel in his new role as General Manager at Presque Isle Downs & Casino,” said Mr. Billhimer.

Presque Isle Downs & Casino features live poker, table games, slots, entertainment and horse racing. The casino features the latest technology and amenities designed for guest comfort and expectations. The new state-of-the-art nine table poker room opened in October and offers tableside dining in a glass-enclosed smoke-free environment. The property also features four restaurants, including the award-winning Sensory 3 and the Downs Clubhouse and Lounge, which has more than 200 flat-screen TVs and a spectacular seating section for live horse race viewing.

About MTR Gaming Group

MTR Gaming Group, Inc. is a hospitality and gaming company that through subsidiaries owns and operates Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in Chester, West Virginia; Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie, Pennsylvania; and Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, please visit

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For Additional Information, Please Contact:

MTR Gaming Group, Inc.
John W. Bittner, Jr.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(724) 933-8122

Fred A. Buro
Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

MTR Gaming Group, Inc.
Jon McMillian