MTR Gaming Group Enters Into Joint Marketing Agreement with Sheetz, Inc.

Chester, WV, March 26, 2012 --( MTR Gaming Group, Inc. (NasdaqGS: MNTG) announced today that its Presque Isle Downs & Casino property in Erie, PA, has entered into a joint marketing agreement with Sheetz, Inc., a retail chain of gas stations and convenience stores located in the mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley regions.

"We are excited to welcome Sheetz as the newest neighbor to Presque Isle Downs & Casino and we believe this marketing agreement will be a strong driver of traffic to both facilities," said Mike Tamburelli, General Manager of Presque Isle Downs & Casino. "Sheetz is a dynamic company that has extremely loyal patrons, and we look forward to working closely with them."

Sheetz is scheduled to open the new store during the third quarter of 2012 directly across the street from Presque Isle Downs & Casino.

“As we prepare to open our newest Sheetz location in Erie, we are pleased to be affiliated with the MTR Gaming Group at Presque Isle Downs & Casino. The new Sheetz store located directly across the street from PID will be the company’s 420th store,” said Joseph Sheetz, Executive Vice President of Finance & Store Development. “A Sheetz opening is always a special event. We look forward to providing Presque Isle Downs & Casino’s loyal customers and employees with even greater options at their convenience.”

Sheetz owns and operates stores in many states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The new Sheetz location will create additional full and part-time jobs in Erie, and MTR Gaming Group employees will also receive value discounts at all Sheetz locations.

As MTR Gaming Group expands its operations in the Ohio Valley region, company officials anticipate Sheetz will grow along with them.

“This relationship is uniquely favorable for both parties and their customers,” said Fred Buro Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of MTR Gaming Group. “Customers will receive more value and better incentives by visiting both entities’ properties. The marketing alliance grants Sheetz and MTR Gaming Group the ability to market to the other’s loyal customer base which should translate into more value for the customer, and more customer visits to Sheetz stores and to MTR’s casinos.”

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. It also features a new state-of-the-art nine table poker room which offers tableside dining in a glass-enclosed smoke free environment. The property also has 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 Casino & Racetrack in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, please visit

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America's fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience restaurant chains, with more than $5 billion in annual revenue and more than 14,500 employees. The company operates 412 locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of MTO® subs, sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. Sheetz currently ranks on the Best Places to Work list in Ohio a, North Carolina and Virginia and has been on the list in Pennsylvania for ten consecutive years. All Sheetz convenience restaurants are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information, visit

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For Additional Information, Please Contact:
Fred A. Buro
Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
(304) 374-4037
MTR Gaming Group, Inc.
Jon McMillian