Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., Provides Update of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina Damage

    BILOXI, Miss., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Isle of Capri Casinos,
 Inc. (Nasdaq:   ISLE) officials announced today the following update on the
 effects of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina:
     The company has made a preliminary inspection of the Isle-Lake Charles.
 Both casino vessels appear to have weathered the storm fairly well and the
 company currently expects both to be fully operational when the facility is
 reopened. Currently, it appears that the hotels and pavilion area suffered
 only minimal damage. Isle of Capri has business interruption and property
 insurance covering the company's operations and assets. Lake Charles team
 members will continue to work closely with state and local officials to
 determine exactly when the Isle-Lake Charles will reopen.
     In Biloxi, power has been restored to the Isle of Capri hotel that is
 currently being used to house emergency workers. Several hundred team members
 have returned to work at the hotel to provide housekeeping, security and
 limited food service. The casino facility at this location will need to be
 replaced.
     The Isle corporate offices located on Popps Ferry Road in Biloxi reopened
 two weeks ago with all systems back on-line and corporate team members have
 returned to work.
     "Having traveled to Lake Charles and toured the property it appears that
 the Isle-Lake Charles survived Hurricane Rita in relatively good condition.
 Our focus continues to be our team members, in both the Biloxi and Lake
 Charles area, as we try to confirm the safety of our team members and their
 families. Working closely with state and local authorities, we look forward to
 reopening the Isle-Lake Charles as soon as we can safely do so," said
 president and chief operating officer Tim Hinkley.
     The company is requesting that any Isle-Lake Charles team members contact
 1-800-843-4753 to let the company know you and your family are safe.
 
      Contacts:   Allan B. Solomon, Executive Vice President-561.995.6660
                  Les McMackin, Senior Vice President of Marketing-228.396.7054
                  Jill Haynes, Director of Corporate Communication-228.396.7031
 
     Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., a leading developer and owner of gaming and
 entertainment facilities, operates 15 casinos in 13 locations. The company
 owns and operates riverboat and dockside casinos in Biloxi, Vicksburg, Lula
 and Natchez, Mississippi; Bossier City and Lake Charles (2 riverboats),
 Louisiana; Bettendorf, Davenport and Marquette, Iowa; and Kansas City and
 Boonville, Missouri. The company also owns a 57 percent interest in and
 operates land-based casinos in Black Hawk (two casinos), Colorado. Isle of
 Capri's international gaming interests include a casino that it operates in
 Freeport, Grand Bahama, and a two-thirds ownership interest in casinos in
 Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton, England. The company also owns and operates
 Pompano Park Harness Racing Track in Pompano Beach, Florida.
 
     Web site:  http://www.islecorp.com
 
     This press release may be deemed to contain forward-looking statements,
 which are subject to change. This project is subject to contingencies
 including the receipt of all necessary licenses and permits. These forward-
 looking statements may be significantly impacted, either positively or
 negatively, by various factors, including, without limitation, licensing and
 other regulatory approvals, financing sources, development and construction
 activities, costs and delays, weather, permits, competition and business
 conditions in the gaming industry. The forward-looking statements are subject
 to numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ
 materially from those expressed in or implied by the statements herein.
     Additional information concerning potential factors that could affect the
 company's financial condition, results of operations and expansion projects,
 is included in the filings of the Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. with the
 Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
 

SOURCE Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.

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