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Carl  Icahn Completes Restructuring Tropicana Entertainment Inc.,
Eliminates $2.5 billion Indebtedness, Renews Gaming Licenses in
Five States, Successfully Emerges From Bankruptcy

NEW YORK, March 8, 2010 - Carl C. Icahn announced that effective today Tropicana Entertainment Inc. has successfully emerged from the Chapter 11 reorganization process as an invigorated new company reunited with its signature property in Atlantic City and well-positioned to succeed in today's challenging business environment. The Company operates nine properties in five states ranging from Nevada to New Jersey, which comprise approximately 6,000 hotel rooms and over 450,000 square feet of gaming space.  Affiliates of Mr. Icahn own approximately 47% of the Company and are also lenders under the Company's new exit facility.

As a result of the restructuring, Tropicana eliminated approximately $2.5 billion of pre-existing indebtedness, renewed its gaming licenses in the five states where it operates, restored relationships with its customers, regulators and employees, installed experienced management at each of its properties, and secured $150 million in exit financing to repay its DIP facility and invest in its facilities. 

Tropicana Entertainment is the first major company in the gaming industry to successfully complete a Chapter 11 reorganization necessitated in part by the combined effects of collapsed commercial credit markets and associated declines in the U.S. consumer economy. 

"The company has undergone a complete transformation," said Tropicana CEO and President, Scott C. Butera, who joined the company in 2008 to lead the restructuring.  "We are very pleased that we have been able to turn the Company around in the wake of the country's deep financial crisis.  We have also secured an ownership group that has a long proven track record of success in the gaming industry.  By constantly adjusting to market conditions, we have built the foundations of our company in a way that positions us to achieve profitable long term growth."

As part of the restructuring Butera attracted an entirely new management team and established a governance structure with an experienced board of directors. The new group, with extensive experience in the entertainment and gaming industry, ultimately repaired the company's relationships with regulators as it gained operating authority in critical gaming jurisdictions.

"We are very excited to be reunited with the Tropicana Atlantic City Casino & Resort.  It is a magnificent property and I commend the management and employees for their success during a very challenging time."

"With a manageable level of debt and a more efficient operating style, we are ready to start making investments in sustainable revenue growth," Butera said.  "They will be modest and targeted at first, but we expect over time to deploy our capital in ways that will generate significant returns to our investors." 

As the company worked its way through the reorganization process, it took aggressive steps at the operating level. All of the company's properties are managed by executives who emphasize efficiency and return on investment.  The company is also enhancing customer service at each property and is in the process of upgrading its marketing and promotion programs to employ a more targeted, data-driven approach that relies heavily on proven database marketing concepts as a way to engage and retain customers.

"That we have come this far is testimony to the dedication of the entire Tropicana team," Butera said.  "Our new owners; our advisors, creditors and vendors; our management group; and, most important, our team members, all deserve tremendous credit for the work they have done to help put us on the right track for the future."

Scott C. Butera 
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director

Mr. Butera joined Tropicana Entertainment as President on March 19, 2008, and on June 6, 2008, he was named Chief Executive Officer and appointed a member of the Board of Managers. Mr. Butera is also a member of the Tropicana Entertainment Regulatory Gaming Compliance Committee. On June 30, 2008, Mr. Butera was appointed to the boards of each of Tropicana's direct and indirect Debtor-corporate subsidiaries. Prior to joining Tropicana Entertainment, Mr. Butera held a number of executive positions in the gaming industry, including as Chief Operating Officer of the Cosmopolitan Resort Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, President of Metroflag Management LLC, a casino resort development company located in Las Vegas, and President, Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Vice President of Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, Inc., during which time he was the principal architect of the company's financial and operational restructuring. Mr. Butera also served previously as an Executive Director for UBS Investment Bank, which culminated a fifteen-year career as an investment banker focused on the gaming, lodging, and real estate industries.

About Tropicana Entertainment
Tropicana Entertainment Inc. is one of the largest privately held gaming entertainment providers in the United States.  The company operates over 450,000 square feet of gaming space with over 9,500 slot machine positions and 350 table games.  The company manages hotels with approximately 6,000 rooms; and it employs approximately 7,500 people. The company generates in excess of $900 million annual revenue. The portfolio includes Casino Aztar in Evansville, Indiana; Belle of Baton Rouge in Louisiana; Horizon, Jubilee Casino and Lighthouse Point Casino in Mississippi; Tropicana Casino & Resort in New Jersey; and Tropicana Express, River Palms and MontBleu in Nevada. 


Carl C. Icahn
Tropicana Entertainment
3930 Howard Hughes Parkway
Fourth Floor 
Las Vegas, NV 89169

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