Isle of Capri Casinos Signs Agreement with Lemieux Group - Friday 23rd of December 2005

BILOXI, Mississippi – Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISLE) announced today that the company has signed a joint development agreement with the Lemieux Group LP that includes a provision for Isle to fund a new multi-purpose arena and pursue a gaming license in Pittsburgh. Other terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

"We look forward to working closely with the Penguins as well as state and local officials as we move through the application process. Redevelopment of the Lower Hill and Uptown Districts will return the neighborhood to the community, and funding a new multi-purpose arena will keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh, making this project a win/win for the entire community. At the Isle, we believe that downtown Pittsburgh will become the best entertainment venue in the region," Tim Hinkley, president and chief operating officer, said.

If awarded the Pittsburgh gaming license, Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. anticipates that the construction phase of the project would begin in early 2007, with the prospect of a temporary casino being a possibility. The transaction contemplated under the definitive agreement and development of this project are subject to certain conditions, including but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary licenses, approvals and permits.

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.

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