Texas Treasure to Arrive in Corpus Christi  for Viva Gaming & Resorts Day Cruise Operation

July 17, 2000

Viva Gaming Resorts (OTBB-VIGA) reports that it has taken possession of the M/V Island Dawn, and will be moving the vessel to Corpus Christi directly from its current location in the Bahamas.

Completing the transaction with Discover Dawn Limited Partnership, Viva has engaged the services of Sophlex Ship Management, a Florida Corporation as the ship manager. Sophlex will operate all maritime related duties for Viva’s Day Cruise operation in Corpus Christi. The vessel will be re-named Texas Treasure and has a passenger capacity of 1,464, including crew members.

"We are very pleased to bring Corpus Christi and the surrounding area a truly first-class luxury vessel," Viva Gaming President and CEO, Marty Gross, said. "The on-board addition of full service dining and restaurant facilities, bar areas, show lounge and expanded gaming amenities will make the inaugural sailing of the Texas Treasure in September well worth the wait."

Viva Gaming will begin operations in Corpus Christi by September 15, 2000. It expects the project to attract in excess of 400,000 passengers annually and generate approximately $35 million in revenues during its first year of operation.

Viva Gaming & Resorts is a Las Vegas-based gaming development company, actively engaged in the business of operating, developing and/or acquiring casino properties and related gaming assets in niche markets worldwide.

Statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risk and uncertainties. Actual events could differ materially from those printed herein. Such risks and uncertainties are detailed from time to time in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and/or other regulatory agencies. The company disclaims any obligation to update statements in this news release and relies on litigation protection for all forward-looking statements.

Contact: Anne Kellogg