Gaming Partners Reports New Board Appointment

12 January 2005

LAS VEGAS -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Gaming Partners International Corporation (Nasdaq:GPIC), formerly Paul-Son Gaming Corporation, a leading manufacturer and supplier of casino table game equipment, today announced the appointment of Elisabeth Carrette to its board of directors. Mrs. Carrette was appointed to the GPIC board, subject to regulatory approval, to fill the vacancy left on the board by the recent death of her husband and former GPIC chairman, Francois Carrette. As previously reported on December 27, 2004, Mrs. Carrette was appointed as Mr. Carrette's replacement as the president of the supervisory board of Holding Wilson, S.A., a privately-held French company that through its affiliates engages in consulting and food distribution. Holding Wilson, S.A. is the majority shareholder of GPIC.

Elisabeth Carrette, nee Rigaud, is a lifelong resident of Paris, France. Her family's business, Parfums Rigaud, is one of the oldest perfumers in France dating back to the early 19th century and was one of the world's leading perfumers by the turn of the 20th century. In 1950, Mrs. Carrette's mother created the Rigaud candle, which remains world-renowned today. The candle is distributed in the USA by Saks Fifth Avenue and other high-end retailers. Mrs. Carrette has been involved in many aspects of the company, Rigaud S.A., such as sales and distribution, and has served on the board of directors for more than 20 years.

Married to Francois Carrette in 1965, Mrs. Carrette learned from his entrepreneurial talents. Over more than two decades, she has served on both the executive and supervisory boards of Holding Wilson, S.A. and helped define the strategy of the group.

Gerard P. Charlier, president and CEO, said: "All of us look forward to working with Madame Carrette who has expressed her commitment to support and further the solid foundation laid by Francois in the continued growth and success of our company."

GPIC also announced two other business notes: first, the notification of a Rule 10b5-1 stock transaction plan as adopted by Eric P. Endy, director of GPIC, and second, a comment that it is not related to Progressive Gaming International despite the incidental similarity of the two companies' stock symbols.

Mr. Endy, a director of GPIC, has adopted, as of December 29, 2004, a stock trading plan pursuant to Rule 10b5-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Rule 10b5-1 allows officers and directors to adopt written, pre-arranged stock trading plans at times when they are not in possession of material nonpublic information. Using these plans, insiders can gradually diversify their investment portfolios, and potentially reduce any market impact by spreading their stock trades out over an extended period of time, while avoiding concerns about whether they were in possession of material nonpublic information when their stock was sold.

The trading plan for Mr. Endy provides for the sale of up to 90,000 shares of company stock that will be issued as a result of the exercise of stock options previously awarded to Mr. Endy and shares owned by Mr. Endy, directly or indirectly. The options may be exercised or shares may be traded during the period from December 29, 2004 through March 25, 2005. The transactions will be traded through Ladenburg Thalmann & Co.

With respect to the second matter, Mr. Charlier stated that "GPIC extends its best wishes to its colleagues at Progressive Gaming International Corporation on their recent name change from Mikohn Gaming Corporation and stock symbol change from MIKN to PGIC. GPIC does, however, wish to clarify that it is not affiliated with PGIC."


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