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Red Hawk Casino GM named

18 April 2008

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Lakes Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: LACO) announced today that Peter Fordham has been named General Manager of the Red Hawk Casino, currently being constructed near Shingle Springs, California and to be managed by Lakes Entertainment and owned by the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians. Mr. Fordham has more than 30 years of experience in the gaming and hospitality industry, specializing in the management of large scale, full-service Native American owned casinos.

Mr. Fordham comes to the Red Hawk Casino from S & K Gaming, LLC, a tribally chartered entity owned by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of northwest Montana, where he served as principal operating officer. He was responsible for managing operations for the Tribe's gaming and hospitality facilities, including the KwaTaqNuk Resort Casino and the Gray Wolf Peak Casino, also in northwest Montana.

"I am very excited to be working with the Shingle Springs Tribal Gaming Authority and Lakes Entertainment," said Mr. Fordham. "I believe that the Red Hawk Casino will be the premier gaming destination in northern California upon its opening later this year."

Mr. Fordham previously served as corporate senior vice president of operations for Cascade Entertainment Group, LLC, a casino and resort management company that partnered with Native American tribes in California. During his four years with the company, Mr. Fordham led the development and opening of Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold, California.

Prior to joining Cascade, he held senior-level positions with Grand Casino Coushatta in Kinder, Louisiana, including general manager and assistant general manager, and at Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota.

Tim Cope, President of Lakes stated, "Mr. Fordham brings with him a strong history of gaming experience and overall casino resort management expertise. I consider Peter a great choice as the General Manager to open and manage the Red Hawk Casino."

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