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GRAND CASINOS ACTIVITIES UNAFFECTED BY NEW VIDEO GAMING RULINGS; FIRM NOTES ALL PLANNED AND PENDING ACTIVITIES COVERED BY COMPACTS

 GRAND CASINOS ACTIVITIES UNAFFECTED BY NEW VIDEO GAMING RULINGS;
 FIRM NOTES ALL PLANNED AND PENDING ACTIVITIES COVERED BY COMPACTS
 PLYMOUTH, Minn., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Grand Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ: GRND) indicated today that the company's activities are not affected by the recent events in Arizona relating to the enforcement activities taken against certain unrelated gaming establishments to enforce recently enacted federal regulations adopted pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
 That view was reinforced by a comment from Minnesota's attorney general, Tom Heffelfinger, who said today that all tribes in Minnesota have entered into compacts with the state outlining what gambling games are legal. "We have no reason to raid anybody," he said. "The scenario here is significantly different than the scenario in Arizona. Many of the tribes have not entered into the compacts in Arizona, and their entire casinos were illegal. All of our tribes have compacts."
 Recent enforcement actions at Indian reservations, aimed primarily at games not approved for those reservations, have generated substantial numbers of calls regarding similar games at Grand Casinos Mille Lacs, Grand Casinos Hinckley and other casinos planned by Grand Casinos.
 "We are reassuring all callers that we have received full approvals for all gaming activities at the facilities we manage, and we will continue casino operations as usual," said Tom Brosig, chief operating officer.
 Brosig noted that video slot machines are allowed under the compacts negotiated between the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians, which owns Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley, and the state of Minnesota. The management company anticipates that future compacts -- between the host tribes and the state governments where new casinos are to be located -- will also include video slot machines and are unaffected by the events in Arizona.
 Grand Casinos, Inc. develops and manages casinos for Indian tribes on Indian land. The company currently manages Grand Casinos Mille Lacs, a 60,000-square-foot facility on behalf of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians and is constructing a second casino near Hinckley, Minn., on behalf of the Mille Lacs Band, which will open this Friday, May 15, 1992. The company's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol GRND.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Brosig or James White, 612-449-9092, both of Grand Casinos; or Michael Rosenbaum of Financial Relations Board, 312-266-7800 for Grand Casinos/
 (GRND) CO: Grand Casinos, Inc. ST: Minnesota IN: CNO SU:


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