May 7, 2020
By Deadwood City Commission approval of Ordinance 1312, Deadwood gaming properties were able to re-open today, Thursday, May 7th, 2020. We thank the Commission, Mayor David Ruth Jr., and his reopening committee for their hard work and commitment to safely and responsibly reopening Deadwood’s economy.
We also would like to thank Governor Noem and commend her Back to Normal plan:
Thanks to a strong commitment and respect for the principle of personal responsibility, South Dakotans have dramatically changed the trajectory of our initial COVID-19 projections. With our hospitalization capacity currently at a manageable level, South Dakotans are asked to consider the following steps as we look to get back to normal.
– Governor Kristi Noem
The Deadwood Gaming Association is committed to providing the latest COVID-19 resources to Deadwood gaming operators in an effort to keep Deadwood employees and visitors safe as we work with Governor Noem on South Dakota’s back to normal plan. We will continue to provide the best experience possible with these new protocols and safety measures. Deadwood’s diversified entertainment options, recreational opportunities, and historic experiences make us a unique visitor destination.
Thank you for your support of Deadwood gaming!
Welcome to Deadwood!
The Deadwood Gaming Association (DGA) is the only non-profit association representing the interests of South Dakota’s commercial casino industry. Founded in 1990, the association represents the gaming industry before the legislature, the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, and the Deadwood City Commission. Together, these businesses in Deadwood are the entertainment of choice for over a million people annually, generating enormous economic impact throughout South Dakota from out-of-state visitors to Deadwood. Our casinos are also good corporate citizens, contributing numerous resources to the local and state economies. Last year, Deadwood casinos contributed over $15,929,000 in gaming tax revenue for historic preservation, tourism promotion, Lawrence County and its municipalities and schools, the State of South Dakota’s general fund and other governmental entities.
To learn more about gaming in Deadwood, click the navigation links to the left (desktop) or below (mobile).
Vote Yes on Constitutional Amendment B:
Attorney General Ballot Explanation Title – An amendment to the South Dakota Constitution authorizing the Legislature to allow sports wagering in Deadwood.
The constitution currently authorizes the Legislature to allow certain types of gaming in the City of Deadwood: roulette, keno, craps, limited card games, and slot machines. This constitutional amendment authorizes the Legislature to also include wagering on sporting events as a type of gaming allowed in Deadwood.
Under federal law, any gaming authorized by the Legislature to be offered in Deadwood would also be allowed at on-reservation tribal casinos upon amendments to the current tribal gaming compacts.
Vote “Yes” to adopt the amendment.
Vote “No” to leave the Constitution as it is.