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Deadwood Gaming's Impact Through the Years

Deadwood Gaming Supports Government Entities Throughout South Dakota

The casino gaming industry provides over 1,175 direct jobs to South Dakota citizens with a payroll of over $46 million per year, and annual employment surveys continue to reflect that the casino industry consistently pays higher wages than similar jobs in other areas. In addition to above-average wages, casino employees receive competitive fringe benefits in the areas of meals, retirement and pension plans, health and life insurance, and exceptional promotional opportunities.

In the 2019 fiscal year, the total adjusted gross gaming revenue was over $100 million, a 2.86% increase from the 2018 fiscal year. However, focusing solely on current “coin in” stats downplays the massive, positive impact Deadwood’s primary industry has had across the state for decades.

Deadwood Gaming Impact
Through the Years

November 1, 1989 to June 30, 2019
South Dakota Tourism – Over $63 million
South Dakota General Fund – Over $48.9 million
South Dakota Commission on Gaming – Over $34 million
South Dakota Historical Preservation – Over $2.5 million
Department of Human Services – Over $277,00
Lawrence County – Over $17 million
Lawrence County School Districts – Over $4.8 million
Lawrence County Municipalities – Over $4.8 million

Every year, casinos make significant contributions to charities and civic projects across the state. In addition, DGA actively promotes responsible gaming with our involvement in the South Dakota Council on Responsible Gaming, which provides the statewide, toll-free gaming helpline 1-888-781-4357, a 24-hour helpline service where problem gamers and their loved ones can get treatment referrals.

Deadwood Gaming continues to make a difference in the lives of South Dakotans through our continued commitment to play a positive role in the state’s economy.

Staying at the forefront of the gaming industry’s trends is vital if we (Deadwood and the state of South Dakota) want to continue to rely on this important economic engine. Deadwood protects the past by keeping an eye on the future.

During the 2020 SD Legislature, Senate Joint Resolution 501. The resolution passed and will now appear as Constitutional Amendment B on the November 2020 general election ballot.

Sports Wagering in South Dakota

Vote Yes on Constitutional Amendment B:

Attorney General Ballot Explanation TitleAn 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.

The Facts about Amendment B – Sports Wagering

  • Until May of 2018 when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the federal sports betting ban, Nevada was the only state that offered legal, regulated single-game betting on both college and professional sports. Now, each state and sovereign tribal nation has the opportunity to set their own policy and legalize and regulate sports betting.
  • Studies show South Dakotans prefer to place their sports wagers in a safe, regulated, legal environment, when allowed to do so.
  • Deadwood needs to continue to be a competitive gaming destination, providing the same gaming offerings as surrounding gaming jurisdictions.
  • Iowa began sports wagering in August of 2019, Montana began in March of 2020 and Colorado began in May of 2020.
  • According to the American Gaming Association, as of June 30th, sports wagering is live and legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia, legal but not yet active in 4 more states and another 8 states have active legislation to legalize it.
  • According to an Oxford Economics study, commissioned by the AGA, sports wagering in South Dakota will provide:
    • 22.1 million in additional gaming revenue
    • 2.2 million in additional gaming taxes
    • 152 direct gaming jobs with
    • 6.1 million in additional income

We ask you to please vote YES ON AMENDMENT B!

Additional Information about Sports Wagering

The Basics of Sports Betting

Where is Sports Betting Legal in the U.S.?

Economic Impacts of Legalized Sports Betting

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