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Deadwood Gaming in the News

A variety of Deadwood gaming-specific news articles are available on this page.

  • Deadwood Gaming Legislative Updates
  • Gaming Revene & Hotel Occupancy
  • South Dakota Commission on Gaming Annual Reports
  • 30th Anniversary of Gaming Media Coverage
  • Sports Betting Updates

Deadwood Gaming Association Recognizes September 19-25, 2021 as Responsible Gaming Education Week CLICK HERE to READ MORE


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November 2020 Deadwood Occupancy
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04/24/2020: DGA Thanks SD Congressional Delegation for Convincing SBA to Include Gaming in CARES PPP Program
04/03/2020: SBA Excludes Deadwood Gaming Businesses from CARES PPP Program
03/26/2020: COVID-19 Pandemic Shutters Deadwood Gaming Properties
02/02/2020: Sports Wagering News Surrounding South Dakota
02/03/2020: Iowa Sportsbook Caters to South Dakotas
01/08/2020: More on Iowa Sports Betting Popularity 
12/19/2019: Iowa Sports Betting Market Continues to Grow
11/14/2019: Colorado Voters Approve Sports Better + Iowans Wagered $5.6 Million in Second Month of Sports Wagering
11/05/2019: Deadwood Gaming’s Positive Impact During First 30 Years
10/25/2019: Deadwood Gaming To Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Gaming on November 1st at High Noon
10/15/2019: Iowans Wagered $38,528,921 on Sporting Events in September
10/10/2019: Deadwood Gaming Distributes $15,292,209 to Governmental Entities in FY 2019
09/17/2019: Iowans Wagered $8,576,246 on Sporting Events in Two Weeks
09/12/2019: Deadwood Mayor Proclaims September 15-21 Responsible Gaming Education Week


2020 Annual Report
2019 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report


Ceremony Video: https://youtu.be/FiH0Ck5a0F0

What if legalized gaming never came to Deadwood? (Rapid City Journal)
Deadwood Gaming Celebrates 30 Years (Rapid City Journal)
Deadwood Gaming Turns 30 (Black Hills Pioneer)
Yours: Gaming Deals Deadwood a Winning Hand (Rapid City Journal)
Anniversary of Gaming in Deadwood (KOTA TV)
‘Let’s Go Gamblin’!’ (Black Hills Pioneer)


DEADWOOD, S.D. (01/03/2020) –We continue to be grateful to the voters of South Dakota for their support of Deadwood gaming and are happy to announce that we are supporting SB 44, with its amendments, which is Governor Noem’s enabling legislation on allowing legal sports wagers in Deadwood. Giving Deadwood the tools it needs to stay competitive nationally as an integrated gaming destination with legal sports wagering is greatly appreciated.

Deadwood will continue to uphold its promises to the people of South Dakota as great partners with South Dakota Departments of Tourism and Historic Preservation, along with our contributions to Deadwood Historic Preservation, Lawrence County, and area school districts and municipalities through gaming revenue taxes.

We look forward to working with the legislature to get Senate Bill 44 passed so Governor Noem can sign it and we can implement the voters’ wishes for legal sports wagering. Hopefully, we will be able to accept sports wagers by late summer.

Thank you again for your support of Deadwood.


Mike Rodman
Executive Director
Deadwood Gaming Association
PO Box 354
Deadwood, SD 57732


The Facts about 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 January 2021 sports wagering is legal in 25 states and the District of Columbia, and live sports wagering is happening in 20 of those states.
  • 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 ask your legislators to vote YES ON Senate Bill 44!

Additional Information about Sports Wagering

The Basics of Sports Betting

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

Senate Bill 44

Amendments on Legalized Sports Betting

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