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When Tom Somerville isn’t serving beverages behind the bar, he’s traveling across southeast South Dakota keeping video lottery machines up and running.

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South Dakota Gaming

5/17/2019

article Competition Between Casino’s About to Heat Up
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota was so close to having sports betting legalized. For local casinos like Royal River, the real challenge starts because Iowa is offering...

5/5/2019

article Grand opening for Cadillac Jack's renovations brings in more people
(South Dakota) -- The Grand Opening celebration at Cadillac Jack's in Deadwood continues Saturday and people are filling up the card tables. The newly renovated...
article OURS: Unending alcohol in Deadwood not an easy decision
(South Dakota) -- Little sense of time or location seeps into any vampire friendly casino filled with rotating 7s and endless bells. It’s part of their allure....

4/29/2019

article Question of 24-hour alcohol sales in Deadwood could be put to voters in initiated measure
(South Dakota) -- In an effort to stay "relevant" among its competitors, the gaming destination of Deadwood is hoping to allow alcohol sales 24 hours a day....
article New casino, restaurant in the works near 85th Street and Minnesota Avenue
(South Dakota) -- Another video lottery casino could be coming to southern Sioux Falls. The Sioux Falls Planning Commission this week will consider an application to...

4/26/2019

article Grand Falls Casino plans to offer sports betting if Iowa legalizes it
(South Dakota) -- Sioux Falls residents will be able to hop across the border to Iowa to place sports bets if Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signs the bill legalizing it. The...

4/13/2019

article Keeping gaming machines running
(South Dakota) -- When Tom Somerville isn’t serving beverages behind the bar, he’s traveling across southeast South Dakota keeping video lottery machines up...

3/18/2019

article Casino gets approval from Sioux Falls planning commission
(South Dakota) -- The Sioux Falls Planning Commission this month approved a conditional-use permit for a casino and strip mall to be built next to a growing residential...

3/16/2019

article Casino gets approval from Sioux Falls planning commission
(South Dakota) -- The Sioux Falls Planning Commission this month approved a conditional-use permit for a casino and strip mall to be built next to a growing residential...

3/12/2019

article Casino gets approval from Sioux Falls planning commission, despite concerns
(South Dakota) -- The developers behind Sioux Falls’ network of Deuces and Crown casinos are pushing for another gambling establishment on the southern edge of the...

3/10/2019

article Video lottery making a comeback in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- Eight years after a smoking ban dealt South Dakota video lottery owners a heavy blow, the industry has quietly remade itself, recording last year...

3/9/2019

article New machines, games help video lottery revenues rebound in S.D.
(South Dakota) -- Eight years after a smoking ban dealt South Dakota video lottery owners a heavy blow, the industry has quietly remade itself, last year recording...

3/5/2019

article Deadwood Sports Betting Voter Referendum Measure Dead, Proponents Going Grassroots
(South Dakota) -- Gaming officials say legal sports betting in South Dakota would provide a critical boost to Deadwood tourism and subsequent casino and hospitality...

3/4/2019

article After loss, sports betting backers likely to go grassroots
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota House panel on Monday rejected a measure proposing that voters should decide on legalizing sports betting in Deadwood, but supporters...
article Lawmakers Won't Put Sports Betting On South Dakota's 2020 Ballot
(South Dakota) -- People who want a statewide vote on letting Deadwood and tribal casinos offer sports betting in South Dakota will need to gather signatures in hope of...
article Wild day for sports betting amendment as it gets new life
(South Dakota) -- A measure proposing that South Dakota voters should decide on legalizing sports betting in Deadwood got new life Monday after earlier failing during a...

2/28/2019

article The Next Step? Port Yankton Backers To Set Sights On Petition Drive
(South Dakota) -- Despite suffering a setback this week, a proposed Yankton casino holds another card left to play. By a 13-22 margin, the South Dakota Senate scrapped...
article January casino revenue up in Deadwood compared to last year
(South Dakota) -- Deadwood casinos reported an increase in revenue in January when compared to the first month of 2018, according to data from the South Dakota...

2/27/2019

article Deadwood's gaming revenue, hotel bookings up in January
(South Dakota) -- The Deadwood Gaming Association announced Wednesday that the gaming handle for January was up 1.73 percent over January 2018. Deadwood gaming operators...

2/26/2019

article EDITORIAL: Port Yankton Hits Another Wall
(South Dakota) -- The proposed Port Yankton gaming facility appears to be on life support today after suffering another defeat in Pierre. It most likely has one path...
article Port Yankton Casino will need signatures to make 2020 ballot
(South Dakota) -- Thanks to its location and history, the city of Yankton attracts more than a million tourists a year. To help draw even more people to the area, the...
article South Dakota Lawmakers Reject Yankton Casino Proposal
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota senators have scrapped a measure that would have put a proposed casino complex in Yankton to a statewide vote. The senate voted 22-13...
article South Dakota senators defeat Yankton casino proposal
(South Dakota) -- The Senate has ended an attempt to place a question on the 2020 ballot asking whether to allow gaming in Yankton. After being delayed for nearly a week...

2/25/2019

article Port Yankton Bill Falters In State Senate
(South Dakota) -- A proposed casino in Yankton has been dealt a setback. The Port Yankton entertainment complex and casino hit a roadblock Monday in the Legislature. By...
article Yankton Casino Measure Falls In South Dakota Senate
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota state senators have scrapped a measure that would have put a constitutional amendment that could have paved the way for a proposed casino...

2/20/2019

article Canadian man arrested for Deadwood casino bomb threats
(South Dakota) -- A 45-year-old man is in custody in the Canadian province of Alberta for allegedly phoning in bomb threats that cleared a Deadwood hotel and casino for...

2/19/2019

article Canadian man arrested after bomb threat to Deadwood casino
(South Dakota) -- A 45-year-old man is in custody in Alberta, Canada, in connection with a telephone bomb threat that cleared a Deadwood hotel and casino for about 3-1/2...

2/18/2019

article Nesiba Explains Why He Switched Sides On Deadwood Sports-Gambling Resolution
(South Dakota) -- A state lawmaker explained Monday why he switched sides and kept alive a legislative measure that would let South Dakota voters decide whether the...
article No bomb found following threat at First Gold in Deadwood
(South Dakota) -- The customers at the First Gold Hotel & Gaming Resort in Deadwood got a little more than they gambled for Sunday when two bomb threats were phoned...

2/15/2019

article South Dakota Senate Advances Sports Betting, Yankton Casino Bills
(South Dakota) -- Two bills that would let South Dakota voters decide on two key areas of gambling expansion advanced in the State Senate this week. Senate Joint...
article Sports betting in Deadwood? South Dakota Senate endorses asking voters
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota Senate passed a measure Wednesday that would ask voters to allow sports betting in Deadwood, a plan supporters said would help keep...

2/13/2019

article Deadwood sports betting ballot question receives South Dakota Senate support
(South Dakota) -- The possibility of sports betting in Deadwood is still alive. Senate Joint Resolution 2, which would ask voters in 2020 to decide whether Deadwood can...
article Port Yankton casino plan heads to state Senate floor
(South Dakota) -- A measure to put a proposed casino complex in Yankton on the ballot has narrowly survived its first legislative test. The Senate State Affairs...
article Port Yankton Proposal Slips Through Senate Committee
(South Dakota) -- Debate went into overtime before the Senate State Affairs Committee voted to send a resolution supporting a Yankton gambling casino on to the full...
article Sports betting in Deadwood? Senate endorses asking voters
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota Senate passed a measure Wednesday that would ask voters to allow sports betting in Deadwood, a plan supporters said would help keep...
article Switch To Yes In Senate Keeps Deadwood Sports-Betting Measure Alive For House
(South Dakota) -- Just days after new Governor Kristi Noem said she was opposed to expanded gambling in South Dakota, the state Senate voted 18-14 Wednesday for a...
article Sports betting in Deadwood? Senate endorses asking voters
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota’s Senate has passed a measure that would ask voters to allow sports betting in historic Deadwood. The chamber voted 18-14 on Wednesday to...
article Video Lottery survives fade-out attempt
(South Dakota) -- Gambling addiction was the main impetus behind a bill that would have increased the state’s percent of video lottery revenues from the current 50...

2/11/2019

article Sports gambling in South Dakota unlikely
(South Dakota) -- A government committee in South Dakota recently approved a sports gambling bill by a narrow 5-4 margin. The bill, Senate Joint Resolution 2, goes next...

2/9/2019

article Governor Noem Opposes Sports Betting, Says It Would Be Gambling Expansion
(South Dakota) -- When state Revenue Deputy Secretary David Wiest went to the microphone Wednesday during a Senate committee hearing, he spoke against Senate Joint...

2/8/2019

article Deadwood Sports Betting Still Alive, Senate Committee Passes Ballot Resolution
(South Dakota) -- Deadwood casinos are fighting for the right to operate sportsbooks, and this week the South Dakota Senate State Committee gave them a lifeline to the...

2/6/2019

article Deadwood sports betting proposal heads to Senate vote after narrow victory
(South Dakota) -- The possibility of sports betting in Deadwood is still alive after a narrow victory on Wednesday morning. Senate Joint Resolution 2, which would ask...
article State Senators Face Decision On Sports-Bets Ballot Measure
(South Dakota) -- A resolution to let South Dakota voters decide next year whether sports betting should be legal in Deadwood and tribal casinos moved ahead Wednesday in...

2/5/2019

article Sports Betting Resolution Set For Hearing With SD Senate Committee
(South Dakota) -- Should sports betting be legalized in the gambling town of Deadwood? Senate Joint Resolution 2 is set for a hearing with the Senate State Affairs...

2/4/2019

article S.D. Legislature this week: Lawmakers to debate sports betting, distracted driving plans
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota lawmakers plan to take up bills this week to create a reporter shield law, allow sports betting in Deadwood and ban teaching about gender...

1/30/2019

article Legalization of sports betting could help casinos in Deadwood
(South Dakota) -- The Super Bowl is one of the biggest games of the year - for sports betting. But, you still can't place a legal bet in South Dakota. This week...

1/29/2019

article South Dakota Sports Betting Amendment Would Let Voters Choose Legal Wagering
(South Dakota) -- State legislators introduced a constitutional amendment this week to put South Dakota sports betting on the ballot. A bipartisan group of state...

1/28/2019

article South Dakota’s Attempts at Legal Sports Betting Renewed
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota is again considering legalizing its sports betting industry, or in the very least, a group of senators are pushing ahead with a new plan...

1/11/2019

article In 30 years, gaming has revitalized and challenged Deadwood
(South Dakota) -- As Deadwood saunters into its 30th year with legalized gaming, the Wild West town made famous by Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and a posse of other...

1/4/2019

article In 30 years, gaming has revitalized and challenged Deadwood
(South Dakota) -- As Deadwood saunters into its 30th year with legalized gaming, the Wild West town made famous by Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and a posse of other...

1/2/2019

article Thirty years of legalized gaming has restored, challenged Deadwood
(South Dakota) -- In 1989, South Dakota voters approved the legalization of blackjack and table gaming in Deadwood. The city, at that time, was in decline, its main...

12/30/2018

article What’s the payout on sports betting for South Dakota?
(South Dakota) -- A legislative financial analysis projects that a South Dakota ballot measure to allow legal sports betting in Deadwood wouldn't be a huge...

12/28/2018

article Sports betting wouldn't bring Deadwood tax boost, fiscal analysis says
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota ballot measure to legalize sports betting in Deadwood wouldn’t be a huge moneymaker for casinos or bring in much tax revenue,...
article Fiscal analysis: Sports betting wouldn’t bring big tax boost
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota ballot measure to legalize sports betting in Deadwood wouldn't be a huge moneymaker for casinos or bring in much tax revenue,...
article What’s the payout on sports betting for South Dakota?
(South Dakota) -- A legislative financial analysis projects that a South Dakota ballot measure to allow legal sports betting in Deadwood wouldn't be a huge...

12/27/2018

article Deadwood gaming revenue drops in November
(South Dakota) -- Deadwood’s November gaming revenues showed a decrease of 3.7 percent, with slot machine handle sliding by 4.25 percent when compared to November...

12/8/2018

article Deadwood taking a gamble on sports betting
(South Dakota) -- Gaming has been good for Deadwood’s economy, transforming the town with a failing infrastructure into a premier tourist destination with about $...

12/6/2018

article Deadwood officials leading effort to legalize sports betting in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- Next month, the South Dakota Legislature will be asked to pave the way for legalized sports betting in the state. Proponents pushing a constitutional...
article SA government willing to “ban” the Internet to stop online gambling
(South Africa) -- The government of South Africa is considering banning the internet, in order to put an end to online gambling in the country. This was contained in a...

11/30/2018

article Sports betting in South Dakota? Deadwood moves to corner the market
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota voters could decide whether they want their state to join others across the country that are moving to legalize betting on sports...

11/26/2018

article South Dakota Special-Interest Group Wants Sports Betting Initiative
(South Dakota) -- The fifth smallest state in the nation by population, South Dakota doesn’t want to be left out of the sports betting game. Known for Mount...

11/23/2018

article Sports betting could arrive in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- Sports betting continues to expand in the US and it might arrive in South Dakota after 2020, should a constitutional amendment make it to an election...
article October Deadwood gaming numbers more of a treat than trick
(South Dakota) -- With slot machine revenue leading the charge and for the third month in a row of positive upticks, Deadwood gaming numbers demonstrated a marked...

11/21/2018

article Jackley releases explanation of sports betting amendment
(South Dakota) -- The drive to legalize sports betting in Deadwood takes another step. Wednesday, Attorney General Marty Jackley released his explanation for the...
article Royal River Expands as Tribal Casinos Look for Competitive Edge
(South Dakota) -- There has long been speculation that the gambling industry might be running out time in regard to its heyday of making a lot of money. Besides...
article Deadwood gaming revenue up for October
(South Dakota) -- The trend of positive Deadwood gaming numbers continues with the latest figures released by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. The total gaming...

11/17/2018

article Commissioners block Sioux Falls casino project
(South Dakota) -- Sioux Falls planning commissioners have blocked a plan for another storefront casino on a street that already has a number of gaming options. The...

11/15/2018

article Sports betting still a year away
(South Dakota) -- The Deadwood Gaming Association is still working on getting sports betting in South Dakota, but it could still take more than a year before it's...

11/14/2018

article Casino group wants law allowing sports betting in Deadwood
(South Dakota) -- A casino organization in Deadwood plans to ask South Dakota lawmakers to put a measure on the 2020 ballot allowing sports betting in the historic...
article County commission prepares for gaming compact meeting
(South Dakota) -- In advance of a Nov. 20 meeting to suss out a gaming compact between the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and the State of South Dakota, the Codington County...

11/12/2018

article Sports betting could be on 2020 ballot, gaming official says
(South Dakota) -- With the 2018 election in the rear-view mirror, the 2020 election and its potential ballot measures loom on the horizon, including an effort to...

11/9/2018

article Deadwood Casinos Hoping to Rescuscitate with South Dakota Sportsbetting for 2021
(South Dakota) -- Could sports betting reverse the flailing status of Deadwood casinos? It’s an iffy proposition at best, according to one official, but regardless...

10/24/2018

article Deadwood handle up over previous year for first time since 2015
(South Dakota) -- It seems deadwood may have turned a corner. For the first time since 2015 the gaming handle -- or total number of dollars wagered in town -- is up over...

9/14/2018

article State lottery revenue rose last year
(South Dakota) -- State government received nearly $117.4 million of revenue from gambling on South Dakota Lottery products during the budget year that closed June 30....

8/22/2018

article Deadwood gaming numbers down, national gaming up
(South Dakota) -- While Deadwood gaming numbers are down through June of this year compared to last, the American Gaming Association shows a national increase of more...

8/12/2018

article Deadwood Sees Retail Sales Increase Amid Gambling Decline
(South Dakota) -- Deadwood's gambling revenue may have fallen, but the city's retail revenue appears to be booming. The South Dakota Retailers Association found...

7/29/2018

article Celebrity Hotel and Casino closes in Deadwood
(South Dakota) -- Ken Gienger managed the Celebrity Hotel and Casino for two decades after helping open the business in June 1998. Now, 20 years and one month later, he...

7/28/2018

article Declining gaming revenue claims another Deadwood casino
(South Dakota) -- Another Deadwood casino has closed its doors. This time, it's the Celebrity Hotel and Casino. Celebrity Hotel and Casino general manager Ken...

7/27/2018

article Casino closes but Deadwood economy still strong
(South Dakota) -- It's no question when you think of Deadwood- you think gaming. With the closing of Celebrity Hotel, a business that has been around for 20 years-...

7/26/2018

article Celebrity Hotel & Casino closes its doors
(South Dakota) -- Following a late-2017 Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing and a subsequent dismissal of the case by the owners July 13, the Celebrity Hotel &...
article Deadwood hotel/casino closes, putting 23 people out of work
(South Dakota) -- A hotel and casino that employed nearly two dozen people in the Old West gambling town of Deadwood has closed. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that...

7/25/2018

article Celebrity Hotel & Casino closes its doors
(South Dakota) -- Following a late-2017 Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing and a subsequent dismissal of the case by the owners July 13, the Celebrity Hotel &...

7/13/2018

article Yankton casino backers hopeful for 2020 ballot measure
(South Dakota) -- Backers of Port Yankton, a proposed gambling and entertainment complex along the Missouri River at Yankton, are betting they can gather the necessary...

6/29/2018

article Casper, Wyo., man wins $1M prize at Deadwood casino
(South Dakota) -- A Casper, Wyo., man won more than a million dollars last week from a Deadwood casino, the establishment announced. The man, identified only as Dale L...

6/26/2018

article Deadwood gaming numbers show slight increase
(South Dakota) -- For the first time since January, gaming numbers are up in Deadwood. That's according to the latest figures from the South Dakota Commission on...

6/25/2018

press release Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary with the South Dakota Commission on Gaming
(New Jersey) -- Gaming Laboratories International, (GLI®) is celebrating its 30th anniversary working in partnership with the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. To...

6/8/2018

article Port Yankton proponents eager to bring hotel-casino complex to statewide vote
(South Dakota) -- Backers of Port Yankton, a proposed gambling and entertainment complex along the Missouri River at Yankton, are betting they can gather the necessary...

6/6/2018

article An expansion of gaming looms in South Dakota over tribal concerns
(South Dakota) -- Backers of Port Yankton, a proposed gambling and entertainment complex along the Missouri River at Yankton, are betting they can gather the necessary...
article Happy Jack's pays $45K to settle discrimination suit
(South Dakota) -- A Sioux Falls casino has settled a discrimination case after being sued by a federal agency for violating rights granted to workers with disabilities....

6/3/2018

article Expanded gambling in S.D. could pay off for Yankton
(South Dakota) -- Representatives of the Yankton Area Progressive Growth group had hoped the South Dakota Legislature would approve placing the constitutional amendment...
article Is South Dakota Ready For Expanded Gambling?
(South Dakota) -- Backers of Port Yankton, a proposed gambling and entertainment complex along the Missouri River at Yankton, are betting they can gather the necessary...

5/24/2018

article Deadwood gaming company back in family hands
(South Dakota) -- A Las Vegas-based gaming company’s plans to shutter its Deadwood subsidiary could have meant the end of a longtime family-owned company, A.G....

5/19/2018

article South Dakota casino owners settle disability claim for $45K
(South Dakota) -- A federal agency has reached a settlement with the owners of a South Dakota casino for refusing to hire an applicant taking prescribed medication.

5/18/2018

article Playing the Odds: South Dakota's sports gambling decision has plenty of pros and cons
(South Dakota) -- In a landmark ruling this week, the Supreme Court handed the issue of legalized sports gambling back to individual states, which means wagering on...
article Port of Yankton casino is not dead yet
(South Dakota) -- Backers of the Port Yankton casino project are turning their attention to the November 2020 election. Yankton Area Progressive Growth C.E.O. Nancy...
article South Dakota casino owners settle disability claim for $45K
(South Dakota) -- A federal agency has reached a settlement with the owners of a South Dakota casino for refusing to hire an applicant taking prescribed medication. The...

5/15/2018

article Deadwood casinos may lead push for sports betting in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Monday that voters would need to change the South Dakota Constitution for sports betting to become legal in the state. His...
article South Dakota sports betting would require constitutional change
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota's constitution would have to be changed for legal sports betting to come to the state, Attorney General Marty Jackley said Monday.

5/12/2018

article Port Yankton’s New Play
(South Dakota) -- It’s time for another roll of the dice. Supporters of a proposed Port Yankton entertainment complex are renewing their efforts to include a...

4/27/2018

article South Dakota ranked 2nd most gambling-addicted state
(South Dakota) -- A new report ranks South Dakota the 2nd most gambling addicted state in the nation. The report by the financial reporter WalletHub was released ahead...

4/3/2018

article Casinos to implement policies to monitor potential increased bike gang presence during Rally
(South Dakota) -- Following a Feb. 16 request from law enforcement for the South Dakota Commission on Gaming to ban colors in casinos during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally...

4/2/2018

article New rules approved for underage people in casinos
(South Dakota) -- New rules approved by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming are designed to more tightly regulate the presence of underage people in casinos.
article Horse racing now set in Fort Pierre
(South Dakota) -- Horse races will be taking place this spring in Fort Pierre following some doubts last fall. The Verendrye Benevolent Association had decided against...

3/29/2018

article Gaming commission adopts new age-related notification, policy rules for casinos
(South Dakota) -- Tuesday, at a public hearing to adopt proposed rule changes, the South Dakota Commission on Gaming unanimously approved the adoption of two new rules;...

3/26/2018

article Deadwood Casino Revenue Falls Seven Percent in February, HBO Movie Could Reignite Interest
(South Dakota) -- Deadwood casinos remain on life support, and February certainly didn’t help their prognoses. Data released Monday by the South Dakota Commission...
article Deadwood gaming numbers down, hotel occupancy up slightly for Feb.
(South Dakota) -- February wasn’t as kind as the previous month for Deadwood gaming numbers, according to statistics released by the South Dakota Commission on...

3/24/2018

article Deadwood gaming dips 7 percent
(South Dakota) -- The gains Deadwood gaming started the year out with are now awash, as February numbers took roughly the same 7 percent decrease as the January increase...

3/6/2018

article Deadwood gaming rule changes proposed
(South Dakota) -- Deadwood gambling halls face some potential rule changes. The state Commission on Gaming holds a public hearing Tuesday, March 27 at 1:30 p.m. MT in...

3/4/2018

article Some contruction at Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort could be done by April
(South Dakota) -- Some of the renovations at Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort could be done as early as April. The fourth and third floor renovations of Cadillac Jack...

2/24/2018

article Deadwood gaming starts year in positive territory
(South Dakota) -- It’s a positive start to 2018 stats for the Deadwood gaming industry. January numbers reflected nearly a 7 percent overall handle increase,...

2/23/2018

article Senate keeps Port Yankton off 2018 ballot, at least for now
(South Dakota) -- The Port Yankton gambling project won’t be on the November general-election statewide ballot, the South Dakota Senate decided Thursday. Senators...
article South Dakota says no to casino industry expansion
(South Dakota) -- Senators in the US state of South Dakota have voted against a resolution that would have allowed for the inclusion of a proposal to expand the states...

2/22/2018

article South Dakota Legislature Mulls Extending Gambling Beyond Deadwood
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota lawmakers will debate a bill this week that proposes licensing a casino in Yankton, a city of 23,000 people where the Missouri river meets...
article South Dakota Senate votes down Yankton casino plan
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota senators have voted down a measure that would have put a proposed casino complex in Yankton on the November ballot.
article Port Yankton Bill Narrowly Advances
(South Dakota) -- The road through the Legislature suddenly became longer for the Port Yankton gambling proposal to be on South Dakota’s general-election ballot...

2/21/2018

article 'Port Yankton' passes first legislative hurdle
(South Dakota) -- Could Yankton become the next deadwood? Port Yankton passed its first legislative hurdle Wednesday. A Senate committee approved a joint resolution to...
article Port Yankton gambling plan deadlocks Senate committee
(South Dakota) -- The road through the Legislature suddenly became longer for the Port Yankton gambling proposal to be on South Dakota’s general-election ballot this...

2/20/2018

article South Dakota lawmakers to consider Yankton casino proposal this week
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota lawmakers this week plan to debate legislation on refugee resettlement, early childhood education and a proposed casino and entertainment...

2/19/2018

article South Dakota lawmakers to weigh education and casino bills
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota lawmakers this week plan to debate legislation on early childhood education and a proposed casino and entertainment complex in Yankton,...

2/17/2018

article Port Yankton Gets Support Of City Commission
(South Dakota) -- The City of Yankton has officially lent a voice in support of the proposed Port Yankton project. During a short special meeting Friday, the Yankton...

2/9/2018

article Gaming Commission: Keep outlaws out of Deadwood
(South Dakota) -- Some things just go together. Like peanut butter and jelly. Lennon and McCartney. Bikers and Deadwood. Except when those bikers are outlaws. And that...

2/3/2018

article A move is underway in South Dakota to expand gambling
(South Dakota) -- A move is underway in South Dakota to expand gambling options in the state. Supporters of a proposed casino and entertainment complex in Yankton say a...

2/1/2018

article Native American tribes push back against Yankton casino plan
(South Dakota) -- Native American tribes and a Deadwood gambling association are pushing back against a proposed casino and entertainment complex in southeastern South...
article South Dakota Voters May Decide On Yankton Complex With Casino
(South Dakota) -- Several South Dakota lawmakers want voters to decide on a Deadwood-style casino in the city limits of Yankton. The Port Yankton proposal is a part of...
article Tribes from Nebraska and South Dakota unite to oppose Port Yankton
(South Dakota) -- Several tribes from South Dakota and one from Nebraska have united to oppose plans for a resort and casino in Yankton. They held a press conference...
press release The Yankton Sioux Tribe Challenges H.R. 4865
(South Dakota) -- The Yankton Sioux Tribe strongly opposed H.R. 4865, a bill introduced by South Dakota Congressional Representative Kristi Noem. In a February 1, 2018...

1/31/2018

article Yankton casino push starts at South Dakota Legislature
(South Dakota) -- Supporters of a proposed casino and entertainment complex in Yankton are betting it would help their community and bring in millions of dollars for the...

1/6/2018

article Casino employee accused of staging robberies
(South Dakota) -- A Rapid City casino employee has been arrested after police say he staged two robberies at the business. Carlos Guerrero, 28, has been charged with two...

12/24/2017

article Deadwood gaming revenues drop in 2017
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota Commission on Gaming statistics released Friday show a modest increase for November gaming revenues in Deadwood casinos and a continued...

12/21/2017

article Neighborhood casinos: Sioux Falls Councilor wants city to take a stand
(South Dakota) -- A seemingly abandoned convenience store near the Denny Sanford Premier Center could be resurrected. But the owner wants to dedicate a portion of the...

12/16/2017

article Video lottery making a comeback
(South Dakota) -- Officials said Thursday that South Dakota’s video lottery revenue is nearly back to the peak reached in 2008, before voters approved the...

11/28/2017

article Deadwood gaming numbers down again
(South Dakota) -- Continuing the downward trend that has characterized industry performance for the better part of the year, Deadwood gaming numbers continued to dip in...

11/18/2017

article Gaming Commission fines Deadwood casino
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota Commission on Gaming has levied a total of $75,000 in fines on B.Y. Development, the parent company of Cadillac Jack's Casino in...

11/8/2017

article Sioux Falls City Council: Video lottery doesn't belong in residential neighborhood
(South Dakota) -- The Sioux Falls City Council isn't a fan of video lottery in residential neighborhoods. Sioux Falls businessman Gary Cone earlier this fall applied...

11/7/2017

article City Council Denies Gas Station To Expand Into A Casino
(South Dakota) -- Sioux Falls City Council took up a disagreement between a neighborhood and gas station owner Tuesday night. The owner of Hilltop BP on the corner of...
article Deadwood casino files for bankruptcy protection
(South Dakota) -- Another casino on Deadwood’s Main Street could be in danger of closing after the owners of the Celebrity Hotel and Casino reportedly filed...

11/6/2017

article Casino files for bankruptcy in South Dakota city
(South Dakota) -- A hotel and casino in the western part of South Dakota has filed for bankruptcy protection just two months after actor-director Kevin Costner shuttered...
article Q&A: What's in store for Deadwood gaming?
(South Dakota) -- In light of recent downturns in revenues for Deadwood gaming operators, the Journal caught up with Mike Rodman, executive director of the Deadwood...

10/29/2017

article Convenience Store Owner Trying To Offer Video Lottery, Neighbors Resisting
(South Dakota) -- In every direction you look in Sioux Falls, you will likely see a restaurant, bar or business offering video lottery. But one business owner looking to...

10/24/2017

article Gaming revenues down in Deadwood after Midnight Star closure
(South Dakota) -- The sudden closure of actor/director Kevin Costner’s Midnight Star casino in Deadwood this August is being blamed for an overall dip in September...

10/12/2017

article Bettor Racing Loses Spat with NIGC and Tribal Casino, Goes into Liquidation
(South Dakota) -- Bettor Racing Inc, the South-Dakota-based advance deposit wagering (AWD) and off-track betting operator, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy (...

9/16/2017

article Deadwood’s historic preservation budget reduced yet again
(South Dakota) -- Trustees for the State Historical Society approved a smaller budget for Deadwood historic preservation Friday. The 2018 budget is $6,901,440. The 2017...

9/8/2017

article OURS: Midnight Star's closure no cause for alarm
(South Dakota) -- The news last week that Kevin Costner's Midnight Star casino had suddenly closed in the heart of downtown Deadwood after 26 years generated...

9/7/2017

article South Dakota tribe, against gaming amendment
(South Dakota) -- Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has opposed a State’s amendment in the gaming legislation that removes “a requirement that certain...

9/2/2017

article Lights go out on Costner’s Midnight Star
(South Dakota) -- Once touted as the “Highlight of Deadwood,” the Kevin Costner-owned Midnight Star closed its doors for good Tuesday, silencing the ringing...

8/30/2017

article Casino owned by actor closes in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- A casino owned by actor and director Kevin Costner has shut down after operating for 26 years in the western part of South Dakota.
article Lights go out on Costner's Midnight Star Actor's casino in Deadwood closes
(South Dakota) -- Once touted as the “Highlight of Deadwood,” the Kevin Costner-owned Midnight Star closed its doors for good Tuesday, silencing the ringing...

8/27/2017

article New generation of video lottery out-produces ‘legacy’ machines
(South Dakota) -- The new generation of video lottery terminals now produces more net machine income than the original terminals do, even though nearly twice as many old...

8/26/2017

article Deadwood gaming ticks up slightly
(South Dakota) -- It’s an up. And considering months of the alternative, the industry will take it. According to the monthly summary issued by the South Dakota...

8/25/2017

article Deadwood gaming up; occupancy down
(South Dakota) -- Despite flatlined gaming numbers and a decrease in hotel occupancy in July, Deadwood gaming operators remained optimistic Thursday that a bolstered...

7/27/2017

article Deadwood suffers decline in gaming industry numbers
(South Dakota) -- Deadwood's gaming industry is on a losing streak. The steady decline is raising lots of concern for game operators. Gambling, a main attraction for...

7/19/2017

article Deadwood Creates Drone 'No-Fly Zone' Over Historic Downtown
(South Dakota) -- City leaders in Deadwood have approved a drone "no-fly zone" over the Old West gambling town's National Historic Landmark District.

6/24/2017

article Gaming revenues rebounded in May; hotels up
(South Dakota) -- Following months of successive downturns, gaming revenues in this tourist town rebounded in May, while hotel occupancy rates showed a corresponding...

6/7/2017

article Lawmakers weigh in on proposed casino, event center in Yankton
(South Dakota) -- Yankton city leaders are hoping to cash in on the town's future by building an entertainment center and casino called Port Yankton, downtown near...

5/25/2017

article Deadwood gaming declines; hotel occupancy up
(South Dakota) -- While April gaming revenues in this community declined, industry operators were encouraged this week by healthy hotel occupancy rates for the same...

5/13/2017

article South Dakota and Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe Clash in Court
(South Dakota) -- The Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe is suing South Dakota over the state's interpretation that contractors working on an expansion of the Royal River...

5/6/2017

article Flandreau tribe, state, clash in court
(South Dakota) -- The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe has opened yet another front against the state of South Dakota in its bid to exert more independence over state...

5/3/2017

article Deadwood figures show gaming down, overnights up
(South Dakota) -- According to statistics released today by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, the March 2017 gaming handle showed a decrease of 1.15 percent, with...

4/25/2017

article Gambling addiction grips South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- According to WalletHub, South Dakota is the second most gambling addicted state behind only Nevada. Jill Gonzales says South Dakota ranks third in...

4/24/2017

article Port Yankton’s Path: Look To Deadwood
(South Dakota) -- They stand 400 miles apart, but Yankton and Deadwood share Old West history, beautiful scenery and a draw for tourists. Within two years, the two...
article Potential casino in South Dakota city
(South Dakota) -- A city in South Dakota is attempting to use a constitutional amendment from 1988 for the installation of a casino. Authorities of Yankton city have...

4/11/2017

article Four charged in blackjack cheating scam at northeast SD casino
(South Dakota) -- Three former Dakota Sioux Casino employees and a blackjack player have pleaded not guilty to a cheating conspiracy where they are accused of stealing $...

3/29/2017

article Deadwood gamers bet $10M less in February
(South Dakota) -- While hotel occupancy rates in this Northern Hills tourist town remained constant in February, gaming revenues plummeted, according to reports from the...
article Yankton officials want to build a casino
(South Dakota) -- Yankton officials said that they’re working on a measure that would allow the construction of a casino and entertainment center in downtown...

3/28/2017

article South Dakota tribal casinos sign gaming compact extensions
(South Dakota) -- The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe have signed in South Dakota short term extensions to their Class III gaming compacts. The tribes...

3/27/2017

article South Dakota tribes sign short-term gaming compact extensions
(South Dakota) -- In South Dakota, the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe have signed short-term extensions to their Class III gaming compacts despite an...
article Yankton city leaders looking into building a casino
(South Dakota) -- Yankton city leaders are looking to cash in on what some are calling a big win for the future of the community. Officials recently announced to the...

3/20/2017

article South Dakota, Tribe Double Down In Casino Tax Battle [sub req]
(South Dakota) -- The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the state of South Dakota traded blows in federal court Friday in their tax battle, with the tribe claiming that...

3/8/2017

article Yankton Officials Trying To Cash In On Multi-Million Dollar Casino
(South Dakota) -- Business leaders on the southeast side of the state are betting on a big entertainment facility they believe could produce millions of dollars in...

3/6/2017

article Crow Creek seeking new gaming deal with state; maybe new casino site in Hughes County
(South Dakota) -- The Crow Creek Sioux tribe, on its reservation based at Fort Thompson, southeast of Pierre on the east bank of the Missouri River, plans to expand its...

2/27/2017

article Slow start to year for Deadwood gaming, hotels
(South Dakota) -- Deadwood gaming is off to a slow start in 2017, as January numbers reflected nearly a 10 percent overall decline in the handle, according to monthly...

2/21/2017

article Indiana House considers preventing South Bend from receiving casino tax revenue
(Indiana) -- An amended gambling bill, now before the Indiana House, stands to make South Bend a big loser. South Bend and all other governmental entities that don't...

2/19/2017

article Old South Dakota town to get development funding
(South Dakota) -- Deadwood city commissioners have granted a request from the Historic Preservation Commission to update the Old West gambling town's improvement...

1/30/2017

article Gambling in Deadwood declines 25 percent
(South Dakota) -- Gambling in Deadwood fell 25 percent in December compared to the same month in 2015, and the industry finished the year with a 5 percent drop in...

1/28/2017

article December gaming numbers tank
(South Dakota) -- A slump that hit Deadwood gaming establishments has the December handle down a drastic 25 percent from 2015 levels, with the industry finishing the...

1/27/2017

article Deadwood gaming revenues steeply off
(South Dakota) -- A sharp dive in gaming revenue shocked the City of Deadwood and has officials waking up to what may be a new reality – that gambling alone won...

1/3/2017

article Deadwood backs expansion of Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort
(South Dakota) -- A major expansion of Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort has cleared its first hurdle, and Deadwood's mayor says it could cause other hotel operators...

12/29/2016

article New $25-29M hotel planned for Deadwood
(South Dakota) -- The second major expansion of Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort, pegged at $25 million to $29 million, cleared its first hurdle last week, and Deadwood...

12/27/2016

article November gaming numbers bounce back
(South Dakota) -- A small, albeit, positive increase in the November gaming numbers is good news for the industry, which has struggled to bring monthly numbers into the...

12/26/2016

article Gambling revenue increases 1.36% increase in November
(South Dakota) -- After months of successive declines, gaming revenues posted a modest increase in November, statistics released Friday by the South Dakota Commission on...

12/23/2016

article Man drives into casino; caught with Meth, shotgun
(South Dakota) -- A man faces several charges after crashing into a local casino. It all went down just before noon on Thursday. Police responded to the Queen of Hearts...

12/13/2016

article Gaming numbers continue to be down for Deadwood
(South Dakota) -- Being described as the 'unfortunate norm' for 2016, gaming numbers are down once again for the City of Deadwood. The most recent numbers stem...

11/30/2016

article Gaming in Deadwood down 6.62% in October
(South Dakota) -- Table game revenues plummeted 12.44 percent in October, the biggest nosedive since roulette, craps and keno were introduced in July 2015, according to...

11/12/2016

article Lawsuit seeks $32.5M from Deadwood casino developers
(South Dakota) -- A company that provided financing for a Deadwood hotel and casino through South Dakota's embattled investment-for-visa program is trying to recover...

11/11/2016

article Casino investors sue Bollen over EB-5 operation
(South Dakota) -- A group of investors in a Deadwood casino has filed a lawsuit against the Aberdeen man who headed the state's investment-for-green card program....

9/25/2016

article Hotel occupancy, gambling money down in Deadwood for August
(South Dakota) -- Officials say hotel occupancy rates and gambling revenue in Deadwood each fell more than 4 percent in August compared to the same month a year ago.

9/16/2016

article Video lottery security will be studied, but scope will be smaller and cost less
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota Lottery Commission on Thursday green-lighted a scaled-down study of security at video gambling businesses across the state, including...

9/15/2016

article Sioux Falls casino sued over dispute involving drug testing
(South Dakota) -- The federal government says the owners of a Sioux Falls should have offered a job to a woman who failed a drug test because she was taking medication...

8/20/2016

article Deadwood casino proposes land swap to help with plaza idea
(South Dakota) -- The owners of a Deadwood casino have proposed a land swap with the city that could lead to a new public plaza on the tourist town's Main Street.

8/15/2016

article South Dakota tribe close to agreeing new casino compact
(South Dakota) -- The Yankton Sioux Tribe Of South Dakota is close to agreeing a new casinno compact with the state that would allow the tribe to to double the number of...

8/14/2016

article Gambling compact between state, Yankton Sioux almost done
(South Dakota) -- A new gambling compact between the state of South Dakota and the Yankton Sioux would enable the tribe to double the number of slot machines at its Fort...

8/12/2016

article Gambling compact between state, Yankton Sioux almost done
(South Dakota) -- A new gambling compact between the state of South Dakota and the Yankton Sioux would enable the tribe to double the number of slot machines at its Fort...
article New Gaming Compact On Horizon For Yankton Sioux Tribe
(South Dakota) -- A public hearing held Thursday morning in Wagner has cleared the final hurdle for a new gaming compact between the Yankton Sioux Tribe and the State of...

8/11/2016

article YST's Fort Randall Casino one step closer to doubling slot machine capacity
(South Dakota) -- The Yankton Sioux Tribe's Fort Randall Casino is one step closer to doubling the number of slot machines allowed on tribal ground.

8/8/2016

article Despite rash of casino robberies, state hesitant to order security study for video lottery spots
(South Dakota) -- Despite a rash of armed robberies at casinos in Rapid City and elsewhere in South Dakota this year, the state Lottery Commission last week decided to...
article In wake of crime surge, lottery commission pauses on security study for video lottery establishments
(South Dakota) -- Members of the South Dakota Lottery Commission want their staff to step back from a security study for video lottery establishments. The objections...

8/3/2016

article South Dakota hearing to address proposed gaming compact
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota Commission on Gaming says a hearing will be held on a proposed gaming compact between the Yankton Sioux Tribe and the state of South...

7/21/2016

article Governor names four new members to gaming and lottery commissions
(South Dakota) -- State government’s two panels that regulate legal gambling in South Dakota have new members coming aboard. Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently appointed...

7/16/2016

article Legal gambling spreads farther in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- Come August, the South Dakota Lottery debuts a new game at convenience stores and other lotto-ticket outlets. It’s called EZ Match. The hope is...

7/13/2016

article Council Votes To Renew Casino's Alcohol License But Sends Message About Smoking Ban
(South Dakota) -- Stop the smoking or lose your alcohol license. That's basically what the city council told the owners of one Sioux Falls Casino last week. City...

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