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South Dakota, Tribe Double Down In Casino Tax Battle [sub req]

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 the state has no business imposing a use tax on the money nonmembers spend at the tribe’s casino.

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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...

7/12/2016

article Casino trades smoking for booze license
(South Dakota) -- The City Council is making an example out of a group of casino owners who have a history of allowing smoking in their businesses. When the alcohol...

6/6/2016

article Lottery officials now accept video lottery in smoke shacks
(South Dakota) -- Video lottery terminals can be placed inside the vented smoke shacks that some bar owners have built onto their establishments, according to several...

5/5/2016

article Smoke shacks' pull video lottery machines
(South Dakota) -- A casino group that tried to find a clever way around South Dakota’s indoor smoking ban is retreating from its strategy. Crown Central Casino...

5/4/2016

article City denies licenses to 'co-mingled' casinos
(South Dakota) -- A Sioux Falls casino operator is once again testing the limits of what’s allowed under state and city alcohol and gambling laws. Commonwealth...

5/2/2016

article South Dakota a hotbed for gambling addicts? Don't bet on it
(South Dakota) -- A personal finance website has run the numbers and found that South Dakota trails only Nevada when it comes to gambling addiction rates, and that the...

4/30/2016

article South Dakota 2nd most gambling addicted
(South Dakota) -- According to personal finance website WalletHub, South Dakota is the second most gambling addicted state. Jill Gonzalez says we're second only to...

4/26/2016

article Oglala Sioux Tribe approved for new Class III gaming compact
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has a new Class III gaming compact, the first awarded since voters approved gaming expansion in the state.

3/13/2016

article The Highwayman: Alive and kicking in the Black Hills
(South Dakota) -- One of my all-time favorite movie musicals is the 1953 Doris Day-Howard Keel tunefest “Calamity Jane.” Sure, I know it’s strictly...

3/9/2016

article Ramkota buys Deadwood land from Costner, plans resort
(South Dakota) -- The Ramkota Cos. Inc. is planning a family resort on land it recently bought in Deadwood from a group that includes Kevin Costner. Ramkota and its...

1/26/2016

article Aces & Eights: The Evolution of Deadwood Gaming
(South Dakota) -- In 1987, Deadwood, South Dakota became the third U.S. jurisdiction to legalize casino gaming after Nevada and Atlantic City. Now surrounded by...

1/23/2016

article Deadwood gamers bet $1.1B in 2015
(South Dakota) -- Year-end data released Friday by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming revealed that bettors wagered more than $1.1 billion in this Northern Hills...

1/17/2016

article Deadwood 'optimistic' about HBO series reboot
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota started 2016 in the Hollywood spotlight with "The Revenant"—a movie chronicling the grisly (and grizzly) life of...

1/11/2016

article Deadwood embarks on 2nd modern-day renaissance
(South Dakota) -- A quarter-century after this Northern Hills tourist town turned to legalized gaming for its fiscal salvation, it has embarked on a second modern-day...

1/8/2016

article Jegeris' concern about robberies leads to Lottery Commission's seeking casino evaluations
(South Dakota) -- A November conversation between Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris and two South Dakota Lottery Commission members has led to the commission's...

12/24/2015

article Slots surge as poker, blackjack decline in November
(South Dakota) -- While slot revenues tallied the largest increase in more than a year, Deadwood’s blackjack and poker revenues took a nosedive in November,...

11/27/2015

article Deadwood gaming off in October
(South Dakota) -- Table game action surged nearly 23 percent in October compared to the same month of 2014. But slot machine play, which accounts for more than 90...

10/26/2015

article Gamblers ante up in Deadwood
(South Dakota) -- It may be autumn in KOTA Territory but in Deadwood there is no fall in betting action. In fact, the casinos' adjusted gross revenues for September...

10/25/2015

article Deadwood tries to spring back to life with tourism revamp
(South Dakota) -- Since its Gold Rush-era founding in 1876, South Dakota's frontier town of Deadwood has been through several booms and busts.

9/24/2015

article Gamers wager more than $119 million in Deadwood during August
(South Dakota) -- According to August’s monthly summary issued by the South Dakota Gaming Commission Tuesday, gamers visiting Deadwood dropped $119.2 million in...
article State agency hits jackpot with seizure of illegal slots
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota’s gaming industry deals with winners and losers every day, but the agency charged with overseeing gambling throughout the state has...

9/20/2015

article Lottery commissioner: Tap video lottery revenue for teacher raises
(South Dakota) -- Teacher pay could benefit if video lottery establishments were allowed to produce more revenue for state government, a South Dakota Lottery Commission...

9/17/2015

article Lottery commissioner suggests video gambling for teacher pay
(South Dakota) -- Teacher pay could benefit if video lottery establishments were allowed to produce more revenue for state government, a South Dakota Lottery Commission...

9/2/2015

article Revitalization plan unveiled for gambling town of Deadwood
(South Dakota) -- Architects have unveiled an ambitious master plan for the Black Hills tourist and gambling town of Deadwood.

8/30/2015

article Area casinos become a destination resort, more than gaming
(South Dakota) -- Today, casinos are seemingly turning into a one-stop destination, adding more features to enhance your experience. Gone are the days of just gaming.

8/26/2015

article Bettors wagered $1M on new games in July
(New Jersey) -- Bettors plunked down nearly $1 million in July on the new games of roulette, craps and keno, introduced for the first time in the quarter-century history...
article New Games Winners with Deadwood Gamblers
(South Dakota) -- Craps, roulette and keno came to a handful of Deadwood casino operations in July under a new state law allowing the games. And betters turned out in...

7/19/2015

article Deadwood Brings Roulette, Craps, and Keno to Historic Gold Rush Town
(South Dakota) -- Deadwood, South Dakota, is less than four square miles in size, but with 24 gambling venues the town has more casinos than that of most states.

7/14/2015

article Deadwood Casinos Roll Out Roulette, Keno, And Craps
(South Dakota) -- Some were worried others wouldn't know when to fold, but despite a lot of opposition, three new games are now being offered at several Deadwood...

7/7/2015

article New games in Deadwood are starting off with a bang
(South Dakota) -- Deadwood kicked off keno, craps and roulette in a few casinos last Wednesday and gaming officials says the first week was a success. Deadwood Gaming...

7/1/2015

article Deadwood launches keno, craps and roulette
(South Dakota) -- After voters and legislators said yes, the addition of keno, craps and roulette to Deadwood casinos was signed into law last March by Gov. Dennis...

6/29/2015

article Deadwood banking on windfall from new table games
(South Dakota) -- Casinos in this Northern Hills city are betting this week's introduction of keno, craps and roulette in Deadwood will help reinvigorate the...
article Deadwood Ready To Gamble On New Games
(South Dakota) -- Roulette, craps and keno will be added to the popular slot machines and card games in several Deadwood casinos on Wednesday. Casino crews are hustling...
article Understanding the odds
(South Dakota) -- Whether you play slots, craps, blackjack, roulette or any other game in a casino, the American Gaming Association says it’s important to remember...

6/27/2015

article Craps, roulette and keno also allowed at S. Dakota tribal casinos Wednesday
(South Dakota) -- Last November South Dakota voters passed Constitutional Amendment Q by a margin of 14% with even higher approval numbers coming out of the Pine Ridge...

6/25/2015

article South Dakota tribes benefit from expansion of Class III games
(South Dakota) -- Tribes in South Dakota will be able to offer additional Class III games that become legal in the state on July 1. In November, voters approved...

6/22/2015

article Casinos in Deadwood to Begin Offering New Games Next Week
(South Dakota) -- Casinos are betting next week's introduction of keno, craps and roulette in Deadwood will help reinvigorate the historic Black Hills town and level...

6/13/2015

article Blog: More, more, and more: State needs gambling
(South Dakota) -- Our state government wants more people to gamble more. And when people spend more on state-sponsored gambling, our state government can spend more,...

6/8/2015

article New Deadwood games get final OK from Legislature's rules review panel
(South Dakota) -- Three topics that carried big potential for more controversy instead sailed through without opposition Monday before the Legislature's rules review...

5/31/2015

article Deadwood students study intricacies of craps, roulette
(South Dakota) -- For the past six weeks, the dice have been smokin’, the roulette wheel has been spinnin’, and some serious stacks of chips have been...
article Gaming building momentum toward banner year
(South Dakota) -- Slowly, quietly and with little fanfare, the gaming business in this Northern Hills tourism town has been building momentum, signaling what may be its...

5/19/2015

article Keno, craps, roulette coming to Deadwood, dealers almost trained
(South Dakota) -- New games will soon be played in Deadwood and casino employees are in full training mode. With one more hurdle to jump and one more week of training...

5/4/2015

article Deadwood dealers adding new games to repertoire
(South Dakota) -- Beginning July 1st, Deadwood will add roulette, craps and keno. But how do the dealers learn these games and what will the new games mean to Deadwood?...

5/2/2015

article Deadwood Casinos Preparing To Host Roulette, Craps In July
(South Dakota) -- Casinos in Deadwood are training their employees in preparation of a new law that takes effect this summer that will allow them to host craps and...

4/11/2015

article S.D. keeps eye on online lottery expansion
(South Dakota) -- A handful of state lotteries are venturing into the realm of online sales, and South Dakota officials are keeping tabs on how it works out for them.

3/27/2015

article Video lottery starts to show higher play
(South Dakota) -- Net machine income from video lottery terminals is running more than 7 percent higher than it was a year ago, members of the South Dakota Lottery...

3/25/2015

article Small gaming gains for second month in a row
(South Dakota) -- Gamers helped put a positive spin on Deadwood gaming numbers in February, as the industry showed positive gains in nearly every category, according to...

3/18/2015

article OP/ED: Can you find who owns gaming machines?
(South Dakota) -- During Sunshine Week, we are focusing on the ongoing need for public access to government records and meetings. We are using a series of imaginary...

3/1/2015

article Supporters cheer as Deadwood gambling bill heads to Daugaard
(South Dakota) -- Deadwood gambling advocates were jubilant Thursday that a yearlong push to allow three new games in the historic outlaw town is finally coming to a...

2/28/2015

article Deadwood hoping to welcome three new games into casinos this summer
(South Dakota) -- Deadwood is hoping to welcome three new games into casinos this summer. The South Dakota Legislature has passed Senate Bill 57 allowing Craps, Keno,...

2/27/2015

article Casino Games Coming to Deadwood in the Summer
(South Dakota) -- The proponents of the gambling legislation in South Dakota could not be happier as the Deadwood gambling issue is finally going to be solved in the...

2/24/2015

article Deadwood gaming posts modest gain in January
(South Dakota) -- Bolstered by strong table game action, Deadwood gaming’s total gross revenues posted a 1.05 percent increase in January compared with the same...

2/23/2015

article Gaming numbers open the year in positive territory
(South Dakota) -- Deadwood gaming is off to a positive start in 2015, as January numbers reflected small, albeit positive, gains, according to monthly data released...

2/21/2015

article State House kills Deadwood 24/7 alcohol-sales bill
(South Dakota) -- A bill that would have allowed round-the-clock alcohol sales in Deadwood, and probably would have created the need for more police officers, has failed...

2/20/2015

article PPP: Majority of SC voters approve of casinos to help pay for roads
(South Carolina) -- A recent poll orchestrated by Public Policy Polling shows that the majority of South Carolina voters would support casinos in the state as a measure...

2/16/2015

article Should Deadwood be authorized 24-hour drinking?
(South Dakota) -- Throughout the years Deadwood has welcomed a number of hotels and casinos, but should the Old West town add non-stop alcohol sales as well? That's...

2/15/2015

article Eastern S.F. casino robbed at gunpoint
(South Dakota) -- Police are searching for a man who robbed a Sioux Falls casino at gunpoint early Sunday morning. At 2 a.m., police say the man entered The Club,...

2/14/2015

article Lawmakers To Mull Minimum Wage, Nonstop Deadwood Drinking
(South Dakota) -- Lawmakers are set to consider measures on transportation, abortion, a youth minimum wage and all-hours drinking in Deadwood.

2/10/2015

article OP/ED: Legislature shouldn’t reverse S.D. gambling vote
(South Dakota) -- In November, 152,265 South Dakota residents voted for Measure Q, which allows Deadwood casinos to add craps, keno and roulette to their gambling menus...

2/6/2015

article Committee Kills Voluntary Casino Exclusion Bill
(South Dakota) -- Senators were divided over a bill that creates a voluntary list of people who aren’t allowed in certain gaming institutions. Members of the...

2/5/2015

article Senate committee passes plan authorizing new Deadwood games
(South Dakota) -- Supporters of allowing three new voter-approved games in Deadwood were successful in convincing a Senate panel that authorizing keno, craps and...

1/23/2015

article Deadwood hotel occupancy up in December, still lags behind national average
(South Dakota) -- This tourist town’s overall hotel occupancy in December rose to its highest level since the same month of 2007, but remained well below the...

1/21/2015

article Larger fines for Deadwood gambling violations?
(South Dakota) -- People involved in Deadwood gambling businesses who break the rules would face more expensive punishments under a proposal moving forward in the...

1/20/2015

article Much larger fines could be coming for Deadwood gambling violations
(South Dakota) -- People involved in Deadwood gambling businesses who break the rules would face more expensive punishments under a proposal moving forward in the...

1/15/2015

article Three gaming bills in legislative loop
(South Dakota) -- With the 2015 South Dakota legislature officially geared back up for its 90th session, the Deadwood gaming industry’s eyes are on no less than...

1/9/2015

article Opponents hope to stop expansion of gaming in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- Opponents are hoping to stop lawmakers in South Dakota from enacting an expansion of Class III games. In November, voters approved Constitutional...
article Battle Over Deadwood Gambling Returns To Legislature
(South Dakota) -- Deadwood gambling advocates rolled the dice in last year's state Legislature with a request to expand gaming in that Old West town.

1/1/2015

article Hotel occupancy posts modest bump in November
(South Dakota) -- A week after posting modest increases in gaming revenues for November, Deadwood’s lodging properties reported a slight bump in occupancy for the...

12/31/2014

article Deadwood Gaming Improvements Needed to Attract More Players
(South Dakota) -- Deadwood leaders and operators have solicited ideas on how to improve the market. The list below was created by combining my knowledge of Deadwood with...

12/27/2014

article Deadwood Gambling Revenue Sees Small Increase
(South Dakota) -- Gaming officials in the state say Deadwood's November gambling revenue saw a small increase over the same month last year.

12/26/2014

article Deadwood gaming revenue still sluggish
(South Dakota) -- It was the mild weather that helped Deadwood casinos gain in revenue last month. But barely. Betting growth is soft, up by less than 1 percent In...

12/24/2014

article November gaming revenues up just under 1 percent
(South Dakota) -- November proved to be a month in which the Deadwood gaming industry held its own, with revenues up just slightly at .61 percent and year-to-date...

12/18/2014

article Court: Casinos’ gambling promos not taxable
(South Dakota) -- Deadwood casinos will no longer have to pay state gambling taxes on promotional programs that give patrons free credits to play slot machines. The...
article Deadwood gaming operators applaud high court decision
(South Dakota) -- Gaming operators in this Northern Hills community were applauding the South Dakota Supreme Court Thursday following its ruling that free play in...

12/15/2014

article Group plans to lobby against gaming measure
(South Dakota) -- Although voters passed a measure to allow three new games at Deadwood and tribal casinos, a Rapid City social advocacy group hopes to halt the measure...
article Some casino machines take in more money than others
(South Dakota) -- Some video gambling machines harvest much more money from gamblers than others, according to data from the South Dakota Lottery. A performance review...

12/13/2014

article Non-Profit To Lobby Against New Deadwood Gaming
(South Dakota) -- A social advocacy nonprofit will lobby against a measure in the upcoming legislative session to authorize three new voter-approved games in Deadwood...

12/12/2014

article State decides not to study gambling impacts
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota Lottery Commission voted unanimously Thursday against proceeding with a study of financial and social effects of legal gambling.

12/4/2014

article Historic Gaming Compact Signed
(South Dakota) -- Tribal and state officials gathered in Pierre, Wednesday, Nov. 26 as outgoing OST President Bryan Brewer and SD Governor Dennis Daugaarde signed the...

12/3/2014

article Can Deadwood, with additional gaming, stay frozen in time?
(South Dakota) -- Twenty-five years after voters approved gaming in Deadwood, residents are turning back to the vice as the historic mining town works to reinvent itself...

11/26/2014

article Deadwood October gambling revenue up over 2013
(South Dakota) -- Deadwood gambling officials say October revenue has hopped up significantly over last year, when the region was dealing with extreme snowfall. Figures...
article Deadwood sees big jackpot
(South Dakota) -- The Deadwood gaming industry definitely has something to be thankful for this Thursday. More than a 20 percent increase in revenues over October 2013,...
article Mining town Deadwood bets on gaming once again
(South Dakota) -- Twenty-five years after voters approved gaming in Deadwood, residents are turning back to the vice as the historic mining town works to reinvent itself.

11/25/2014

article Deadwood casino owners get early Christmas gift
(South Dakota) -- After almost a year of lackluster and sometimes dismal monthly revenue reports, Deadwood casinos hit the fall jackpot. Data just released by the South...
article Deadwood lodging made gains in October
(South Dakota) -- Lodging properties in Deadwood posted their best occupancy rates in October since 2009, more than 9 percent higher than the same month last year when...

11/21/2014

article Tribe sues over tax dispute with South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- A long-simmering tax dispute between the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the state of South Dakota is threatening to shut down alcohol sales at the...
article Commission moves on new Deadwood games
(South Dakota) -- The commission voted on Thursday in Deadwood to draft legislation to allow craps, keno and roulette with the goal of having regulations and the games...

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