- Associated Press - Sunday, May 8, 2016

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - Data released by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming show gaming in Deadwood fell slightly in March from a year earlier.

The Black Hills Pioneer (http://bit.ly/21ypVNN ) reports that there was roughly $95 million dropped in machines and on tables by gamers visiting Deadwood in March. That’s a decline of roughly 1.7 percent from March of last year.

Taxable adjusted gross revenues were roughly $8.6 million in March for the industry. Nine percent was taken as state tax.

Deadwood Gaming Association executive director Mike Rodman says regional economic factors are being seen “at work” in Deadwood.

“The recent layoffs in the Wyoming coal sector and the decrease in agriculture income certainly impact Deadwood, too,” Rodman said. “However, we continue to be thankful for the popularity of craps, roulette and keno and their positive impact on table game revenues.”

There was about $5.8 million bet on table games in March, which is a roughly 5.4 percent increase from a year earlier. In March, there was roughly $88.9 million bet on slot machines, which is a drop-off of about 2.1 percent from the same month last year.

Celebrity Hotel & Gaming General Manager Ken Gienger said hotel occupancy dropped, as did gaming coin-in.

“The relationship between those two numbers continues to show us how important those two sections of our industry are to Deadwood,” Gienger said. “Going forward we will just need to review what we did and did not do in March and make the needed adjustments that we can control.”

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Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, http://www.bhpioneer.com

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