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Deadwood casinos might have a black Christmas

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Deadwood's gaming industry just might have a pretty good Christmas; gross revenue crept up more than 4 percent last month when compared with October 2011.

October's revenue was $9,434,888.  The previous year's October was $9,039,362.  Table game revenue increased the most, 7.91 percent; but Deadwood's bread and butter continues to be the slot machines, with revenue of $8,601,937; an increase of 4.05 percent over October 2011.

The state's 9 percent take was $822,564.  By the numbers, this money goes to:

• State general fund - $91,396

• Tourism - $292,467

• Lawrence County - $73,116

• Commission Fund - $365,584

Year-to-date, revenue is up 6.68 percent with $92,092,680.

Deadwood has already hit the billion-dollar mark in handle, the amount of money gamblers wagered.  So far this year, gamblers anted up $1,007,298,255.  That's 8.15 percent more than the first 10 months in 2011.

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