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.