Deadwood casinos hit the jackpot as gaming numbers look good for summer 2013.
"It's always fun to put in a $20 bill and take out a $100 if you can, or more," Carol Zeyen laughed.
Zeyen frequents casinos in Deadwood. "I guess it's the thrill of the win and the machines have
become so much fun," said Zeyen.
And according to David Schneiter, Cadillac Jacks general manager, Zeyen isn't the only one, as Deadwood gaming numbers are up for summer 2013. "When you look at the numbers at the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, you do see a good trend of increase in table games and in slot plays, so we are trending in the right direction," said Schneiter.
Schneiter says part of this upward trend has to do with changing the cap on what people can bid from $100 to $1,000. "Increased limits have helped Cadillac Jacks, especially in the table areas," said Schneiter.
And Schneiter says he thinks more people visiting the Black Hills have contributed to gaming numbers. "You can look in the parking lot any night of the week and see a lot of plates from different areas," said Schneiter.
Zeyen says casinos in Deadwood create a nice atmosphere. "You can pop into any of the casinos and feel welcome," said Zeyen.
She added that historic Deadwood attracts customers because it brings people back to the Old West. "I think it's a nice, fun, smaller place to go than the larger casinos in the larger cities. And I think the locals love to come here and the tourists get really excited," said Zeyen.