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Progressive slot machines will come to Deadwood

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Soon meters for jackpots will spin more rapidly in Deadwood. The Legislature's Rules and Review Committee approved progressive slot machines in Deadwood being linked to machines in other states.

The changes will give casinos and players  a better opportunity to win big.

"Our machines here in Deadwood will be linked with other states. Right now we know that New Jersey and Nevada will be two of those states and what it will do is the jackpot meter will spin much faster," said Mike Rodman, Executive Director of Deadwood Gaming.

Rodman said it will give the casinos high rewards and hits more often, so gamers will have a better chance at winning more money.

"Well, I think it's really exciting for the properties in Deadwood not only the properties but also the players because finally we'll be able to offer jackpots that approach $1 million or maybe even exceed $1 million," said Rich Turbiville, General Manager at Bullock Hotel.

Tribal gaming has been linked throughout the United States for 15 years.

"But it has never been done before in other jurisdictions. So this is the first and Deadwood is on the cutting edge so we're really excited about that," said Rodman.

In the past casinos here have lost players to competition in other states, but Turbiville said this is a way to get players back to Deadwood.

"It's definitely going to help our market it gives our players a reason to come up to Deadwood. It gives us an opportunity to compete with our neighboring states that currently offer the larger jackpots," said Turbiville.

After Gaming Commission officials finalize details, the progressive slot machines should be rolled out by the summer.

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