Would adding new games help Prairie Wind? - KOTA Territory News

Would adding new games help Prairie Wind?

Posted: Updated: March 13, 2014 10:56 AM

Casino owners in Deadwood say adding roulette, craps, and keno to the mix will add new life and keep them competitive.

If the state makes changes to gaming, then tribal casinos can make similar changes. So do casino managers on the reservation think it's a good idea?

Joe Nunn is an avid gamer. He loves coming to Prairie Wind, but he doesn't come as frequently as he used to.  

"It's been about a month since I've been up here. I used to come pretty regularly, but between the weather and health, and one thing or another," said Nunn.  

Loris Welch, General Manager of Prairie Wind, says it has been a tough winter for the casino.  

"Our numbers were down January and February, but now that the weather is becoming nice it's starting to bounce back," said Welch.  

In November, people in South Dakota will vote on whether to add keno, craps, and roulette to casinos. Welch says this could help.  

"Any new game you add in a casino environment is always positive."  

Welch says the excitement could wear off. And it's not going to be a game changer.  

"I don't think we are going to get rich over this. I don't think it's going to be any games that we are going to be able to add on a new hotel or anything like that, no. I think it will take time to build. It's going to be new clientele," he said.

No matter what happens, Nunn likes the casino the way it is.

"There a good bunch up here they treat us real good," said Nunn.

Legislators passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow Deadwood casinos to offer the games.

There are at least nine casinos run by Indian tribes in South Dakota right now.

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