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Deadwood wagering drops

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After several good months with positive growth, Deadwood gaming numbers dropped in May.  Gross gambling revenue is down 6 percent compared to May 2013.  Mike Rodman, director of the Deadwood Gaming Association, says they are disappointed.

The biggest 'hit' was in high-end denomination games.  The $25 slot machines saw a drop of almost seventy per cent year to year.  The bigger players did not play in deadwood in may at the level they had in the past.  Rodman cites increasing gaming competition from neighboring states and nationally.

Deadwood is doing well on the hospitality side.  May hotel occupancy is up two per cent over last year.  It's an additional 920 room nights sold this May over May of 2013 Rodman says it is a good sign, and will hopefully carry into the crucial upcoming summer months.  He credits regional marketing.


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