Deadwood gaming numbers down 2 percent for 2017

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DEADWOOD, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The books show that gaming revenue in Deadwood is down this year by nearly two percent for 2017, but Executive Director of the Deadwood Gaming Association Mike Rodman says that is nothing to be worried about.

Rodman says the gaming revenue was down by about $2 million, but the year-end still looks like it will turn out at about $97 million in total. This is down $10 million from the highest peak in 2012.

Currently, there are about 3,000 lottery machines in Deadwood. When Kevin Costner's Midnight Star closed, it took about 100 machines with it.

Luckily table game revenue made up for loss, and overall gaming outlook in Deadwood is looking bright.

"We're very optimistic about what the future holds for us," said Rodman, "We realize that the states economy and this region's economy with some of the coal mining in Wyoming and some of the gas and oil in North Dakota had an impact."

Taxes from the money made will go back to the city of Deadwood for historic restoration projects. The state of South Dakota also uses a portion for tourism and marketing, and the county receives a fund for Lawrence County for county operations and school districts.