History of Gaming in Historic Deadwood, South Dakota

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History of Gaming

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The History of Deadwood Gaming

In 1988, South Dakotans voted to allow limited-stake gaming in the town of Deadwood. A year later, the first Deadwood slots were pulled and the cards were dealt, touching off a rush of fortune seekers just like in the days of the Black Hills Gold Rush. In just eight months, $145 million in bets were waged in the historic town.
On November 7, 2000, South Dakota voters passed a bet limit hike from $5 to $100 in Deadwood’s gaming halls, drawing even more visitors to the Wild West Town. Since the legalization of gaming, over one billion dollars in tax revenue has gone to support historic preservation, tourism and state and local governments in South Dakota. 

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