A May 2023 aerial view of Deadwood. (Seth Tupper/South Dakota Searchlight, via EcoFlight)

Deadwood sports betting has its first million-dollar month

BY: - November 27, 2023

Monthly sports wagering in Deadwood topped $1 million for the first time in October, according to new data from the Deadwood Gaming Association. Gamblers bet $1.02 million on sports, a 19% increase over the prior October. About half the bets were placed on professional football. College football and professional baseball were also big draws, followed […]

A summer night in Deadwood. (Photo by Travel South Dakota)

Deadwood gamblers wager $140 million in September

BY: - October 25, 2023

A new monthly report shows gamblers wagered $140 million in Deadwood last month, which was down about 5% from the same month last year. About 90% of that money — roughly $127 million — went back to gamblers as winnings. Casinos kept the rest, about $13 million. Most of the gambling in Deadwood happens at […]

Kevin Costner holds an American flag in a scene from the 1990 film "Dances With Wolves," which was filmed in South Dakota. (Tig Productions/Getty Images)

Court: Kevin Costner may need to pay off South Dakota sculptor

BY: - August 3, 2023

Actor Kevin Costner may end up on the hook to pay a South Dakota sculptor for her work after a state Supreme Court decision in her favor. In 1994, the movie star commissioned Rapid City artist Peggy Detmers to create bronze statues of buffalo and Lakota warriors for a planned Deadwood resort dubbed “The Dunbar,” […]

A summer night in Deadwood. (Photo by Travel South Dakota)

Sioux Falls man loses insurance and gaming licenses after alleged $1.5 million fraud

BY: - June 13, 2023

A Sioux Falls man who lost his insurance license for an alleged $1.5 million fraud that affected more than 600 South Dakota student athletes has also lost his gaming license.  At its Tuesday meeting in Deadwood, the South Dakota Commission on Gaming revoked Gary Aaron King’s personal gaming license. King was a member of multiple […]

Deadwood, SD. (Courtesy of Travel South Dakota)

Housing for small towns, reservation school teachers hit by infrastructure hold-up

BY: - January 18, 2023

Teachers in Pine Ridge, workers in Deadwood and students in Madison were among those waiting longer for a place to stay because of a hold-up in workforce housing money last year. “Our members are waiting for these funds,” Denise Hanzlik of the South Dakota Multi-Housing Association told lawmakers. “We’ve lost one construction season already.” The […]