Occupancy Up, Gambling Down in Deadwood
More people are spending the night in Deadwood, but they apparently aren't gambling as much.
August totals released by the Deadwood Gaming Association show that hotels in the Black Hills gambling town reported their highest occupancy rate in six years, with a 3.4 percent increase from a year earlier. But gambling was down 2.3 percent.
Association President Mike Rodman says the figures show Deadwood visitors are choosing "more diverse entertainment and recreational experiences."
Rodman also says gambling nationwide is down, and he says Deadwood is being affected by new and larger operations just across the state line.
Deadwood interests are pushing Constitutional Amendment Q on the November ballot.
The Amendment would allow craps, roulette and keno in Deadwood gaming establishments.