DEADWOOD | According to statistics released recently by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, the September 2018 gaming handle showed an increase of 1.51 percent, with slot machine handle increasing by 1.81 percent when compared to September of 2017.
The table game handle was down 3.08 percent, when compared to 2017’s September table game numbers.
Deadwood gaming operators rewarded players with $1,332,611 in "free-play" for the month of September, leaving taxable adjusted gross revenues of $9,452,604 for September.
"Another positive month for Deadwood gaming numbers finally put us in positive territory for 2018,” said Mike Rodman, executive director of the Deadwood Gaming Association, in a release.
"We continue to be encouraged that our market has stabilized and that Deadwood’s gaming revenues are moving forward," Rodman said.
Deadwood gaming revenues are up 0.09 percent over 2017’s numbers through September.
Deadwood Hotel occupancy rates were slightly down in September when compared with September 2017 numbers.
According to monthly data released by Deadwood's City Finance Office, hotels in Deadwood had an occupancy rate of 70.37 percent for September 2018, which is a 0.45 percent decrease when compared to the same month in 2017.
"Deadwood hotel occupancy remained relatively flat in September," said Rodman.
"Because of increased hotel capacity in Deadwood, September hotel occupancy shows Deadwood hotels had 1,714 more room nights this September than last year," Rodman added.
"However, Deadwood's September occupancy rate was better than the national September hotel occupancy decrease of 2.1 percent," Rodman said. “And Deadwood’s occupancy rate beat the national hotel occupancy rate of 68.08 percent for September 2018."
Two September events helped boost occupancy rates, including the Deadwood All-In Freestyle Motorcross Show, which played to a sell-out crowd and the Deadwood Jam, which also hosted record crowds.