The pandemic closed Deadwood casinos for six weeks in the spring. However, Deadwood bounced back and gained some of the losses as 2020 continued.
Net gaming win at Deadwood casinos was $96.4 million in 2020, according to stats released by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. This was down 6.22% from 2019. Even with the decline in gaming revenue, Deadwood still outperformed most other gaming markets in terms of lower losses in 2020 against the previous year.
Slot win came in at $7.8 million, up 14% from the previous December. Table games dropped $1.1 million. That was down 8% from December 2019.
Using the handle metric, December was up 20% overall. The year was down 2.35%.
Deadwood added new poker room this month
The December 2020 Deadwood gaming report notes that there were only eight poker tables in the market. These tables dropped $70,616 in rake in the month. That was down 34% from last year. There is good news for the Deadwood poker market. The Silverado poker room reopened this week. That adds five tables to the town’s balance. There were previous two open Deadwood poker rooms.
Deadwood was helped by being the last US commercial gaming market to close and the first to reopen. The Deadwood City Commission voted to close its casinos on March 25. All other commercial casinos in the country had already closed. A few tribal ones remained open, including a couple on eastern South Dakota. Many of the state’s video lottery casinos remained open daily while all other gaming devices in the United States were shut down.
The Deadwood City Commission voted to reopen casinos on May 7. It was the first commercial casino market to reopen. Only a handful of tribal ones had come back at the time.
Deadwood does not have a mask mandate, though businesses may remove patrons that refuse to wear one against a casino’s policy with backup from Deadwood police. Table seating restrictions are voluntary. Much of the market operates as normal while encouraging social distancing. Most casino markets have table seat restrictions and mask mandates.
Currently, table games at Colorado casinos are closed. This may help with Deadwood tourism in the near term.