Although Deadwood saw a promising double-digit increase in gaming revenue for December, it still wasn't quite enough to push the industry into positive for 2017.
Mike Rodman from the Deadwood Gaming Association says they had a rocky start in the first half of 2017... saying numbers were down about four percent in June, which equates to roughly four million dollars.
They were able to make up most of that lost revenue in December when gaming numbers shot up to 15 percent.... ending 2017 with a one percent overall decrease from 2016.
Rodman believes the huge spike in revenue for December is reflective of the events and weather in Deadwood.
Deadwood Gaming Association Executive Director Mike Rodman says, "And so this December was good for Deadwood in that aspect and so we did see some increases that we think were due to some of the events that Deadwood Mountain Grand did this year and some of the increased activities that are going on here in Deadwood."
Rodman says the economy in the area is turning around... and hopes people will spend their extra money at the casinos in town.