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Revenue drops for SD non-Indian casinos

MITCHELL, S.D. -- Gambling revenue at American Indian casinos in South Dakota grew during 2011 while other gambling revenue in the state plunged to a six-year low, according to a new report.

The year covered by the report was the first full year of a statewide smoking ban implemented in late 2010. Tribal casinos don't have to enforce the ban.

Chuck Turbiville, executive director of the Deadwood Economic Development Corp., said the smoking ban could be one reason for the disparity in revenue.

Total revenue of all gaming operations during 2011 in South Dakota was $423.4 million, according to the 2013-14 edition of Casino City's North American Gaming Almanac and Casino City's previously released Indian Gaming Industry Report. Before 2011, total gaming revenue in the state was more than $430 million each year dating to 2005.

The drop in 2011 came in commercial gaming, which is gambling at non-American Indian casinos, card rooms, lottery and racing. Commercial gaming revenue was $315.4 million in 2011, $12.5 million less than the previous year.

Meanwhile, gaming at Indian casinos in South Dakota was up in 2011 by about 3.5 percent to $108 million. That's a 10-year high.