South Dakota: Deadwood gaming is hopeful for 2021 Sydney Thorson, Kelo · January 12, 2021 at 9:00 pm While 2020 brought many challenges for the gaming industry, Deadwood casinos are cautiously optimistic for the new year. Deadwood casinos have changed the way they do business to keep their staff and customers safe during the pandemic. “We’ve been ensuring that things are sanitized. We have a great crew that has been keeping up with all the sanitation on the machines as well as all of our general surfaces and stuff like that. It’s just become second nature to make sure that everything is clean and ready to go for our customers,” Eli Corbett, with Tin Lizzie, said. The casinos’ gaming numbers dropped drastically at the beginning of the pandemic. But, Mike Rodman, the Executive Director of Deadwood’s Gaming Association, says in the recent months, those numbers have been looking up.