South Dakota Puts Muscle Behind Bans

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure making it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a banned player to re-enter a Deadwood casino. Starting July 1, violators could face a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

Starting July 1, banned gamblers who re-enter casinos in Deadwood, South Dakota, could face up to a year in jail and a ,000 fine under a law recently signed by Governor Dennis Daugaard. The measure makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for banned players to re-enter a casino.

Currently players who have cheated or who have demonstrated other misconduct, and who have been prohibited from entering a Deadwood casino, may be forbidden by the South Dakota Gaming Commission from re-entering. However, with no penalty behind them, it has been hard to enforce the bans, officials said.