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    After 26 Years Costner's Casino In South Dakota Is Closing

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    A South Dakota casino owned by Hollywood notable Kevin Costner has shut its doors for good after 26 years of business.

    On Tuesday, the Midnight Star casino in Deadwood, SD announced it was riding off into the sunset, leaving around 40 staff members out of a job.
    The property opened in 1991, the same year the Costner-directed, South Dakota-located Dances With Wolves won multiple Academy Awards, including Best Director for Costner.

    In an emailed statement to the Rapid City Journal, Costner said he had a “heavy heart” in announcing the casino’s closure,
    but said the property had a great run and he was “enormously proud of what the Midnight Star became.”

    The property was an immediate hit following its opening, offering retail shopping, dining and drinking options in addition to gaming,
    along with plenty of Costner’s movie memorabilia. But the rapid expansion of casino operations across the US eventually took its toll,
    as newer and flashier options opened closer to home for many Midnight Star customers.

    Costner said he opened the casino because of his “deep love for Deadwood and the Black Hills of South Dakota,”
    but Costner has been downsizing his presence in the state, including selling some of the 1k acres of land he owned near Deadwood.

    The suddenness of the closure appears to have caught state regulators off guard, as South Dakota Commission on Gaming deputy
    executive secretary Craig Sparrow would only say he had “no comment about nothing” regarding the Midnight Star’s demise.

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    Re: After 26 Years Costner's Casino In South Dakota Is Closing

    pretty sad

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    Re: After 26 Years Costner's Casino In South Dakota Is Closing

    So many landbased casinos are closing. Atlantic City has closed like 4 of them the past couple of years!

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    Re: After 26 Years Costner's Casino In South Dakota Is Closing

    That's sad, actually. 26 years (!)

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