Casino Owned By Actor Closes In South Dakota

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) – A casino owned by actor and director Kevin Costner has shut down after operating for 26 years in the western part of South Dakota.

The Midnight Star in Deadwood permanently closed its doors Tuesday, leaving about 40 full- and part-time employees of the casino looking for work.

The closure comes four years after Costner put up 1,000 acres (405 hectares) he owned near Deadwood on the market for $14 million. A hotel management company has paid about $7.5 million for just over 100 acres of that property.

No planned sale of the Midnight Star has been announced.

Costner opened the venue in 1991 because of his “deep love for Deadwood and the Black Hills of South Dakota.” The casino was decorated with Costner’s movie memorabilia.

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