TYPES OF CASINOS IN SOUTH DAKOTA
There are several types of casinos in South Dakota. First, bars and taverns are allowed to have up to 10 video lottery terminals (VLT’s) that offer the following games: poker, keno, blackjack and bingo. These machines are the same as regular video gaming devices but are called lottery terminals because they are regulated by the state’s lottery commission which receives a share of each machine’s revenue. The maximum bet is $2 and the maximum payout allowed is $1,000.
Slot machines, as well as blackjack, roulette, craps and poker are only permitted at Indian casinos in South Dakota and in Deadwood.
DEADWOOD, SOUTH DAKOTA CASINOS
Deadwood was once most famous for being the home of Wild Bill Hickok who was shot to death while playing cards in the No. 10 Saloon. The hand he held was two pairs: black aces and black eights, which is now commonly referred to as a “dead man’s hand.” Wild Bill is buried in the local cemetery, along with another local celebrity: Calamity Jane.
If you are looking for casinos in South Dakota near Mount Rushmore, you will have to make a stop in Deadwood. It is located just 50 miles North of Mount Rushmore.
The first casinos in Deadwood opened on November 1, 1989. All of the buildings in the downtown area are required to conform with the city’s authentic 1880’s architecture. Many of the casinos are located in historic structures but there are also some new structures which were designed to be compatible with the historic theme of the town. The old No. 10 Saloon is still operating and you can actually gamble in the same spot where old Wild Bill bit the dust!
South Dakota law limits each casino licensee to a maximum of 30 slot machines and no one person is allowed to hold more than three licenses. Some operators combine licenses with other operators to form a cooperative which may look like one casino but in reality it’s actually several licensees operating under one name. The Deadwood Trolley runs a scheduled shuttle service to all of the casinos and it operates from 7 am to 1 am weekdays and 7 am to 3 am on weekends. The cost is $1 per ride.
The state’s gaming laws originally limited blackjack, poker, let it ride and three-card poker bets to a maximum of $5, however, in July 2012 the law was changed to allow maximum bets of $1,000.
The payback percentages on electronic gaming machines at all non-Indian casinos in South Dakota are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all South Dakota casinos.
NATIVE AMERICAN CASINOS IN SOUTH DAKOTA
In addition to the Deadwood casinos, there are also nine Indian casinos in South Dakota. These casinos are also subject to the $1,000 maximum bet restrictions. No information is available concerning the payback percentages on gaming machines at Native American casinos in South Dakota.
Unlike the casinos in South Dakota, in many states the slot machine payback statistics for that particular state’s casinos are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all U.S. casinos.
Unless otherwise noted, all South Dakota casinos are open 24 hours and all offer slot machines and video poker. Some casinos also offer: blackjack, craps, roulette, let it ride, three-card poker, ultimate Texas hold ‘em. Mississippi stud and poker. Most of the Indian casinos also offer bingo.
The minimum gambling age is 21 at all Deadwood and Indian casinos (18 for bingo at Indian casinos). Interestingly, South Dakota casinos have very liberal rules about allowing minors in casinos and virtually all of the casinos will allow children to enter with their parents until about 8 p.m. Additionally, South Dakota is the only jurisdiction that will allow children to stand next to their parents while they are gambling.
If you are interested in visiting casinos in Sioux Falls, South Dakota then you will want to check out Royal River Casino & Hotel. This is the closest South Dakota casino to Sioux Falls at 40 miles north.
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Shown below is a list of all casinos in South Dakota. Click on a casino name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.
- Buffalo-Bodega Gaming Complex
- Bullock Hotel
- Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort
- Celebrity Hotel & Casino
- Dakota Connection
- Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel
- Deadwood Comfort Inn & Suites
- Deadwood Dick’s Saloon and Gaming Hall
- Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort
- Deadwood Gulch Saloon
- Deadwood Mountain Grand
- Deadwood Station Bunkhouse and Gambling Hall
- East Wind Casino
- First Gold Hotel & Gaming
- Fort Randall Casino Hotel
- Gold Country Inn Gambling Hall and Cafe
- Gold Dust Casino & Hotel
- Golden Buffalo Casino
- Grand River Casino and Resort
- Hickok’s Hotel and Casino
- Iron Horse Inn
- Lode Star Casino
- Lodge at Deadwood, The
- Lucky 8 Gaming Hall-Super 8 Motel
- Martin & Mason Hotel
- Midnight Star
- Mineral Palace Hotel & Gaming Complex
- Mustang Sally’s
- Old Style Saloon #10
- Oyster Bay-Fairmont Hotel
- Prairie Wind Casino
- Rosebud Casino
- Royal River Casino & Hotel
- Silverado – Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex
- Tin Lizzie Gaming
- Turtle Creek Crossing Casino
- Veterans Of Foreign War
- Wooden Nickel
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For South Dakota tourism information call (800) 732-5682, or visit their website www.travelsouthdakota.com For information on visiting Deadwood call the city’s Chamber of Commerce at (800) 999-1876, or visit their website at www.deadwood.com
TOP THINGS TO DO IN SOUTH DAKOTA
South Dakota can be found in the center of the U.S. and it offers tourists many urban attractions with mesmerizing natural beauty. The state offers badlands that juts into the sky and lush woodlands where the Native Americans tribes called their home for thousands of years, and much more. The state is a great destination for tourists that are interested in culture, nature, history. Some of the best things to do in South Dakota are listed below.
Explore Mount Rushmore National Monument
This is one of the best tourist attraction in South Dakota. At this historical monument, you will see the heads of Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt carved majestically into the side of the mountain. This carving was designed by Gutzon Borglum who started the project in 1927 before it was halted for several decades and was then completed in 1991. The best time to enjoy this monument is in the evening where it is illuminated and then accompanied by a patriotic ceremony. You should also explore the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center which can be found on the terrace that overlooks the monument. The highlight of this attraction is the 0.6-mile Presidential trail which gives you the chance to get a closer view of the monument.
Go sightseeing at Custer State Park
This park is among the best state and national parks in South Dakota. It offers a diverse range of different terrain which is a great place to go for outdoor recreation and sightseeing. The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife and you are going to find many large herds of bison that roam peacefully. You should make sure you climb the granite peaks which towers over the lakes, forests, and streams and offer stunning views. The park also offers scenic drives such as Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road if you have more time to explore the park. If you are looking for more adventure, you can also explore the trails which are suitable for biking, hiking, and horseback riding.
Visit the Crazy Horse Memorial
This memorial is located north of Custer and it has been a work in progress since 1947. You are going to see the carving of the head and upper body portion of Chief Standing Bear on the mountain. The highlight of the memorial is the Indian Museum of North America where you can learn about Crazy Horse. You can also go on a scheduled bus rides to the base of the memorial where you can meet the Crazy Horse Memorial face to face.
Explore Badlands National Park
This park features a dramatic landscape comprised of uniquely formed hills and pinnacles that are made from the erosion of clay and sand. You will be amazed by the scenery of this park and you will see many large herds of bison roaming freely. The park is filled with many scenic viewpoints and you can also go on a tour of the Badlands Loop Road where you will enjoy panoramic views from the northwestern Pinnacles Entrance to the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. The highlight of this park is the changing scenery of rugged rock formations and the Buffalo Gap National Grassland which is among the last prairie landscapes that remain in North America. There are many marked hiking trails all through the park and you can get a hiker’s map from the park administration or the visitor centers.
Go sightseeing at the Mammoth Site
This site is located in Hot Springs and it is filled with a large number of Columbian mammoth bones. You can see more than 60 mammoths, including three woolly mammoths that have been discovered at this site. You can also visit climate-controlled buildings to see partially uncovered mammoth bones that are displayed as they were found. The best way to explore the site is to go on a guided tour where you will get to know more about the excavation process. For a more hands-on experience, you can join the Junior and Advanced Paleontology Classes which give you the chance to get your hands dirty. You should also be sure to visit the on-site Ice Age Exhibit Hall where you can explore displays of some of the fossils that were found underground.
Wander around Spearfish Canyon
This is a magnificent natural area that is popularly known for the abundance of ponderosa and spruce pine trees, as well as for its mesmerizing waterfalls and cliff walls. Some of the top attractions and hikes here are Bridal Veil and Rough Lock Falls, with the Spearfish Peak and Little Crow Peak. This canyon is an all-year-round destination and you shouldn’t miss the panoramic scenery in the fall where the foliage changes color. After exploring the Canyon, you can then head to the geographical center of the United States located in the north of Spearfish Canyon.