South Dakota Casino Guide
Online Casinos in South Dakota
Online casinos have not yet been legalized in South Dakota. The laws are quite strict and state that anyone participating in gambling online, whether you're trying to operate or just play, are subject to consequences. Online poker and sports betting are also illegal in South Dakota, with no future plans to have either legalized. This means it will take a long time before players can gamble online legally in the state.
You still have the option to play on social casinos, which provide free online slots and other casino games. This is completely legal and offers players a chance to win small cash prizes.
Land-Based Casinos in South Dakota
South Dakota Land-Based Casinos Map
You can easily see all casino locations by using our South Dakota casinos map. To zoom in, just click the + (plus) sign in the lower right corner of the map, or to zoom out, just click the – (minus) sign in the same area.
To move the map of casinos in South Dakota, click and hold down either of your mouse buttons. Then use the hand icon to drag the map in whichever direction you desire.
Each of the red icons on the map is a casino location. Just click on any red icon to see the name of the casino at that location. If you want more information on that casino, simply click again on the casino’s name and it will direct you to another page with detailed information on that particular casino, including address, phone number, toll-free phone number, room rates, casino size, dining information, games offered, availability of discounts for seniors, any special features, and a direct link to that casino’s website.
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 machines accept cash but don’t pay out in cash; instead, they print out a receipt which must be taken to a cashier. 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
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.
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 Trolly runs a scheduled shuttle service to all of the casinos that operate 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.
Indian 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 Indian 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.
Options for Gambling in South Dakota
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.
If you are interested in folding 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.
Gambling Laws in South Dakota
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.
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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.