Casino proposed in Sioux Falls

Gambling in South Dakota currently consists of ticket games and video lottery statewide, and casinos allowed only in Deadwood and on American Indian reservations. Somewhere around $1 billion is wagered annually in the state.

There’s a new proposal to build a casino in Sioux Falls, the state’s largest city. That would be a game-changer for the gambling industry and the state. Not only would Sioux Falls — already the state’s primary center of commerce — become even more of a destination city, but existing casinos in Deadwood and on remote reservations would have to compete with the Sioux Falls casino for business. A Sioux Falls casino would also represent an expansion of the gambling industry in South Dakota, which is sure to be a controversial topic.

The proposal would need support from the governor, and there’s a governor’s race this year. If the casino proposal becomes an issue in the race, it could get interesting.

Here’s an excerpt from a recent Associated Press story about the proposal:

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A group of Sioux Falls business leaders and the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe are developing a plan to build a resort casino in or near the city that would compete with a proposed casino just across the Iowa border.

Studies have predicted that if the resort is built in Iowa’s Lyon County, it will pull millions of dollars out of the South Dakota economy each year.

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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