Casinos and Gambling
The spirit of the Gold Rush of 1876 lives on in South Dakota, as visitors to the state discover hidden riches in its numerous casinos. South Dakota, with the town of Deadwood and the state’s nine tribal casinos, is a gamer’s delight. While in South Dakota, visitors can soak in the breathtaking scenery and rich history of the state, then slip into an ultra-modern casino and enjoy the excitement of slot machines, blackjack, keno, and poker.
Deadwood South Dakota, once home to Wild Bill Hickok, opened its doors to legalized gambling in 1989. Today, visitors to Deadwood can play in the town’s 85 beautifully restored casinos, many of which date back to the town’s establishment during the Gold Rush of 1876. In addition to gaming, travelers to Deadwood can visit numerous family-friendly museums and historical sites featuring such Wild West outlaws as Wild Bill Hickok, Billy the Kid, Calamity Jane, and Wyatt Earp.
Throughout the state of South Dakota, there are nine tribal casinos. In addition to slot machines, blackjack, keno, and poker, gamblers can enjoy bingo and off-site betting. Lodging and RV parks are available at most tribal casinos. Music and nighttime entertainment are available, and tribal casinos offer visitors delicious meals at affordable prices.
The larger casinos in South Dakota offer round-the-clock excitement seven days a week. The minimum gambling age at all South Dakota and tribal casinos is 21. Bingo may be played by those 18 and older at tribal casinos. Generally, South Dakota has very liberal rules with regard to allowing minors in casinos. At most gambling facilities, minors are permitted to enter with their parents until 8:00 PM, and are allowed to stand alongside their parents while they gamble.