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Introduction to South Dakota Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019

South Dakota slot machine casino gambling consists of Deadwood’s twenty-five casinos as well as eleven tribal casinos spread throughout the state. While not offering slots, there are 1,347 bars and taverns with video lottery terminals with poker, keno, blackjack, and bingo.

South Dakota established a minimum payout return limit for slot machines at its Deadwood casinos. Further, monthly payout return statistics are publicly available. Neither are publicly available for tribal casinos.

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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in South Dakota*

The minimum legal gambling age in South Dakota depends upon the gambling activity:

  • Land-Based Casinos: 21
  • Poker Rooms: 21
  • Bingo: 18
  • Lottery: 18
  • Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18

The casinos located in the city of Deadwood must follow state gaming regulations. Children may accompany their parents in most casinos until 8 p.m. South Dakota is the only U.S. gaming jurisdiction allowing minors to be present while their parents gamble.

The tribal casinos located throughout South Dakota must follow the gaming regulations in their negotiated and approved tribal-state gaming compact. Among other items of interest, these compacts limit the number of slot machines at a casino. This limit changes based on how long the compact has existed.

For example, the proposed Class III gaming compact between the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the state of South Dakota calls for:

  • 500 gaming machines at the effective date of the compact
  • 600 gaming machines after two years
  • 750 gaming machines after four years

South Dakota also has two pari-mutuel facilities with horseracing during the spring season, but do not offer slot machines at them. An additional facility offers simulcast and dog racing.

*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws apply to various forms of gambling. This information is not intended to provide legal advice.

Slot Machine Private Ownership in South Dakota

It is legal to privately own a slot machine in the state of South Dakota if manufactured before 1941.

Gaming Control Board in South Dakota

The South Dakota Commission on Gaming regulates casino gambling at the casinos located within the city of Deadwood.

Each tribe in South Dakota with a negotiated and approved tribal-state gaming compact must establish its own Tribal Gaming Commission. There are nine such tribal commissions.

The South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations provides oversight to casino gambling at the tribal casinos of South Dakota. The state also has a South Dakota Lottery Commission.

Finally, in 1989, South Dakota was the first state to offer video lottery terminals. Regulation of video lottery terminals at bars and taverns is the responsibility of the South Dakota Lottery. Each retailer can have up to 30 machines per gambling license with a limit of 3 permits per operator. There are currently 1,347 such operators.

Casinos in South Dakota

There are twenty-five non-tribal casinos in Deadwood, eleven American Indian tribal casinos, two pari-mutuel racetracks without slot machines, and 1,347 retailers with a total of 8,946 video lottery terminals in South Dakota.

The largest casino in South Dakota is Royal River Casino & Hotel in Flandreau having 386 gaming machines and 10 table games.

The second largest casino is Silverado Franklin Hotel and Casino in Deadwood having more than 360 gaming machines and table games.

All South Dakota casinos are available as a downloadable list of both non-tribal Deadwood casinos and tribal casinos spread throughout the state along with links if they have a website.

List of Casinos in South Dakota

The twenty-five non-tribal casinos in Deadwood are:

  1. Buffalo-Bodega Gaming Complex
  2. Bullock Hotel
  3. Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort
  4. Deadwood Comfort Inn & Suites Hall
  5. Deadwood Dick’s Saloon and Gaming Hall
  6. Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort
  7. Deadwood Gulch Saloon
  8. Deadwood Mountain Grand
  9. Deadwood Station Bunkhouse and Gambling Hall
  10. First Gold Hotel & Gaming including the Blackjack Casino and Horseshoe Casino.
  11. Gold Country Inn Gambling Hall and Cafe
  12. Gold Dust Casino & Hotel including the French Quarter Casino, Legends Casino, and Silver Dollar Casino.
  13. Hickok’s Hotel and Casino including the B.B. Cody’s Casino.
  14. Iron Horse Inn
  15. The Lodge at Deadwood
  16. Lucky 8 Gaming Hall/Super 8 Motel
  17. Martin & Mason Hotel including the Wooden Nickel Casino and Lee Street Station.
  18. Mineral Palace Hotel & Gaming
  19. Mustang Sally’s
  20. Old Style Saloon #10 including The Utter Place card room.
  21. Oyster Bay/Fairmont Hotel
  22. Silverado-Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex
  23. The Hickok House Hotel
  24. Tin Lizzie Gaming including the Four Aces Casino
  25. Veterans of Foreign War Black Hills Post 5969

List of Tribal Casinos in South Dakota

Residing in South Dakota are nine American Indian tribes. Each of these federally-recognized tribes has successfully negotiated a tribal-state gaming compact.

The eleven tribal casinos in South Dakota are:

  1. Dakota Connection in Sisseton located 155 miles north of Sioux Falls a few miles from the border to North Dakota.
  2. Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel in Watertown located 113 miles north of Sioux Falls.
  3. East Wind Casino in Martin located 154 miles southwest of Pierre.
  4. Fort Randall Casino Hotel in Pickstown located 171 miles southeast of Pierre.
  5. Golden Buffalo Casino in Lower Brule located 61 miles southeast of Pierre.
  6. Grand River Casino and Resort in Mobridge located 108 miles north of Pierre.
  7. Lode Star Casino & Hotel in Fort Thompson located 60 miles southeast of Pierre.
  8. Prairie Wind Casino & Hotel in Pine Ridge located 199 miles southwest of Pierre.
  9. Rosebud Casino in Valentine located 121 miles south of Pierre on the border to Nebraska.
  10. Royal River Casino & Hotel in Flandreau located 45 miles north of Sioux Falls.
  11. Turtle Creek Crossing Casino in Mission located 99 miles south of Pierre.

Other Gambling Establishments

As an alternative to enjoying South Dakota slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering South Dakota is:

  • North: North Dakota Slots
  • East: Iowa Slots and Minnesota Slots
  • South: Nebraska Slots
  • West: Montana Slots and Wyoming Slots

Each of the links above will take you to my state-specific blog for that neighboring state to South Dakota.

Payout Returns in South Dakota

South Dakota gaming regulations have set a minimum payout return of 80% during the expected lifetime of a slot machine at Deadwood casinos.

The Gaming Division of the South Dakota Department of Revenue provides Annual Reports which include the annual player win percentage for all Deadwood casinos. For fiscal year 2018, beginning in July 2017 and ending in June 2018, it was 90.34%.

At least 11 months after the most recent fiscal year has passed, the state gaming commission reports a monthly casino hold% for individual slot machine denominations at Deadwood casinos. Recall that player win percent equals 100% minus the casino hold%.

For example, the most recent month of June 2018 reports:

  • Penny slots (2,388 units): 90.66%
  • Nickel slots (115 units): 89.98% (lowest)
  • Dime slots (6 units): 92.02%
  • Quarter slots (203 units): 90.84%
  • Fifty-cent slots: (11 units) 92.66% (second-highest)
  • Dollar slots (274 units): 92.91% (highest)
  • Five-dollar slots (74 units): 91.03%
  • Twenty-Five-dollar slots (7 units): 90.63% (second-lowest)

At the request of the South Dakota Lottery, independent gaming labs created the odds of winning at each video lottery terminal game, none of which include slots. Instead, available games are video poker, video keno, video blackjack, and video bingo.

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Summary of South Dakota Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019

South Dakota slot machine casino gambling consists of twenty-five casinos in Deadwood and eleven tribal casinos spread throughout the state. Otherwise, there are 1,347 bars and taverns with non-slots video lottery terminals offering video poker, video keno, video blackjack, and video bingo.

South Dakota has established a minimum payout return limit of 80% for slot machines at its Deadwood casinos along with monthly statistics. Neither are publicly available from tribal casinos.

Annual Progress in South Dakota Slot Machine Casino Gambling

In Deadwood, over the last year, the Best Western Hickock House has changed owners and is now The Hickock House.

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Cannabis is Illegal in South Dakota

Cannabis is illegal for all purposes in South Dakota. Testing positive for marijuana is a felony crime. Possession of a small amount is a crimal misdemeanor.

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South Dakota's Federally-Recognized Tribes

There are eight federally-recognized tribes in South Dakota. The DOJ marijuana policy on tribal reservations applies to these South Dakota tribes. Each is federally recognized as sovereign by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Interior Department.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne River Reservation, SD
Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of the Crow Creek Reservation, SD
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of the Lower Brule Reservation, SD
Oglala Sioux Tribe
Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, SD
Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, SD
Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota

For a complete list of South Dakota tribes and their locations, see our page about South Dakota Tribes.

Cannabis Opportunities for South Dakota Tribes

South Dakota tribes recognize the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry, but have not announced their interests or business plans.

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe Plans First U.S. Marijuana Resort

Sept 29, 2015

The Santee Sioux tribe announced plans for the first U.S. recreational marijuana resort. It will be built on their reservation next to their Royal River Casino and Hotel.

The tribe will grow marijuana and sell it in a smoking lounge featuring a nightclub, arcade games, bar and food venue. Later plans include slotmachines and an outdoor music center.

'We want it to be an adult playground,' said tribal President Anthony Reider. 'There's nowhere else in American that has something like this.'

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe Stops Plan for Marijuana Resort and Stops Cultivation

Nov 7, 2015

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe announced it has temporarily suspended plans for a marijuana resort and is seeking legal clarification from the federal government. The tribe has also stopped growing marijuana and has destroyed its entire crop.


There has been no further public announcements.

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South Dakata Introduces Legislation to Legalize Hemp

February 7, 2019

Hemp is illegal under South Dakota law even though the federal government legalized it in the latest U.S. Farm Bill passed in December.

A South Dakota House committee has taken an important step towards changing the state's law. House Bill 1191 would legalize the growth, production and processing of hemp in South Dakota. The bill was voted on today by the House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee and was passed with a unanimous vote of 13-0.

The bill is supported by the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, local farmers and others.

Under the bill the state would issue licenses to farmers wanting to grow hemp. The state would charge an application of $350 and conduct a federal background check. Any applicant with a felony drug offense during the past ten years would be not be licensed.

Hemp must contain less than 0.3 percent THC. THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis

Hemp grown on Pine Ridge Reservation

September 15, 2018

There is a possibility that in the future farms could begin growing hemp across the nation.

Last year a company from Colorado made a deal with one Native American farmer from the Pine Ridge Reservation to buy his hemp crop. He also sold them his crop from this year.

In 2002 the man tried to grow hemp on the reservation. However, it was seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration. He made another attempt in 2002. That attempt also failed when he was court ordered prohibited from farming hemp without permission from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Both marijuana and hemp are part of the cannabis plant family. One of the main differences between hemp and marijuana is in the consumption. Hemp does not contain high levels of THC. The component that gives the user a high sensation.

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Hemp also uses less water than other crops. For some Native American tribes that are farming hemp, this can work well since it can grow in semi-arid land found on many reservations.

In 1970 the federal government passed a law that prevented all growing of hemp. Then many decades later, in 2014, a bill was introduced to help reintroduce the hemp industry. The farm bill was passed that year by congress. It gave permission to farm hemp as long as there was a partnership with a university on the research of the plant and products that could be made from it.

The bill helped to move the hemp industry forward. Regulations began to lessen. However, not in South Dakota where the Pine Ridge reservation is located. Currently there are 10 states that still have bans on growing hemp.

Online casino debt collection. Products made from hemp vary. Some of the products are fabrics, biofuel, food, lotion, and paper. One product that has been getting a lot of news coverage is cannabidiol oil. The supplement can be taken either in pill form or by medicine dropper. The oil has been scientifically researched and can help people that suffer from different medical conditions. This includes sleep, focus, anxiety, and inflammation. In 2017 a law was approved in South Dakota that legalized CBD in Food and Drug Administration approved uses. Epidiolex was the first drug approved by the FDA that uses the oil and can help ease the symptoms of seizures and some forms of severe epilepsy.

There is still some legal confusion over the growing of hemp. The DEA still classifies hemp as an illegal substance. It is against the federal law to grow, cultivate, sell, or consume any type of cannabis.

There is a new farm bill that will soon go under review by congress to determine the further legalization of hemp farming.

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