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Legal gambling in South Dakota can be found in tribal casinos along with others in the famous city of Deadwood. Gamblers there have a variety of options from slots to table games, including blackjack, craps, roulette and poker. In addition, the state has a self-funded lottery and also allows betting on licensed horse and dog racing plus charitable gaming like bingo.

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Gaming Laws in South Dakota

South Dakota Codified Laws Title 22 Chapter 25 states it is illegal to “engage in gambling in any form with cards, dice, or other implements or devices of any kind wherein anything valuable is wagered upon the outcome, or who keeps any establishment, place, equipment, or apparatus for such gambling or any agents or employees for such purpose, or any person who knowingly lets any establishment, structure, place, equipment, or apparatus.” Being found guilty of illegal gambling is punishable as a Class 2 misdemeanor.

In 1989, the state did legalize limited-stakes casino gambling in the mining city of Deadwood, which is regulated by the South Dakota Gaming Commission.

Tribal Casinos

There are 10 tribal casinos in the state of South Dakota, including Royal River Casino, Bingo and Motel, Golden Buffalo Casino, East Wind Casino, Prairie Winds Casino, Rosebud Casino, Dakota Connection Casino, Dakota Sioux Casino, Grand River Casino and Fort Randall Casino. These casinos offer bingo, gaming machines such as slots as well as a variety of table games like blackjack, craps, roulette and poker.

Sports Betting in South Dakota

Sports betting is not allowed in the state of South Dakota.

Online Sportsbooks

Even though there are no sportsbooks available at physical locations or online in the state of South Dakota, bettors still have the opportunity to choose from many offshore options. Offshore sportsbooks are widely considered to be a much safer option than local bookmakers. In addition to having the convenience of placing bets right from a personal computer or mobile device and a variety of options, online bettors can trust reputable and well-reviewed offshore books to always offer lines and pay out, which may not always be the case for local bookies.

Poker and Casino in South Dakota

The city of Deadwood, best known as the home of legendary gunfighter and gambler Wild Bill Hickok, currently has 24 casinos that offer 24/7 gaming with bets not exceeding $100. These casinos range from small bars or taverns with gaming machines to larger resorts with hotels that offer slots, poker and other table games such as blackjack.

Online Poker

In addition to the commercial and tribal casinos in the state of South Dakota, online games may appeal to interested players who can pursue online poker websites in order to participate.

Other Gaming Options in South Dakota

Betting on licensed horse and dog racing is legal in South Dakota in addition to parimutuel wagering at authorized satellite locations more than 50 miles away from the tracks. Charitable gaming is also allowed within the state, including bingo.

South Dakota Lottery

The South Dakota Lottery began in 1987 and two years later pioneered the first state video lottery in the country. Run by the South Dakota State Lottery Commission, the self-funded games range from instant-win scratch tickets to jackpot drawings such as Dakota Cash, Powerball and Mega Millions.

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