Once a gaming haven in the heady days of the state’s gold rushes of the late 19th and early 20th century, South Dakota is now a little more gambling restrictive than average midwestern states.
A land-based casino industry is concentrated in the town of Deadwood; however, few casinos exist outside this area. Casinos in South Dakota offer slot machines, video poker, table games and poker. Video lottery terminals (VLTs) in bars and taverns are operated by the South Dakota Lottery Commission
South Dakota voters gave sports betting the green light in the state’s historic gaming town of Deadwood in 2020. A new law was then crafted and passed in 2021 to allow the first sports bet to be taken in September 2021. There have been two attempts to legislate mobile sports betting across the state, but both bills failed to make it out of the state House.