Deadwood may have ordered all its casinos closed yesterday due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are still hundreds of places to gamble in South Dakota.
The South Dakota video lottery is still open in most of the state. The exceptions include the cities of Brookings, Deadwood, North Sioux City and the state’s largest city, Sioux Falls. Players looking for a video lottery casino in those areas can simply drive to the unincorporated parts of the county they live or drive to the next town over.
There are 1,350 licensed video lottery casinos in South Dakota, according to the state lottery. I estimate that just over half are still open in the state with about 5,000 of the nearly 9,000 licensed machines in operation. Players must be at least 21 years of age. Traditional lottery ticket sales are permitted to those at least 18 years of age.
The South Dakota video lottery offers slots like those found in Deadwood casinos. These includes video slots, video poker, keno, bingo and blackjack. The maximum bet is up to $2. The maximum win is $1,000, though slot bonus features can win more as each one is considered a separate game.
A South Dakota video lottery casino may host up to 10 machines at an address. Operators may combine multiple storefronts to increase the number of machines within one business. The games are permitted at truck stops and taverns.
The South Dakota video lottery is not known for quality payouts to players. Returns are between 80 and 92 percent. The state receives half of the gross gaming revenue in the form of taxes. The operator and route owner split the other half.
Georgia Video Lottery Also Operating
South Dakota is not the only state with a video lottery still operating. Georgia’s redemption machines, regulated by the state lottery, are still in business. These are skill-based slot machines with payouts in merchandise or gift cards.
South Dakota is the last open video lottery state that pays cash for winnings.