In 2007, I wrote a story for which I added up all the wagers placed legally in South Dakota during a one-year period — everything wagered at horse and dog tracks, at casinos in Deadwood and on reservations, on ticket games and video lottery, and whatever other legal gambling existed at the time.
The wagers placed legally in South Dakota during 2006 alone added up to $1.742 billion. Just 20 years earlier, before the expansion of the legal gambling industry began, the only place South Dakotans could put down a legal bet was at a horse or dog track, or at a locally authorized raffle or bingo game.
Now there’s a proposal to expand the state’s gambling industry even further by putting a resort casino in Sioux Falls. You can click here to read a story about that in today’s Daily Republic.
What do you think about allowing a big casino in the state’s biggest city?