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Many of South Dakota's tribes operate casinos. Visitors can step off the windswept prairie and into flashy gaming halls filled with slot machines, poker and blackjack tables.
In addition to games, the casinos offer entertainment, motels and RV parks, and good food at great prices. If you like to gamble a bit, one of these hometown casinos is a sure bet.
Dakota Connection Agency Casino & Bingo
Near Agency Village
Slot machines, bingo hall with nightly specials, blackjack, matinee sessions Saturday-Sunday and restaurant. Hosts bull riding and mud racing events during the summer months. Gas, convenience store and gift shop. Located east of junction Interstate 29 and Highway 10 at exit 232, Sisseton. Casino, gas, convenience store and gift shop open daily, 24 hours. Restaurant, Sunday-Wednesday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Dakota Sioux Casino
(800) 658-4717 or (605) 882-2051
Slot machines, blackjack, keno, poker tournaments, fine dining and live entertainment in the lounge on weekends. Pari-mutual off-track betting five days a week. New 92-room hotel including seven high-roller suites names after the seven Dakota bands. Also located on the property is the Dakota Express Convenience Store. 16415 Sioux Conifer Road. Open 24 hours; dining daily, 8 a.m.-midnight.
Fort Randall Casino & Hotel
Hotel reservations: (800) 362-6333
Fifty-seven units, 250 gaming devices including slot machines, blackjack, poker and a full service restaurant and lounged. Located on Highway 46 about 10 miles west of Wagner. Open 24 hours.
Golden Buffalo Casino & Motel
The Casino offers state-of-the-art slots, video blackjack, video poker and "let it ride" and a full service restaurant and cocktails. Located at Lower Brule, 15 miles off Interstate 90 at exit 248. Open Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-12:30 a.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 a.m.
Grand River Casino
(605) 845-7104 or (800) 475-3321
Forty room unit, conference rooms, Las Vegas-style gambling, 168 slot machines, blackjack, poker and restaurant. Open daily 8 a.m.-3 a.m.
Lode Star Casino & Hotel
(605) 245-6000 or (888) 268-1360 (hotel)
Slots, blackjack, poker, restaurant, lounge and gift shop. Buses and groups welcome. Free shuttles to and from the casino for five to 15 guests within a 50-mile radius. Hotel has 50 rooms. Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-4 a.m.
Prairie Wind Casino
Near Pine Ridge
Blackjack, poker and slots. Bingo Thursday-Saturday. Weekly and monthly promotions. Located 12 miles east of Oelrichs on Highway 18.
Las Vegas-style casino and convention center. Meetings, banquets and entertainment. Located on Highway 83. Open 24 hours.
Royal River Casino & Motel
Slots, blackjack, poker, bingo and buffet on weekends. 120 deluxe room hotel/RV park and entertainment center. AAA rated, pool, suites, gift/craft shop and live music. Open 24 hours.