Everything You Need to Know About Gambling Age in South Dakota

Tom A. Foster
October 17, 2022
Gambling Age in South Dakota

South Dakota is home to nine Native American casinos, as well as a state-run lottery and several off-track betting facilities. If you’re planning a trip to the Mount Rushmore State and want to try your luck at the tables or slots, here’s everything you need to know about gambling in South Dakota.

The Gambling Age in South Dakota

In South Dakota, you must be at least 21 years old to gamble in a casino. If you’re under 21, you’re not allowed in the gaming areas of casinos—even if you’re just accompanying an older friend or family member. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For instance, if you’re attending a concert or other event in a casino’s entertainment venue, you may be able to enter that area even if you’re not old enough to gamble

Can Kids Go Into Casinos in South Dakota?

No, children are not allowed in the gambling areas of casinos. However, most casinos have child care facilities or arrangements with local babysitters so that parents can enjoy some time gambling while their kids are being well cared for. Additionally, many casinos have family-friendly attractions like arcades, arcade games, and kid-friendly dining options

South Dakota Casinos & Gambling Laws

All casinos in South Dakota are owned and operated by Native American tribes. The state has no commercial casinos. tribal casinos are regulated by the National Indian Gaming Commission and the tribe’s own gaming commission. The state lottery is overseen by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. Off-track betting is regulated by the South Dakota Racing Commission

Whether you’re looking to hit the slots, play some table games, or try your luck with the lottery, South Dakota has plenty of gambling options for you to choose from. Just remember that you have to be at least 21 years old to gamble in the state—and don’t forget to enjoy some of the other great attractions that South Dakota has to offer while you’re there!

Author Tom A. Foster

Tom is a huge sports fan and a semi-professional sports bettor. His favorite teams are the New York Knicks and the Green Bay Packers. These days, he mostly bets on Stake.com and Sportsbet.io. When he's not writing or watching sports, he enjoys hiking.