Spike in Sioux Falls video lottery casinos brings push to overhaul city's gaming rules
Sioux Falls could soon join a list of South Dakota cities that cap the number of video lottery casinos within their boundaries.
Councilors this week got their first look at a pair of ordinance proposals aimed at reigning in an influx of gambling establishments that have been popping up in Sioux Falls since 2019.
That’s when the city adopted an ordinance change that allowed video lottery businesses to cohabit a single location, a shift aimed at allowing more gambling machines under the same roof. Since then, at least 12 multi-casino locations totaling 40 licensed establishments have opened up around Sioux Falls, including some where as many as five licensed casinos share space.
And with 10 machines allowed per video lottery license, those locations house a combined 400 video lottery machines.
Councilors who supported the 2019 ordinance change now say they never expected more than two casinos to share one building.