Nowadays, Deadwood Economic Development Director Charles Turbiville points out, "everybody lives within 100 miles of a casino." That was not always the case. Two decades ago, South Dakota became only the third place in the country, behind Nevada in 1931 and Atlantic City, N.J., in 1978 to legalize gambling. South Dakota also was one of the first states where tribal gaming took hold when the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe opened Royal River Casino in 1990, two years after tribal gaming became legal.
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