50% will visit new Casino, 53% don't want one built in SD

Nielsen Brothers Polling of Sioux Falls released another poll gauging reaction to the opening of Grand Falls Casino.

50% of those polled said they’d visit the casino within the next year — the other 50% said they’d never visit the “Las Vegas” style facility.  Of the 50% that said they will visit, 8% said they plan to go at least once a month.

The NBP survey also asked if respondents would support a competing South Dakota casino if lost revenues lead to a cut in services or tax hikes. While a competing casino is supported by 26 percent, twice that number (53 percent) oppose it and 21 percent are undecided.

?Opposition to a competing South Dakota casino appears entrenched?, Nielson says, ?even as a large portion of Sioux Falls residents plan to make at least one trip down to the Iowa casino.?

There has been speculation that the SD Legislature might call a special session to deal with revenue loss from the Iowa casino….some even speculate that perhaps the Legislature might reverse the expanded smoking ban to help SD bars and casinos who’ve lost approximately 16% of their business since their private property rights were restricted.  It’s anticipated that Grand Falls will cut into even more of their shrinking profits.  Not to mention the sales tax money that the state stands to lose.

So what action should the state take….or should they just wait and see?

* Image from the Grand Falls Casino website

20 Replies to “50% will visit new Casino, 53% don't want one built in SD”

  1. Stace Nelson

    Let me join Horace Greeley in saying “Go West young man” and women! Deadwood is the place to relax, spend some change, and then you can hit the many sites of Western SD. The total package for a vacation or a weekend off.

    If you need some quick casino fun? Ft Randall is a quick trip from Sioux Falls.

    The problem with going to a casino in Iowa? After you lose in their casino, you are still stuck in Iowa…

  2. Name

    Giving your money away is a personal choice…………..
    Being I give it to the IRS I can not afford both.
    I guess the question is who will spend $$$$$. We are planning a visit to try the food and not a person in group of 16 will spend a dime on gambling. Food may well be to expensive so I guess that is a one trip visit with no $$$$$ lost to Iowa or SD……..

  3. duggersd

    Yeah, I’ll go once in a while. I am thinking about doing the 9 hour drive to get home to see Charley Daniels Band in July. I will try their restaurants, but am getting too old for buffets. I might play a game or two of black jack.
    As for what SD should do, I figure absolutely nothing. The voters have spoken about the smoking thing. It appears we do not want a similar facility here if you can believe the poll. And I think there are some people along the high way running into the casino who could offer some services for people heading there or home.

  4. Truthinator

    I’ll visit just long enough to smell the stench of someone else’s cigarette smoke. Then back to good old smoke-free SD where I don’t have that film of cigarette filth covering me after visiting a bar or gambling joint.

    1. Jack Sparrow

      I was at the casino last night and the smoke wasn’t that bad. The casino is split in 1/2 with part being smoking and the other non smoking. Made my donation of $20 in the non smoking part & didn’t come out smelling like an ash tray. Overall, was quite impressed with the place.

  5. Duh

    Truth, if you look at the pictures, there’s no smoking signs everywhere. Time to go blow that paycheck. Very ambitious plan given the state of the economy. However, midwestern farmers are currently rolling in dough due to the corn prices. Seriously rolling in dough. Problem, most are thrifty and have lived the ups and downs of the farm economy so I don’t think they’ll help the casino too much.

  6. Elton

    Sioux Falls has already lost the opportunity to build a competing casino. I would never go to one of the small casinos in Sioux Falls but will go to the new casino (if they have penny slots that is…). Sioux Falls needs to focus on bringing bigger and better national acts to town.

  7. CaveMan

    Grud you are a funny guy. Imagine spending 500 bucks at the smokey slots but instead go to a sliver and gold store and buy 20 oz.s of silver. Do this every month for a year and in ten years you will be a rich man. Silver is the sleeping giant of the precious metals world. 🙂

    1. Les

      I don’t think $500 will get you 20 oz anymore CM. It is sleeping because the JP Morg and HFT have put it to sleep with a headlock. Wait until their paper becomes more worthless and just 1% run for the metals.

    1. grudznick

      That, my young friend, is a rare and bare feet. My breakfast buddies Bob and Bill are the masters at being reviewed, and Mr. Sibby is at least a journeyman. You must have really hit a nerve.

    2. Kristi Golden

      No clue Stace — I’ve approved it now. Apparently this topic was too hot — since several rather routine posts were held up.

  8. Stace Nelson

    Very bland post:
    “Let me join Horace Greeley in saying ?Go West young man? and women! Deadwood is the place to relax, spend some change, and then you can hit the many sites of Western SD. The total pkg for a vacation or a weekend off.

    If you need some quick casino fun? Ft Randall is a quick trip from Sioux Falls.

    The problem with going to a casino in Iowa? After you lose in their casino, you are still stuck in Iowa?”

  9. Stace Nelson

    Very bland post?

    “Let me join Horace Greeley in saying ?Go West young man? and women! Deadwood is the place to relax, spend some change, and then you can (go to) the many sites of Western SD. The total package for a vacation or a weekend off.

    If you need some quick casino fun? Ft Randall is a quick trip from Sioux Falls.

    The problem with going to a casino in Iowa? After you lose in their casino, you are still stuck in Iowa?”

  10. Name

    My siblings and I stopped at the new Iowa casino on the way home from a trip to Iowa last weekend. In answer to one poster above, they do have penny slots, which we tried out and lost (a whole dollar apiece!). No casino gets rich off us! But it was interesting that the place is perhaps one inch over the state line, only about eight miles or so from town, and Iowa is getting all the profits from this. I don’t know where SD was once planning on building our own casino to compete with or in place of this one, but that time has long past to do so. It is a beautiful facility, not smoke-filled, and we will go back and probably eat once to try it out (looked at the buffet and it’s wonderful but also wonderfully expensive) and lose about $10 or so per couple. Since people will visit casinos and will lose money there, it’s too bad that SD is not the one benefitting from this instead of IOwa when it is essentially closer to SD than to any city in Iowa.