Yankton, South Dakota Officials Float Idea of Casino Near Downtown River

Yankton, South Dakota Officials Float Idea of Casino Near Downtown River

Could water baptize a river district right into a entertainment and casino destination and attract tourists? Officials with Yankton Area Progressive Growth (YAPG) believe it may.

Former State Senator Bernie Hunhoff talks about the proposed Port Yankton task that includes a casino. It’s being arranged by Yankton Area Progressive Growth team as well as its president John Kramer (left).

The team provided a plan early in the day this week to construct a place near the Missouri River that would include a casino, restaurants, music space, river access, meeting space, waterparks, retail space, a downtown marina and an excursion ship to compliment the historic buildings already there. The cost could be between $30-50 million and would be privately funded by investors.

‘We’re continuing to broaden our mission a little bit and realizing, from a workforce standpoint, we really need people,’ YAPG chairman Rob Stephenson said. ‘We really require people who want to live and stay in Yankton.’

Modeled After Deadwood

The casino would include 500 slots and 10 table games, and along with hotel revenue, would bring in an estimated $32-$40 million annually. Deadwood, that has had debate expansion that is surrounding has seven gaming spots to make wagers within the historic city where crazy Bill Hickok ended up being shot dead at a poker table in 1876.

YAPG president John Kramer said the entertainment center would be more Continue reading “Yankton, South Dakota Officials Float Idea of Casino Near Downtown River”