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 into a entertainment and casino destination and attract tourists? Officials with Yankton Area growth that is progressive believe it can.

Former State Senator Bernie Hunhoff speaks concerning the proposed Port Yankton project that includes a casino. It is being organized by Yankton Area growth that is progressive and its president John Kramer (left).

The team offered a plan early in the day this week to build an area near the Missouri River that would include a casino, restaurants, music space, river access, meeting space, waterparks, retail area, a downtown marina plus an excursion motorboat to compliment the historic structures already here. The price will 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 point of view, we actually need individuals,’ YAPG chairman Rob Stephenson said. ‘We really need people whom want to live and stay static in Yankton.’

Modeled After Deadwood

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

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