South Dakota concerned over gaming addiction

Problem gambling has generated alerts in the State.

An official survey has awakened concern among South Dakota officials as gaming expansion is being debated.

US.- South Dakota has ranked as the second most gaming addicted State in the country, according to an official report released by the American expert company, WalletHub. Problem gambling has generated alerts among State’s officials, as several groups have been showing interesting in expanding the industry.

“Gambling disorder, as the affliction is known, affects slightly more than 2 percent of all U.S. adults,” confirmed the survey. Nevada came first in the podium, whilst South Dakota was followed by Montana and West Virginia. South Dakota ranked as third most gambling friendly State, following Nevada and Montana. Alabama came as the least gambler state whereas Hawaii and Utah shared the 49th position as the less gaming friendly states.

“WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states to determine where excessive gambling is most prevalent. Our data set of 15 key metrics ranges from presence of illegal gambling operations to lottery sales per capita to share of adults with gambling disorders,” added the report.

Meanwhile, South Dakota Yankton city’s government has published its intentions to add further casino attractions 400 miles away from touristic town of Deadwood. Both cities are renowned for its Wild West scenography, which leads to several visits per year. The government’s plan is to construct a new hotel, a convention centre, an entertainment facility, a restaurant and an exclusive casino in downtown Yankton.