Telephone Booth Casino owners in SF are crying, again


Hey, Sioux Falls, this is what a REAL casino looks like

Let’s face it, a casino near Larchwood will actually be good for the Sioux Falls economy. It will provide good paying jobs with benefits (yes, Las Vegas style casino’s are excellent places to work) and people who visit the casino from other parts of Iowa probably will come to Sioux Falls to do some shopping. But the naysayers (crap-hole video lottery casino owners who have been robbing us blind for years) are crying in Sioux Falls. Let’s be honest, most citizens don’t care if you lose significant revenue or go out of business for good. That’s why when a VL lottery ban made it to the ballot box twice a majority of Sioux Falls residents said ‘Get rid of it’ we are sick and tired of it and the crime problems it has brought to our city.

“We believe that a new full-service resort casino at Lyon County would attract the majority of its customers from the greater Sioux Falls area,” a study by GVA Marquette Advisors said.

“Let’s be honest,” said Glenn Anderson, Lyon County’s economic development director, “we have the thanks to give to Sioux Falls. That’s the bottom line.”

South Dakota Sen. Scott Heidepriem, who tried to outmaneuver the Iowa plan with legislation earlier this year, called it “bad news for Sioux Falls.”

Bad news for the state VL coffers, that’s about it.

Kehl Management, which is sponsoring the Lyon County plan, wants to build a casino with 800 slot machines, 24 gaming tables, a 100-room hotel and an 18-hole golf course. The resort would be similar to Kehl’s Riverside Casino & Golf Resort in Riverside, Iowa.

Oh you mean there will actually be other things to do there besides smoking cigarettes and drinking cheap American tap beer!? You mean it will actually offer OTHER entertainment?! Where do they get off! Sioux Falls residents like their casinos small, dark, smokey and in a bad neighborhood. Anything else is unacceptable! C’mon Iwegions! Get with the program.

The study also concluded that a Lyon County casino would have a “significant impact” on video lottery revenues in the Sioux Falls area.

Like I said in the beginning, this would only affect a handful of casino owners not Sioux Falls residents as a whole.

“I’m sure there would be a lot of jobs created for Sioux Falls people,” Ketterer said. “I’m sure Larchwood couldn’t fill all of those jobs.”


If it’s built, Heidepriem predicted Sioux Falls and South Dakota would inherit the social and criminal costs that piggyback with gambling while seeing none of the revenue.

Sorry, Scott, but I am going to call big fat bullshit on you! If you and the other legislators are so freaking concerned about our safety and wellbeing you would have gotten rid of video lottery a long, long, time ago. I doubt we have to worry about little old ladies playing golf and slot machines as a ‘social and criminal’ concern. We need to get rid of our shithole VL casinos in Sioux Falls, then we will truly see the savings in social costs.


#1 Costner on 05.14.09 at 6:42 am

I’m not a big fan of VL either, but I still say they should just open up “real” gambling state-wide.

The way it sits everyone in SD is within about 20 minutes of a VL casino and within 90 minutes of an Indian casino, so why not just get rid of the trash and offer a handful of quality establishments that would (as you said) offer more than just a smoke filled atmosphere and tap beer?

Iowa has done it right – we should follow their model.

#2 l3wis on 05.14.09 at 6:48 am

The tribes would scream bloody murder. Besides I think we owe the indians. Yes, I have some ‘white guilt’.

#3 Costner on 05.14.09 at 7:04 am

We don’t owe them a thing. The white man won, they lost…time to accept it and get the heck over it. That is like saying we should feel guilty because we stole this land from the British.

Besides, history has told us land was being gained and lost by various tribes for hundreds or perhaps thousands of years before the white man ever stepped foot in North America, so if we want to feel guilt it should be towards the original owners – and nobody knows who they are.

I even recall someone finding some fossils of earlier residents that suggested Native Americans weren’t actually the first resident of the area, so in any case I have zero guilt.

Besides, by continuing to pay them and force them onto the reservations it only continues to draw the line between us and quite honestly it keeps them segregated. At what point do we say enough is enough and actually try to blend them into the rest of the US?

Or we could grant them a chunk of North Dakota, put up a fence, and call it good. They can do whatever the heck they want…just as Russell Means has always wanted.

#4 l3wis on 05.14.09 at 7:09 am

Most of the indians want to be segregated. Trust me, a lot of blood was shed trying to ‘assimulate’ them. Not a battle worth fighting anymore.

You are right, there has been substantial evidence that Native Americans migrated here from Asia.

#5 Ghost of Dude on 05.14.09 at 7:26 am

If it’s built, Heidepriem predicted Sioux Falls and South Dakota would inherit the social and criminal costs that piggyback with gambling while seeing none of the revenue.

What an incredibly stupid statement from a guy who wanted to open up another casino in SD. I guess the crime and addiction are okay as long as we get some money.

#6 l3wis on 05.14.09 at 7:34 am

Isn’t that how they justify cigarrettes being legal?

#7 Ghost of Dude on 05.14.09 at 7:36 am

What’s harder to justify is weed not being legal.

#8 Angry Guy on 05.14.09 at 7:46 am

The only way they’ll get ANY of my money is if they comp drinks while I throw cards.

#9 l3wis on 05.14.09 at 8:12 am

They are cheapskate Iwegians, never happen.

#10 Ghost of Dude on 05.14.09 at 8:19 am

The only way they’ll get any of mine is if someone drags me there. Even then, I expect free drinks and topless cocktail waitresses before I’ll drop a quarter in a slot machine.

It’s not that I don’t approve of gambling that keeps me away, it’s that I’m really bad at it.

#11 l3wis on 05.14.09 at 8:33 am

Aren’t you a Baptist too? Tsk! Tsk!

I like blackjack. I am also curious what other entertainment they will have besides my favorite casino entertainment, the buffet.

#12 Ghost of Dude on 05.14.09 at 10:14 am

Jews don’t recognize Jesus as the Messiah,

Lutherens don’t recognize the Pope as the head of the church,

Baptists don’t recognize each other at the liquor store

#13 Ghost of Dude on 05.14.09 at 10:15 am

Q: Why should you always take two Baptists fishing with you?
A: Because if you only take one, he’ll drink all the beer.

#14 l3wis on 05.14.09 at 11:18 am

I have heard the liquor store joke before, pretty funny. I have always liked what Betty Bowers calls Baptists, ‘The American Taliban’

#15 Ghost of Dude on 05.14.09 at 12:17 pm

The american Taliban would be the southern variety of Baptists. They don’t let their women wear pants or hold any position in the church higher than sunday school teacher. They have a much more fundamentalist view (more in line with Pastor Steve’s) on life and are fond of boycotts – when what they’d rather do is blow things up and shoot people they don’t like.
The rest of us are pretty tame and seem to be attracting people by the thousands from the fundies.
Guys like Pat Robertson are being marginalized, and they’re afraid.

#16 l3wis on 05.14.09 at 12:35 pm

Women can’t wear pants!? I’m moving to the South.

#17 Ghost of Dude on 05.14.09 at 1:10 pm

They wear ankle-length skirts instead.

The southern baptists are also against women working outside the home and against girls and women playing sports, but have softened a bit on that as it’s just ridiculous.

#18 l3wis on 05.14.09 at 1:35 pm

Sandy Jerstad must have gotten after them.

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