South Dakota antes up

In 1988, South Dakota voters authorized gambling in Deadwood. Originally, the stakes were limited to $5, with mandates on maximum casino size and requirements that casino owners be “bona fide” South Dakota residents keeping major Las Vegas-based operators out of the market.

You can read more about the proliferation of casinos across the U.S. in Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling

Go here to read an excerpt from the book, or learn where to buy your copy.