Sodak Gaming, Inc. was a gaming company based in Rapid City, South Dakota that distributed slot machines to Indian casinos and financed casino projects. It was acquired by International Game Technology (IGT) in 1999 for $230 million.

Sodak Gaming
HeadquartersRapid City, South Dakota



Sodak was formed in 1989 to supply equipment to gambling halls in Deadwood, South Dakota,[1] and soon became the exclusive distributor of IGT machines to tribal casinos.[2] The Promus Companies acquired a 20 percent stake in Sodak in November 1992.[2] Sodak made its initial public offering in June 1993.[3]

Sodak purchased and refitted a riverboat and leased it to Gaming Supply Co., who opened it in December 1994 as the Miss Marquette casino, in Marquette, Iowa.[4] After Gaming Supply defaulted on lease payments, Sodak bought out the company for less than $5.5 million,[5] taking over operation of the casino in July 1996.[6]

The company moved into the South American market in an effort to diversify its revenue base.[7] In May 1995, it began establishing gaming halls and slot route operations in Peru, reaching a total of 1,300 machines by the end of 1996.[7][8] It opened a casino at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Quito, Ecuador in March 1996, followed by a gaming hall in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 1996.[7] In June 1998, Sodak announced its decision to divest its South American operations, citing a lack of profitability and an unstable regulatory environment.[9][10] The ventures in Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil were sold off by the end of the year.[11]

Sodak agreed in March 1999 to be acquired by IGT for $230 million.[12] As IGT executives did not want to operate casinos, the deal called for Sodak to sell the Miss Marquette casino and its interest in a Louisiana casino project.[13] The Miss Marquette was sold to Lady Luck Gaming for $42 million.[14][15] Sodak's partner in the Louisiana project, Hollywood Casino Corp., purchased Sodak's stake for $2.5 million.[16][17] The acquisition of Sodak by IGT was completed in September 1999.[18]

Following the acquisition, Sodak continued to operate out of Rapid City as a division of IGT, focused on distributing products to Indian casinos.[19] IGT began a reorganization of its North American businesses in 2005, which included dispersing Sodak's operations around the country, and phasing out the Sodak name.[19]


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  2. ^ a b "Promus acquires interest". Las Vegas Review-Journal. November 11, 1992.  – via Factiva (subscription required)
  3. ^ Rosato, Donna (July 1, 1993). "Dow falls 2.77 as economic news worsens". USA Today.  – via Factiva (subscription required)
  4. ^ "Miss Marquette boat overdue on Sodak pmnts". Select Federal Filings Newswires. November 16, 1995.  – via Factiva (subscription required)
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  7. ^ a b c Form 10-K: Annual Report (Report). Sodak Gaming. March 28, 1997. p. 20 – via EDGAR.
  8. ^ Form 10-K: Annual Report (Report). Sodak Gaming. March 28, 1997. p. 3 – via EDGAR.
  9. ^ "Sodak Gaming announces corporate restructuring" (Press release). Sodak Gaming. June 18, 1998. ProQuest 448798942.  – via ProQuest (subscription required)
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  11. ^ Form 10-K: Annual Report (Report). Sodak Gaming. March 30, 1999. p. 20 – via EDGAR.
  12. ^ Berns, Dave (March 12, 1999). "IGT to acquire Sodak Gaming for $230 million". Las Vegas Review-Journal – via NewsBank.
  13. ^ Thompson, Gary (March 11, 1999). "IGT buying slot distributor in week's second gaming merger". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  14. ^ Berg, Renee (August 6, 1999). "Casino sells for $42 million". The Telegraph-Herald. Dubuque, IA. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  15. ^ "Las Vegas company buys Miss Marquette". The Telegraph-Herald. Dubuque, IA. November 6, 1999. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  16. ^ "Hollywood Casino announces purchase agreement". Dallas Business Journal. April 6, 1999. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  17. ^ Form 10-Q: Quarterly Report (Report). Sodak Gaming. May 4, 1999. p. 8 – via EDGAR.
  18. ^ "Slot maker finalizes Sodak Gaming purchase". Las Vegas Sun. September 2, 1999. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  19. ^ a b Daly, Dan (March 9, 2005). "Sodak's role unclear in restructure". The Rapid City Journal. Rapid City, SD – via NewsBank.