Sports Betting in South Dakota Takes a Step Forward

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On February 11, the Senate Joint Resolution passed the Senate in a 24-10 vote, pushing South Dakota further toward legalization.

Senate Joint Resolution 501 was first introduced on Jan. 30, 2020: 20 of the states 30 Republicans votes in its favor, with four out of five Democrats also in favor. With the passing vote, it has been sent to the state House for consideration.

If sports betting becomes legalized, the earliest the state could see it come to fruition would be Summer 2021. This would be dependent on the approval of the House and votes, of course. Mike Rodman, executive director of the Deadwood Gaming Association, believes sports betting could add a vital $4 million market to the city of Deadwood alone.

“We certainly think it is important to have sports wagering as another tool in our toolbox here in Deadwood, across the county sports wagering is kind of the rage, and we want to have that here to keep Deadwood a competitive destination with other gaming destinations,” said Mike Rodman, executive director of the Deadwood Gaming Association.”

Gambling in the State

Legal Gambling

On-site gambling is permissible in the state of South Dakota, and they are home to over 45 casinos statewide. The state also operates tribal venues alongside commercial gambling properties within the state. The city of Deadwood is a casino gambling hub in the area.

There are some restrictions on existing gaming laws, including what games venues are allowed to host. Currently, permissible venues can host slots, live poker, blackjack games, and casino-style poker games.

Smaller businesses, including bars and clubs, are permitted to operate “limited-stakes” card games and slot machines. Charitable gaming and race betting are also allowed, under certain conditions.

Illegal Gambling

Currently, online gambling is explicitly illegal in the state of South Dakota.

There have several laws addressing online gaming, specifically Chapter 22025A, titled “Internet Gambling”:

“For the purposes of this chapter, the term, bet or wager, means to directly or indirectly take, receive, or accept money or any valuable thing with the understanding or agreement that the money or valuable thing will be paid or delivered to a person if the payment or delivery is contingent upon the result of a race, contest, or game or upon the happening of an event not known to be certain. Bet or wager does not include the purchase, sale, or trade of securities or commodities under state or federal law.”

What’s more, is that any bet that’s illegally accepted in real money online casinos or sportsbooks will result in individual violations for the perpetrator, as outlined in Code 22-25A-9:

“Each bet a separate violation. A violation of § 22-25A-7 or 22-25A-8 occurs if the violation originates or terminates, or both, in this state. Each individual bet or wager offered in violation of § 22-25A-7 or from a location or site that violates § 22-25A-8 constitutes a separate violation.”

Rodman, who says that illegal betting has already been happening in the state, is excited for the opportunity for a new, legal option to become available.