south dakota sports betting

There are currently ten retail sportsbooks in the Deadwood area, but with 26 casinos operating within state lines, we are likely to see more open soon. In 2022, a new ballot proposed to expand sports betting statewide and allow mobile betting. This attempt died once it reached the House but shows promise that the whole state might one day be able to bet on sports.

The vote to allow sports betting within the state of South Dakota was passed in November 2020, and on September 9, 2021, the first retail bets were taken. This all came about when Governor Kristi Noem signed SJR 501 into law which allowed wagering to be legal in Deadwood.

Sportsbooks in South Dakota

Deadwood is rich in culture when it comes to gambling. The city that was once an illegal settlement where Wild Bill Hickock was shot while playing cards back in 1876.

These days things are fully regulated, and the city is home to 26 casinos that offer slots, card games, and table games. A few of these casinos now offer sports betting, with more to follow.

It’s now possible to make bets like Moneyline, Point Spread, Totals, Parlays, Futures, Props, and In-game. The only exception is that Player Props in NCAA games are restricted. Click here to view the entire sports wagering catalog.

Retail Sportsbooks in South Dakota and their respective casino partners
Casino Location Sportsbook
Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort 360 Main Street Dakota Nation Sportsbook
Gold Dust Casino & Hotel 688 Main Street Gold Dust Sportsbook
The Midnight Star 677 Main Street BetKota
Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort 555 Lower Main Street Tin Lizzie Sportsbook (BetMGM)
The Lodge at Deadwood 270 Main Street BetLodge
Deadwood Mountain Grand 1906 Deadwood Mountain Drive Dale’s Sportsbook
Mustang Sally’s 634 Main Street Mustang Sally’s Sportsbook

South Dakota Sports Betting Requirements

Sports betting is now allowed within South Dakota but follows limited guidelines for its legality.

  • Sports betting in South Dakota is currently only permitted within the city of Deadwood.
  • The legal gambling age within South Dakota is 21.
  • Mobile bets are only permitted on casino property.
  • The South Dakota Commission on Gaming oversees and regulates sports betting.

Sports Betting History in South Dakota

  • 1986 – Legislation allows a state lottery to be set up.
  • 1987 – The state lottery launches with its first draw.
  • 1989 – Deadwood opens its first casino, initially offering $5 maximum bets.
  • 1993 – The first tribal/state compact is agreed upon and signed, and development begins on the first tribal casinos.
  • 2020 – A ballot is passed to legalize sports betting in South Dakota.
  • 2021 – SB 44 is presented in January and passes in March with a 58-8 vote.
  • 2021 – The first retail sports bets are taken, with four casinos accepting bets on opening day (September 9th)
  • 2022 – A ballot proposal to allow mobile sports betting across the state was passed in Senate in February. A House committee voted against the proposal, meaning betting is still limited to Deadwood.

South Dakota Sports Franchises

South Dakota is pretty tiny by American standards; it’s the sixth least populated state with a little under 900,000 residents. So as you might expect, they don’t have a massive roster of professional teams in the area. The closest big team to support from SD is the Minnesota Vikings.

With all this being said, there are plenty of good sports teams at the high school level and a few lower league hockey teams with plenty of supporters in the state.