South Dakota’s first legal sports bets have now been placed
By Bob Garcia
Deadwood, SD, has entered the legal sports betting market in the US
South Dakota has finally opened the doors to the sports betting market, and Deadwood casinos have already made the first transactions a reality. The state’s long efforts after the US Supreme Court struck down the federal law banning commercial sports gambling have finally paid off, and bettors couldn’t be more excited, especially since the news comes just as the new NFL season began.
Cadillac Jack’s, Gold Dust, Tin Lizzie and Mustang Sally’s were the four casinos in Deadwood that opened their doors to sports betting for the first time last Thursday. By law, wagering is only allowed at facilities that received the go-ahead located in this city. For now, people can place their bets at a digital kiosk, with cashiers at a window, or soon, through an app on their smartphone. It should be noted that the application will only be available as long as the person is inside the facilities.
According to the Rapid City Journal, the South Dakota Gaming Commission issued a final ruling in the middle of last week on a list of sporting events that players will be able to bet on, including professional and collegiate sports, as well as Olympic events. Mike Rodman, executive director of Deadwood Gaming Association, said last week’s opening exceeded any expectations, adding, “We’re very pleased that we got to this point. And it’s been a long haul getting there. We’re happy to be there today.”
The process to legalize sports gambling in this city began a few years ago, Rodman said. In fact, the Deadwood Gaming Commission attempted to get the state legislature to legalize the market in 2019. However, three votes short meant the goal was not pursued. Still, a year later, voters in The Mount Rushmore State legalized sports gambling with approximately 58% approval, and this year, the state legislature gave the green light to gambling laws.