The Tampa Bay Buccaneers start defending their NFL championship by hosting the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football tonight. Not coincidentally, Deadwood is also kicking off sports betting today.
We have been able to confirm the opening of three sports betting operations in Deadwood. BetMGM partnered with Cadillac Jack’s and Tin Lizzie.
Gold Dust also opened a sports betting operation in Deadwood today. Bets made at Gold Dust are on iSports Stand kiosks operated by ISI Race & Sports. The Lodge at Deadwood notes that it has a sportsbook coming soon, but it did not announce an opening day launch.
Deadwood Mountain Grand shared two pictures of its new Dale’s Sportsbook with us this morning, though it is still waiting for approval to launch:
Cadillac Jack’s showed off its new BetMGM sportsbook in a tweet today. It took the first legal sports bet in South Dakota history this morning, according to a company press release. It shows the first six bets booked by BetMGM in South Dakota. Those include Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos futures bets to win the Super Bowl.
More than half of states now have legal sports betting
As of today, there are 26 states plus Washington DC that have legalized sports betting. Of those, 10 states require bettors to go to a gaming establishment to make the bet. South Dakota’s decision to not permit statewide mobile sports betting puts it into this category. However, residents near Wyoming and Iowa may cross the border and create an account in those states to make mobile sports bets.
Deadwood sportsbooks are permitted to take action on a variety of sports. This includes football, baseball, basketball, hockey, golf, tennis, soccer, auto racing, boxing, mixed martial arts and nearly any other professional sport where there is a market. Straight bets, money lines, totals, parlays, teasers, props and futures are among the types of available wagers on these sporting events.
One type of bet that is noticeably absent from the menu is games involving South Dakota colleges. Gaming regulations do not permit action on those events at Deadwood sportsbooks.
While statewide mobile sports betting is not legal in South Dakota, these apps may be used on the property of the casino where the sportsbook is licensed. As of today, none have been launched in Deadwood. BetMGM says it plans on having one at its Deadwood partner properties in the near future.
The maximum bet permitted under law is $1,000, though sportsbooks may lower that. All South Dakota sport bettors must be at least 21 years old.