South Dakota voters will have a chance to legalize sports betting in the state. The constitutional referendum for Amendment B takes place during the presidential election on November 3, 2020.

The amendment asks voters to approve the expansion of gambling. This may only be done by changing the constitution. The state legislature passed the question already, meaning that if voters also approve, it becomes law on July 1, 2021.

The constitutional amendment changes a few words in section 25 of Article III that cover Deadwood gambling. It adds “wagering on sporting events” to the list of games permitted in Deadwood. The existing legal games are craps, roulette, keno, limited card games and slot machines.

The current bet limit in Deadwood is $1,000, though most casinos cap the action at $100. If the amendment is approved, the legislature will determine the maximum bet for sports betting.

The South Dakota Legislature would need to write regulations during the 2021 session if the constitutional amendment passes. This would include the types of wagers permitted at Deadwood sportsbooks. These are typically straight bets, parlays, teasers, props, futures and in-play wagering.

There will be a decision as to the types of sports that may be on the boards at Deadwood sportsbooks. This may include football, basketball, baseball, hockey, boxing, mixed martial arts, auto racing, golf, tennis and anything else lawmakers may agree on permitting. The discussion as to whether mobile betting will be allowed would be part of this discussion, as well as whether it includes any college sports.

Voters that wish to approve this should vote yes. Those opposed to it should vote no.

If the constitutional amendment passes, it would also open the doors for sports betting at the state’s reservation casinos. South Dakota tribes would not need to pay taxes on the winnings from sportsbooks. Deadwood operators would pay a nine percent tax.

Deadwood, South Dakota sports betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in South Dakota?

No. However, it is on the November 2020 ballot.

What type of sports betting would be legal in Deadwood if this amendment passes?

That will be decided the 2021 legislature.

Is betting on horses legal in Deadwood?

Yes. However, there are no racebooks. You may place these wagers on mobile apps.

Will South Dakota sportsbooks have mobile betting?

That is an issue to be decided by the legislature if the amendment passes.

Do Deadwood casinos support mobile sports betting?

Deadwood casinos have voiced opposition to mobile betting.

How old will I need to be to bet on sports in South Dakota?

The minimum age would be 21, if it passes the referendum.

Which casinos will have sportsbook if the amendment passes?

We expect most major Deadwood casinos to offer it.