Deadwood, South Dakota Sportsbooks

South Dakota voters legalized sports betting in the state. The constitutional referendum for Amendment B took place on November 3, 2020.

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

The constitutional amendment changed a few words in section 25 of Article III that cover Deadwood gambling. It added “wagering on sporting events” to the list of games permitted in Deadwood. The previous 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. The legislature will determine the maximum bet for sports betting.

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

Types of possible wagers at Deadwood sportsbooks

  • Straight bets: A wager made on one team involving a point spread or moneyline.
  • Parlays: A wager that includes two or more outcomes that must all win to cash ticket.
  • Teasers: Like a parlay, a player receives points added to their side in football and basketball and all sides must win to cash.
  • Proposition bets: This is a bet on specific stats on a player or team or an alternative point spread line or moneyline on a team.
  • Futures: This is where a player picks a winner of a championship, division or conference.
  • In-play: Bets made on an event that is in-progress.

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.

The constitutional amendment also opens the door 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, most of which goes towards preserving the historic city.

Deadwood, South Dakota sports betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in South Dakota?

Yes. However, it is not live yet. It was approved by voters in November 2020.

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.

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.