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 gaming commission will determine the maximum bet for sports betting.

The South Dakota Legislature passed some regulations during the 2021 session. This law was approved as SB 44. It was signed into law by Governor Kristi Noem on March 18, 2021. It does not permit wagers on South Dakota college sports, or any minor or high school leagues. Prop bets on individual college players are not permitted. Bettors must be at least 21 years old.

The South Dakota Commission on Gaming will determine more technical regulations. This includes the types of wagers permitted at Deadwood sportsbooks. These are typically straight bets, parlays, teasers, props, futures and in-play wagering. It may also include betting limits and the types of vendor licensing required to establish sports betting.

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 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.

South Dakota mobile sports betting

Mobile sports betting is not legal in South Dakota. A bill that would have permitted it failed to pass in the 2021 state legislature. Currently, sports bets must be made at Deadwood or tribal casinos.

Deadwood, South Dakota sports betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in South Dakota?

Yes. However, it is not live yet. It is expected to launch in September 2021.

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

That will be decided by gaming regulators in spring 2021.

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?

There are no legal South Dakota mobile sportsbooks.

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

The minimum age is 21.

Which Deadwood casinos will have sportsbooks?

We expect most major Deadwood casinos to offer it.