South Dakota Voters Approve Sports Betting

South Dakota voters approved Question 2 on Tuesday’s ballot. The constitutional amendment passed by a nearly 20-point margin.

This vote added sports betting language to the approved games permitted in Deadwood. It goes into effect on July 1, 2021. 

The next step for Deadwood sports betting is drafting regulations. This will occur in the state legislature, where it must be approved. Regulations will include whether there will be South Dakota mobile sports betting or if it will be entirely contained within the Deadwood city limits. If the latter is the case, bettors would need to drive to Deadwood to make all bets and collect winnings. 

Other states have demonstrated that retail-only sports betting is not competitive without a mobile product alongside it. Otherwise, it becomes impossible to compete with offshore sites, neighborhood bookmakers and neighboring states. 

Tribal casinos in South Dakota may offer sports betting in July 2021. This is permitted under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Mobile would give tribes the ability to compete with Deadwood, too. These properties are closer than Deadwood for most South Dakotans east of Rapid City. Sioux Falls residents can drive across the state line to Iowa to make a bet. 

Gambling on the ballot in other states

South Dakota was one of three states that passed sports betting in the November election. Maryland and most Louisiana parishes also approved the gambling expansion into sports betting. 

Voters in Virginia approved casinos in four cities. This gives the green light to gaming properties in Bristol, Danville, Norfolk and Portsmouth. Richmond will have a casino referendum in 2021. 

Nebraska residents approved casinos at the state’s racetracks. It became the last state in the Great Plains to permit that form of gambling. Previously, only horseracing, charity gaming, keno and a state lottery were permitted. 

Colorado casinos will no longer have a bet limit. Currently, it is $100 in Colorado. Any game can be approved when the new law goes into effect in May. Colorado casino expansion requires passage by the cities that host the properties. 

Colorado charities scored a victory at the ballot box. More charities will be able to offer games like bingo and raffles to raise funds. Employees will now be permitted to get paid minimum wage. Previously, everyone that helped run a nonprofit game of chance had to do so as a volunteer. No payment was permitted. 

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