South Dakota Sports Betting One Step Closer as Lawmakers Send Bill to Governor

by Ciaran McEneaney - Friday, March 5th, 2021 10:23

South Dakota sports betting is now in the hands of the state governor after lawmakers passed a sports betting bill in a house vote on Thursday.

The House passed SB 44 by a resounding majority of 58-8 before sending the bill to Gov. Kristi Noem. If the governor signs the bill into law, Deadwood casinos will be allowed to add sports betting to their current offerings.

The House vote follows South Dakota voters giving the go-ahead for legal sports betting during the November 2020 ballot.

The bill sets out a framework for regulated sports betting including a tax rate of 9% on all sports wagering revenue and a license fee of only $2,000 — one of the lowest in the U.S. Tax revenue generated will go directly towards the preservation of Deadwood as a historical tourist attraction.

However, the bill only allows retail sports betting with no provisions for mobile or internet wagering. Betting on South Dakota college teams and some college prop bets are also forbidden in the legislation.

Two other sports betting bills that allowed for mobile wagering were also introduced this session but neither made it past the committee.

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Ciaran McEneaney

Ciaran has a decade of experience writing for some of the biggest names in the eSports, poker, and casino industries.