The South Dakota electorate voted to legalize sports betting in the November 2020 election. Then in March 2021, the state’s lawmakers passed legislation that would legalize sports betting in the city of Deadwood.
Governor Kristi Noem signed SB 44 into law on March 29th 2021 before the South Dakota Gaming Commission approved a set of sports betting regulations on July 14th. The new rules allowed the sports betting industry to launch on September 9th 2021 on the first day of the NFL season.
According to the new laws, sports betting is now allowed in both commercial and tribal casinos located in Deadwood.
Who regulates the South Dakota sports betting industry?
The South Dakota Commission on Gaming is a five-member commission made up of citizens of South Dakota. Each member is appointed by the Governor of the State of South Dakota. The commission is responsible for all rules and regulations along with the issuance of sports betting licenses in the state.
Which sportsbooks are available in South Dakota?
It’s not yet clear which retail sportsbook operators will enter the South Dakota market as the 20+ casinos located in the city are all allowed to apply for a sports betting license. These casinos can then opt to partner with an established retail sportsbook operator or create a self-branded sportsbook in partnership with a tech provider.
Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort and Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort partnered with BetMGM to launch their retail sportsbooks on Sept. 9th.
We will update the list as each casino confirms its launch date and any possible partnership deals.
|Buffalo Bodega Gaming Complex||TBD|
|Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort||BetMGM|
|Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort||TBD|
|Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino & Hotel||TBD|
|Deadwood Station Bunkhouse & Gambling Hall||TBD|
|First Gold Hotel & Gaming||TBD|
|Gold Country Inn Gambling Hall & Cafe||TBD|
|Gold Dust Gaming & Entertainment Complex||TBD|
|Historic Bullock Hotel||TBD|
|Iron Horse Inn||TBD|
|Lucky 8 Gaming||TBD|
|The Lodge at Deadwood Gaming Resort||TBD|
|Main Street Deadwood Gulch||TBD|
|Mineral Palace Hotel & Gaming||TBD|
|Old Style Saloon No. 10||TBD|
|Oyster Bay Bar & Casino||TBD|
|Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex||TBD|
|Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort||BetMGM|
|Wooden Nickel Casino||TBD|
Sports betting apps in South Dakota
The state’s betting legislation only allows for mobile sports betting on casino premises. As a result, any mobile apps will be tied directly to the casino’s retail sports betting partner.
If a legislation amendment is passed that will change this stipulation, we’ll update this page.
Daily Fantasy Sports in South Dakota
South Dakota doesn’t have any legislation regarding Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) contests. However, in 2015, the South Dakota Attorney General released the following statement:
“Based upon the current state of uncertainty, including the ongoing debate on whether daily fantasy sports wagering is predominately a permissive game of skill or an unlawful game of chance, it will not be my intent to seek felony indictments here in South Dakota absent a clearer directive from our state legislature. I will continue to consider other alternatives including potential civil remedies and National Attorneys General joint action aimed at protecting the intent of our Constitutional and statutory provisions.”
In other words, the local government will not regulate the industry but nor will they prosecute anyone who plays DFS or operators who provide DFS contests within the state.
As a result, many of the country’s biggest DFS companies now operate within the state. These include DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo!
What about online poker in South Dakota?
Online gambling is not regulated by the state of Dakota but nor is it explicitly prohibited by state law. This means that while there are no licensed online poker or casino providers in the state, international poker platforms will accept registrations for new players from South Dakota.
With South Dakota basing all of its gambling activity in the city of Deadwood, it seems unlikely that lawmakers will pass legislation that would allow online gambling across the state.
South Dakota sports betting frequently asked questions
Is sports betting legal in South Dakota?
Yes, sports betting is legal since March 2021 when Governor Kristi Noem signed a bill allowing casinos in Deadwood to launch sportsbooks.
Is mobile sports betting legal in South Dakota?
Yes, mobile sports betting is legal but it is limited to casino properties.
What sports can I bet on in South Dakota?
You can place wagers on all major and college sports with the exception of collegiate events that involve in-state teams.
What's the legal age for sports betting in South Dakota?
The legal age for sports betting is 21 years or older.