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South Dakota

Sports betting in South Dakota has been legal since 2021, but bettors in the state are strictly limited to wagering at casinos in Deadwood or tribal casinos. Lawmakers in the state have continued their pursuit of legal online sports betting on a broader scale, but their efforts have continually fallen short.

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Is online sports betting legal in South Dakota?Yes, with restrictions
Is in-person sports betting legal?Yes
Is daily fantasy sports legal?Yes
Is betting on college sports legal?No
Is horse racing betting legal?Yes
Is greyhound betting legal?No
Is political betting legal?No
Is eSports betting legal?No

South Dakota’s sports betting bill has strict rules about what can and cannot be wagered legally. The most important restriction concerns online wagering, as placing online sports bets is only allowed when the individual is physically located at Deadwood Casino.

Collegiate sports can be bet on, but wagers on in-state colleges or universities are not allowed. Additionally, betting on minor league or high school sports is strictly prohibited. Bets on politics and eSports are also not offered to bettors in the state. While the online sports betting scene is nearly non-existent, residents of South Dakota do have the option to download and use daily fantasy sports apps and racebooks for horse racing.

DFS products exist in an unregulated market as the state has neither outlawed nor legalized them. The good news is this means residents can at least enjoy some form of sports gambling from the comfort of their homes through these products.

Online sports betting in Mount Rushmore State

Sports betting was brought to light in South Dakota thanks to the passing of SJR 501. This resolution narrowly escaped the House in 2020, but once it did, the resolution was then approved by 58% of voters. This allowed Gov. Kristi Noem to sign SJR 501 in 2021, and shortly after, betting went live on September 9, 2021.

Arguably, the most important or noteworthy regulation of this resolution was that sports betting was only to be offered in Deadwood or at tribal casinos. Gambling itself was limited to Deadwood and tribal casinos prior to the passing of this resolution, so sports betting became lumped in with other gambling-related markets.

Mobile betting is allowed in South Dakota, but with a big asterisk next to it. While bettors in the Mount Rushmore state can place mobile wagers, they must be physically located inside a retail betting facility to do so. All retail betting facilities in Deadwood can offer their own mobile betting app, but residents cannot create an account with that product anywhere outside of the premises of that casino.

There have been multiple efforts to change the infrastructure of sports betting in the state in a growing effort to get full-fledged mobile betting legalized. In 2022, a ballot proposal to make online sports betting legal in SD was able to pass through the Senate, but that proposal would die in the House.

Failed proposals did not stop lawmakers from trying again in 2023. Rep. Greg Jamison introduced HJR 5006 during legislative sessions, and after debate on the House floor, this resolution was voted down. Even with another defeat in this area, it's clear that some lawmakers in the state won’t stop until mobile betting is offered at some point over the next few years.

Sports betting & gambling legislation in SD

Based on the rules and regulations laid out by SJR 501, bettors in South Dakota must be at least 21 years old to place a legal sports betting wager. This rule, along with all the other rules and regulations for sports betting, is enforced by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming.

One of the biggest restrictions when it comes to sports betting in SD is that remote registration is not allowed. Since all wagers online must be placed at a retail location in Deadwood, customers cannot create a mobile betting account anywhere outside the confines of a licensed betting facility. While the lack of online sports betting is a black eye on the gambling market, one of the best aspects of the state's betting infrastructure is that the state does not withhold taxes for gambling winnings.

Heading into 2024, the expansion of sports betting remains a relevant topic during legislative sessions. The state has been losing revenue by not offering mobile sports betting, but the House remains in strong opposition to expansion. One thing that has not been clear is whether or not iGaming will be included on any of the mobile betting bills, as online casinos and online poker have remained illegal.

Are online casinos legal in South Dakota?No
Are retail casinos legal?Yes
Are social sportsbooks legal?Yes
Are sweepstakes/social casinos legal?Yes
Is online poker legal?No
Is the lottery legal?Yes
The launch date of sports betting in South Dakota?September 9, 2021
How many legal sports betting apps are there in SD?0
How many legal retail betting sites are there in SD?10+
Is remote registration allowed?No
Legal age for sports betting in South Dakota?21+
South Dakota's tax rate for betting/gambling winnings0%
Who regulates sports betting in South Dakota?South Dakota Commission on Gaming

Most recent updates from the SD sports betting scene

  • April 24, 2023: The Franklin Hotel and Silverado, which is a staple of the states betting complex, has a new owner, which the state has just granted a license to operate.

  • February 21, 2023: House lawmakers in the state have voted against statewide online betting legalization for 2023, so online sports betting will not be available in the state for at least another year.

  • February 14, 2023: Two legislative bills have made their way to the House, and if they are passed, then sports betting will be legal statewide and online.

In-person sports betting sites and locations

Since South Dakota state law already confined most gambling activities to the town of Deadwood, that rule carried over to sports betting. As a result, Deadwood casinos were able to apply for sports betting licenses, giving bettors close to ten locations in the area to place a legal sports wager.

Outside of Deadwood, residents may also be able to find tribal casinos throughout the state that also offer legal sports betting. Lastly, for horse racing fanatics, there is one off-track betting facility in North Sioux City.

Retail Sportsbook

Location

Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort

360 Main St, Deadwood

Gold Dust Casino & Hotel

688 Main St, Deadwood

Mineral Palace Hotel & Gaming

603 Historic Main Street, Deadwood

Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort

555 Lower Main St, Deadwood

First Gold Hotel and Gaming

270 Main St, Deadwood

Deadwood Mountain Grand

1906 Deadwood Mountain Drive, Deadwood

Silverado-Franklin Hotel & Gaming Complex

709 Main St, Deadwood

Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort

304 Cliff St, Deadwood

The Historic Fairmont Hotel Oyster Bay Bar & Casino

626 Main St, Deadwood

Mr. Wu’s Casino

560 Main St, Deadwood

Dakota Connection Casino

46102 SD-10, Sisseton

Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

16415 Sioux Conifer Rd, Watertown

Sports betting in neighboring states

South Dakota is in an area of the country where the sports betting scene is limited. Four of SD’s five neighboring states have legal sports betting, but most of the markets in those states have limitations similar to those in SD.

To find out more about how each of those states' betting infrastructures are arranged or to find out why Minnesota has yet to pass any sports betting legislation, you can click on their name in the box below.

StateOnline sports bettingRetail sports bettingDFSHorse Race betting
MinnesotaIllegalLegal (restricted)LegalLegal
NebraskaIllegalLegalLegalLegal
WyomingLegalLegalLegalLegal
North DakotaIllegalLegalLegalLegal
MontanaLegal (restricted)LegalIllegalLegal

Sports betting revenue impact on South Dakota's economy

As we’ve established, all sports betting in South Dakota is done in Deadwood. In order for a Deadwood area casino to offer a retail sportsbook, it must apply for a license. If its license is approved, the casino must pay a $2,000 licensing fee upfront and another $2,000 annually. The tax rate for sports betting in SD is actually one of the lowest in the country, currently at 9%.

Due to the layout of South Dakota’s sports betting market, the state is not a high earner in terms of handle and revenue. Sports betting has been legal since September 2021, but it took SD until October 2023 to surpass over $1 million in handle for a single month.

The longer South Dakota struggles to get mobile sports betting legal, the more the state's economy will struggle in this area. Of all the states with legal sports betting, SD has made the least amount of handle, revenue, and tax income. This is especially alarming since plenty of the states ahead of SD in those categories have offered sports betting for a very short period of time.

South Dakota sports betting record months:

  • Sports betting handle: December 2023 ($1,143,938)

  • Revenue: October 2023 ($174,906)

  • Tax income: October 2023 ($15,742)

SD sports betting revenue in 2024

Month

Handle (MoM)

Revenue (MoM)

Tax income

Feb. 2024

$696,017

-$38,406

-$3,457

Jan. 2024

$868,815

$94,756

$8,528

2024 Total YTD

$1,564,832

$56,350

$5,071

South Dakota - Some commonly asked questions (FAQ):

Are there any legal restrictions in South Dakota’s sports betting scene?

Yes, South Dakota’s sports betting market is very restricted. Bettors can only place wagers in retail facilities located in Deadwood.

How much money has SD gained from legalizing sports betting?

Due to the restrictions on South Dakota’s sports betting market, the state has only made a little over $2 million in sports betting revenue since September 2021.

When was the last time a school from South Dakota won a national championship?

In 2024, the South Dakota State Jackrabbits won the FCS Title game in football for the second consecutive year.

Who are the most well-known sports figures from SD?

Despite being a smaller state in terms of population, South Dakota was the once the home of some big name sports figures including Brock Lesnar, Mike Miller, Adam Vinatieri, and Becky Hammon.