Sports betting coming to Deadwood but not until July 1

DEADWOOD, S.D. — Sports betting is coming to Deadwood with South Dakota voters approving Amendment B.

Voting was half of the process, the next step is for the state legislature to create the rules and guidelines that sports wagering will follow. The plan is expected to be presented to the public on July 1, 2021.

Mike Rodman, Executive Director of Deadwood Gaming Association said, “Most of the casino operators that I have talked to are looking to create lounge areas where they’ll have the big screen TV’s, very similar to what you might see in Vegas.”

The South Dakota Legislature will also have to put certain protocols on sports betting that can be accessed through applications on mobile devices.

“You would sign up here in a local casino and then you could place your sports wager anywhere in the state of South Dakota on your mobile device,” said Rodman. “It’s called Geo-Fencing and Geo-Fencing is in the state of South Dakota so that is an option if the legislature approves that in their rules.”

The Amendment passed with 58% voting in favor of legalizing sports betting and 41% voting against. Once sports betting is officially operational in Deadwood, the town will see an increase in revenue that was once lost to surrounding states.

“Sports wagering typically happens at slower times, the big sporting events like March Madness and the Super Bowl, times when it will be really good for Deadwood,” added Rodman. “Bring more people for hotel stays, food and beverage sales, along with additional gaming and of course the sports wagers.”

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