- Sports betting remains illegal (except on offshore online sports betting sites)
- The earliest sports betting onshore will be available would be July 2021
Welcome to the Rushmore State, where history is adorned with the wild days of the goldrush. Famous for its landmark of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln chiseled in the cliff face of Mount Rushmore, there are plenty of things to do for visitors and tourists to do.
Unfortunately for tourists and visitors who want to gamble, sports betting is not permitted. Despite South Dakota now allowed to amend their constitution to legalize sports betting, there has been very little momentum by lawmakers to consider any change.
Last year several bills were pre filed to allow the public to vote on sports betting however none passed let alone reviewed by the Senate or House of Representatives. This year there is another push to allow the public to vote.
Both the Senate and the Representative Houses are required to approve the constitution amendment to allow for a referendum on gambling to be held in November 2020. If the public vote in favor of legalization, the earliest that sports betting can be offered to the public is July 2021.
Of course, a lot of stars need to align in order for July 2021 to be achieved.
South Dakota Gambling
South Dakota has over thirty small casinos scattered throughout the state. However, more than half are concentrated in the city of Deadwood. The laws supposedly only allow for blackjack, slot machines and poker, however there are some that also offer roulette and craps. Technically the following are illegal – roulette, craps, keno, bingo and video poker. Gaming floors are all non smoking and players must be 21 or above.
Horse racing and betting is available in the state, held during summer time, but most popular during July and August.
Sports Bars are allowed to offer low stakes of up to $50 winnings on slots and pokers tournaments.
Illegal Gambling Operators
There are stiff penalties for illegal gambling operators, of up to $10,000 fine and potential for one year of jail sentence.
Illegal players, on the other hand, incur a slap on the wrist $50 fine. There is no jail sentence or other penalties.
South Dakota Casinos
Lady Luck Casino
2111 Dakota Ave S, Huron, South Dakota
Prairie Wind Casino & Hotel
112 Casino Dr, Oglala, South Dakota
Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel
16415 Sioux Conifer Rd, Watertown, South Dakota
Fort Randall Casino & Hotel
7011, 38538 SD-46, Lake Andes, South Dakota
777 Casino at the Holiday Inn Express
Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort
360 Main St, Deadwood, South Dakota
Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort
Deadwood Gulch Saloon
Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino
Deadwood Station Bunkhouse & Gambling Hall
First Gold Hotel & Gaming
Gold Dust Casino
Historic Bullock Hotel
Iron Horse Inn & Suites
Mineral Palace Casino
Mustang Sally’s Casino
Saloon #10 Casino
Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex
The Lodge at Deadwood Gaming Resort
Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort – Casino
Buglin’ Bull Restaurant and Sports Bar
511 Mt Rushmore Rd, Custer, South Dakota
Roof top bar with great outdoor seating. Looking out over the main road running though Custer.
Has local music, great team from bus boy, waitress to bar tender.
If you are looking for something different, then you need to come here and try the real outback food! The food is exquisite buffalo burger, elk burger, elk stew oatmeal stout (and other local craft beers), elk poop stout. Elk stew in honey oat bread bowl.
634 Main St, Deadwood, South Dakota
In the heart of Deadwood, casino’s recommend coming here.
South Dakota Online Sports Betting
Unbeknownst to many, online sports betting has been occurring for many years. South Dakota sports betting turnover for 2019 was $61 million, wagered via online sport betting sites. These online sport betting sites are offshore and are open accept US players.
Is this illegal?
It is a gray area. The current state laws do not clearly articulate whether gambling offshore online is illegal or not. Therefore, you will find many online sports books (and online casinos) accepting US players from states that have ambiguous gambling laws – South Dakota is one of those states.
Is it dangerous?
There are two aspects to this question.
Firstly, will you get caught or fined?
I highly doubt it. Till this day, there has been no precedence of anyone being charged with breaking the law for playing at offshore online sports betting books or offshore online casinos.
Secondly, are offshore sports betting books trustworthy and reliable?
Very much so. They have been operating in the market for many years and sports betting is a clear cut outcome (when compared to online casino games). It’s therefore extremely difficult to argue that an outcome of a sports bet is wrong.
How can I find an online Sports Book?
The most popular offshore sports book is Bovada. It is the largest and has a long standing history of operating a sports book for US citizens.
Do NOT place a bet at an unlicensed sports book operating offshore. Unlicensed sportsbooks may not be reliable. Although they may offer great Welcome Bonuses, their promise to pay any winnings may be empty. Keep with the trusted and big brand names.
How can I place a Sports Bet onshore?
It is illegal to run a sports book or place a sports bet within the borders of South Dakota. Other than placing a sports bet at an offshore online sports book the only other option is to travel interstate to where sports betting has been legalized.
Popular Sport Bets
- NFL – South Dakota has no NFL teams.
- NBA – South Dakota has no NBA basketball teams.
- MLB – South Dakota has no Major League Baseball teams.
- NHL – South Dakota has no NHL ice hockey teams.