Deadwood Legislators Pushing to Legalize Sports Betting in South Dakota

Deadwood-casinoIn the coming month, the South Dakota lawmakers will be asked to lead the way for legalized sports betting in the state.

Supporters that are constantly pushing for a constitutional amendment to proceed with sports betting in Deadwood’s casino establishment is asking for legislators to put the inquiry on the 2020 tally.

A number of states currently allow sports betting where others are considering it after a U.S. Supreme Court judgment in May removing the ban. The judgement overruled a government legislation which remove the ban of sports betting outside of Nevada. As a result, states can now decide whether they want to legalize sports betting.

Gaming experts, bar owners as well as those looking into South Dakota’s existing legalized betting, recognize that non-regulated sports betting is currently happening in the state. Advocates of regulated sports betting believe that South Dakota is losing out on prospective earnings at the same time.

” I was sitting at the bar at the Ramkota in Pierre and the guy next to me picked up his phone and made a bet on a football game,” claimed Larry Eliason, exec assistant of the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, the state company that manages all regulated and controlled betting tasks in the state. ” Of course, he didn’t know who I was.

Eliasion further mentioned ” so, we know people in South Dakota bet on sports through bookies now”.

” How much they bet and how many bookies there are, we don’t know. It’s difficult to accurately gauge the extent of any activity that’s illegal.”

Since 1989, South Dakota has been involved in legal gambling and 22 casino establishments are running in Deadwood. Gambling is legal in Deadwood as well as at tribal gambling establishments. However, like other numerous states, lottery is legal across the region.

The requested amendment would certainly broaden the meaning of gambling admitted at Deadwood’s casinos. The constitutional modification would certainly permit sports betting in tribal casino sites if authorized.

As requested, the step will generate a large return in gaming tax earnings to the city of Deadwood. The city currently earns an estimated amount of $6.8 million in income annually given that gaming was legislated in the state in 1989. The suggested change would certainly qualify the Deadwood division to grow as the economy of the state grows.

Online Sportsbooks such as Bovada and MyBookie would certainly approve this move as it will allow players from South Dakota to bet on the platform.

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