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South Dakota Sports Betting

Want to know all about sports betting in South Dakota? You’re in the right place. Limited legal gambling launched in the Mount Rushmore State in late 2021, allowing residents to bet at a number of locations in Deadwood. Want to know more? We’ve got all the information you need below.

Legality of Gambling in South Dakota

Since the repeal of PASPA in 2018, a large number of states have moved to legalize sports betting. South Dakota was one of these — residents voted in favour of doing so via Amendment B in 2019, with Governor Kristi Noem signing a sports betting bill into law in March 2021. Sports betting finally went live in September later that year, although only in the city of Deadwood and at various Native American casinos found on tribal land.

As it stands, online gambling including sports betting remains illegal in South Dakota. A previous resolution that proposed an amendment to legalize online sports betting was shot down by a legislative committee in February 2022, so any real change in the short term seems unlikely. There’s also a maximum bet of $1,000 enforced in commercial casinos. While online gambling is prohibited, it is possible to bet on your mobile, provided you’re on the premises of a retail casino.

Of course, there’s the possibility we will see online sports betting legalized in South Dakota in the future — many proponents believe there’s a large amount of money to be raised in taxes through doing so, although others remain opposed due to the perceived societal harm legalization could cause. In any case, we’ll keep you up to date with all the latest changes at!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is sports betting legal in South Dakota?

Yes, but you can only do so at tribal casinos or commercial casinos located in Deadwood. Online sports betting is still illegal, however mobile sports betting is possible, provided you’re on casino premises.

Is lottery legal in South Dakota?

Yes. The South Dakota Lottery is a government-run lottery launched in 1986. Players can buy tickets for draws including Lucky for Life, Powerball, and Mega Millions.

Are casinos legal in South Dakota?

Yes, but only on tribal lands or in the city of Deadwood. Online casino gaming is currently illegal in South Dakota.