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Sports Wagering

Sports Wagering in South Dakota

Statement for Constitutional Amendment B Passing

DEADWOOD, S.D. (11/03/2020) –We want to thank the voters of South Dakota for their support of Deadwood, not only today but for the last thirty years. Giving Deadwood the tools it needs to stay competitive nationally as an integrated gaming destination with legal sports wagering is greatly appreciated.

Deadwood will continue to uphold its promises to the people of South Dakota as great partners with South Dakota Departments of Tourism and Historic Preservation, along with our contributions to Deadwood Historic Preservation, Lawrence County, and area school districts and municipalities through gaming revenue taxes.

We look forward to working with the legislature and the Governor to implement the voters’ wishes for legal sports wagering and hope to be accepting sports wagers by July 1st, 2021.

Thank you again for your support of Deadwood and tribal gaming with your vote today.


Mike Rodman
Executive Director
Yes on B Committee
PO Box 354
Deadwood, SD 57732


The Facts about Amendment B – Sports Wagering

  • Until May of 2018 when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the federal sports betting ban, Nevada was the only state that offered legal, regulated single-game betting on both college and professional sports. Now, each state and sovereign tribal nation has the opportunity to set their own policy and legalize and regulate sports betting.
  • Studies show South Dakotans prefer to place their sports wagers in a safe, regulated, legal environment, when allowed to do so.
  • Deadwood needs to continue to be a competitive gaming destination, providing the same gaming offerings as surrounding gaming jurisdictions.
  • Iowa began sports wagering in August of 2019, Montana began in March of 2020 and Colorado began in May of 2020.
  • According to the American Gaming Association, as of June 30th, sports wagering is live and legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia, legal but not yet active in 4 more states and another 8 states have active legislation to legalize it.
  • According to an Oxford Economics study, commissioned by the AGA, sports wagering in South Dakota will provide:
    • 22.1 million in additional gaming revenue
    • 2.2 million in additional gaming taxes
    • 152 direct gaming jobs with
    • 6.1 million in additional income

We ask you to please vote YES ON AMENDMENT B!

Additional Information about Sports Wagering

The Basics of Sports Betting

Where is Sports Betting Legal in the U.S.?

Economic Impacts of Legalized Sports Betting

Top 8 Facts About Sports Wagering in South Dakota

1. The Deadwood Gaming Association is asking the legislature to place Sports Wagering on the ballot for voters of South Dakota to decide if they want safe, regulated sports betting available to them.

2. If approved, the South Dakota Legislature will decide the manner of implementing sports wagering in South Dakota.

3. Sports wagering is an additional game type.

4. We must compete with surrounding gaming jurisdictions’ offerings. Sports wagering is doing extremely well in Iowa, and it will be starting in March in Montana and in May in Colorado.

5. According to the American Gaming Association, 18 states and the District of Columbia currently have legal sports wagering, with 4 states having already authorized sports wagering, while another 7 states have active legislation on sports wagering.

6. Sports wagering is currently happening in South Dakota ILLEGALLY! When given the option, we believe South Dakotans want to place their sports wagers in a safe, legal and regulated environment.

7. Deadwood gaming just celebrated our 30th Anniversary this year. Our success has been tied to keeping our promises with the voters of South Dakota and creating a fun, safe gaming destination for them to enjoy.

8. The people of South Dakota should have the opportunity to decide if they want legal sports wagering.

How do voters feel about Sports Wagering?

CLICK HERE to view the American Gaming Association’s survey results.

New Study Finds Sports Bettors Abandoning Bookies for Legal Market

AGA Survey Affirms Demand for Legal Sports Betting, Highlights Need for Consumer Education
Press Release

JULY 21, 2020

WASHINGTON – New American Gaming Association (AGA) research shows consumers are moving their business away from illegal bookies and toward legal options. Average spending with illegal bookies fell 25 percent in legal sports betting states last year, while legal online and mobile betting spend increased 12 percent. Illegal offshore operators also saw a three percent increase in states with legal sports betting.

The most influential factors for bettors who had shifted from the illegal to legal market are confidence that bets will be paid out (25%), awareness of legal options (20%), and a desire to use a regulated book (19%).

“We’ve known for a long time that Americans like to bet on sports. This research affirms their interest in moving toward the protections of the legal market,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. “Giving consumers convenient alternatives to the illegal market, like regulated mobile offerings and competitive odds, is key for getting bettors to switch to legal channels.”

Bettors overwhelmingly prefer legal operators, with 74 percent saying it is important to only bet through legal providers. Despite this, 52 percent of sports bettors participated in the illegal market in 2019. The study found that illegal sports betting is driven largely by confusion about online operators. More than half (55%) of consumers who placed most of their wagers with illegal operators believed they bet legally.

“Illegal, offshore operators continue to take advantage of unknowing consumers,” continued Miller. “This only worsened during the sports shutdown, with unregulated bookmakers offering odds on everything from the weather and shark migration patterns to whether your friends’ marriage will survive the pandemic. The AGA is focused on educating customers on how to wager legally and the dangers of the illegal market, especially with the return of the MLB and NBA this month.”

To help educate bettors, the AGA’s interactive sports betting map includes a comprehensive directory of licensed online and retail sportsbooks in states where sports betting is legal. In addition, the AGA is actively collaborating with federal and state law enforcement to enhance our collective understanding of the illegal marketplace; engaging publishers and media to ensure their platforms do not promote the illegal marketplace; and educating the public about the dangers associated with illegal sports betting operators.

As states continue to consider legalizing sports betting, AGA’s newly updated sports betting principles encourage policymakers to build regulatory frameworks that protect customers, ensure robust oversight, create a competitive environment, and promote customer convenience.


  • Eighteen states plus the District of Columbia now offer legal, regulated sports betting, with four more states poised to open legal markets in the coming months.
  • Before the COVID-19 shutdown, 2020 looked set to become another record-breaking year with $3.5 billion legally wagered in January and February, up from $1.9 billion the same time last year.
  • Legal sports betting is available to 22.4 million more American adults than before the COVID-19 pandemic, as Illinois, Michigan, Montana, Colorado, and Washington, D.C. have all gone live since mid-March.
  • Americans have legally wagered more than $22 billion on sports nationwide since the Supreme Court overturned PASPA, generating upwards of $198 million in tax revenue to state and local governments.
  • In March 2019, the AGA released a first-of-its-kind study on the sports betting consumer.
  • The AGA’s Have A Game Plan™, Bet Responsibly public service campaign encourages responsible sports betting behavior, including using licensed, regulated operators.

Heart + Mind Strategies conducted this survey on behalf of the AGA between December 2019 and January 2020. The survey includes 3,451 interviews among American adults over 21-years-old of various subgroups.

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