South Dakota Daily Fantasy
Like many states in the US, Daily Fantasy Sports games exist in something of a gray area in South Dakota. Though not officially legal, Attorney General Marty Jackley has assured that players will not be penalized for partaking in the games. Therefore, South Dakotans can enjoy their share of DFS without fear of punishment.
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Gambling Laws in South Dakota
South Dakota has an interesting, if somewhat confusing, relationship with gambling. For starters, there are ample land-based gambling options for prospective players. Betting on horse races is available via both track and simulcast, and there are a number of brick-and-mortar casinos dotted throughout the state that one can visit. While these casinos are permitted to host blackjack, poker and slot games, the law prevents them from hosting games of roulette, craps, keno and some other games. Certain bars are also permitted to host small stakes games, where maximum bets can run up to $50. The prevalence of gambling in the state can be traced all the way back to the gold rush of the mid-19th Century.
Despite this long history of gambling and the prevalence of gambling options, all forms of online gambling remain strictly illegal. While other laws governing gambling have loosened over time, regulations over online gambling remain firm and show no signs of changing any time soon.
South Dakota Sports Betting
Sports betting is one of the few forms of gambling which are completely outlawed in South Dakota. Although there was talk of the issue being brought to the state’s 2020 ballot, this was recently turned down by the South Dakota House State Affairs Committee. Executive Director of the Deadwood Gaming Association, Mike Rodman, is determined to have the bill approved and he, along with other backers, will be gathering signatures to have the bill placed on the ballot. Stay tuned for any updates.
South Dakota Casinos
There are plenty of casinos to choose from across the state of South Dakota. Thanks to its historical importance as a goldmining town, Deadwood is home to the bulk of the state’s gambling institutions. There are also a number of tribal casinos to choose from. However, online casinos remain illegal in South Dakota and there is no talk of this being amended any time soon.
South Dakota Poker
Poker fans in South Dakota can take their pick of casinos and even some bars and clubs when it comes to playing their game of choice. Sadly, however, online players will be left out of the fun. Online poker remains strictly prohibited in South Dakota, and there are no expected changes to legislation.
South Dakota Lottery
For a state that has maintained a fairly relaxed attitude towards gambling for well over a century, South Dakota was surprisingly late in regulating lotteries and founding an official state lottery. 1986 saw laws prohibiting lotteries reworked and the following year saw the establishment of the state lotto. That said, the purchase of lottery tickets online and the playing of online lotto games remains illegal in the state.
History of Gambling in South Dakota
As mentioned previously, the history of gambling in South Dakota can be traced all the way back to the rough and ready days of the goldrush. However, it wasn’t until the later decades of the 20th Century that many of the state’s gambling regulations were brought into effect.
|1986||Strict regulations on lotteries are reworked, allowing for a state lotto.|
|1987||The South Dakota lottery is officially founded.|
|1987||The Charitable Gaming Bill passes, allowing for bingo games in aid of good causes.|
|1989||The first regulated casinos open their doors.|
|1990||The introduction of racing simulcasts allows for off-track betting.|
|1993||The first tribal casinos open in the state.|
|2012||The maximum stake in casinos is raised to $1,000.|
South Dakota State Facts
South Dakota is home to one of the smallest populations of any US state and is also one of the least densely populated states. It officially became a state in 1889 and is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux tribes. It was a site of great activity in the late 19th Century when, thanks to the goldrush, European settlers arrived in droves.
|Biggest Offline Gambling Location||Royal River Casino & Hotel|
|Gambling Commissioner||South Dakota Commission on Gaming|
|Spoken Languages||English, Spanish, German, Dakota|
|Biggest Local Sports Team||South Dakota Coyotes|
|South Dakota Tax Authority||South Dakota Department of Revenue|
|Link to the State Law||https://dor.sd.gov/Gaming/Rules_and_Laws/|
|Gambling Winning Tax||9%|
|State Website Link||https://sd.gov/|
|Famous Local Gamblers||Wild Bill Hickok|
Gambling Age in South Dakota
As with many states in the US, South Dakota has two legal ages for gambling which relate to different forms of gambling. To place bets on live horse and dog races or simulcasts, you must be aged 18 or over. To play in any of the casinos in Deadwood or any of the tribal casinos, players must be aged 21 or older.
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Responsible Gambling and Addiction Prevention
For players in South Dakota who find themselves struggling with their gambling habits, there are a few options for getting help. The main state resource is the South Dakota Department of Social Service, which oversees all addiction services and treatments in the state. Alternatively, South Dakotans can contact the national problem gambling helpline on 1-800-522-4700.
Upcoming Regulation and Expected Changes
To date, there isn’t a great deal of change on the horizon. Though the latest bill to legalize sports betting was defeated by the South Dakota House State Affairs Committee, there are ongoing efforts to bring the bill to the ballot. However, the future of sports betting in the state remains uncertain. Be sure to check back to this page regularly for all updates on gambling laws in South Dakota.