South Dakota has long been associated with gambling — think of the Deadwood saloons of the 1870s during the Black Hills Gold Rush.
The Mount Rushmore State hasn’t turned its back on that history: State laws allow for casino gaming, poker, a state lottery, bingo and pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing. And legislation being considered in 2019 would put an amendment to the state Constitution that would ask state voters to approve sports betting.
The state currently has two live horse racing venues – the Stanley County Fairgrounds in Fort Pierre and the Brown County Fairgrounds in Aberdeen – both of which offer short summer meetings for thoroughbreds and quarter horses. It also offers simulcast wagering at one location – the Triple Crown Casino in North Sioux City – according to the state Department of Revenue.
State lawmakers haven’t addressed advance deposit wagering, which enables residents to bet on horse racing via telephone and internet. But because state law authorizes pari-mutuel wagering most ADW providers offer services to South Dakota residents. Among them: AmWager.com; BetAmerica.com; Betptc.com; DRFBets.com; KeenelandSelect.com; NYRABets.com; Paribet.com; TVG.com; TwinSpires.com; and XpressBet.com.