South Dakota won’t have legal sports betting until at least the middle of year 2020. And that’s only if South Dakota voters supporting sports betting can gain enough signatures to get legislation proposed for the 2020 ballot.
Since the Supreme Court decision on May 14, 2018 struck down the federal ban on sports betting (PASPA), states have been proposing legislation to legalize sports betting. Midway through 2019, and there are eight states with legal sports betting and 10 more states pending launch with legislation approval
South Dakota’s hopes of potential sports betting on football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, boxing, UFC and other sports will be determined in the 2020 legislative session.
There are 11 tribal casinos in South Dakota, and any measure that is ultimately passed would likely allow sports wagering at those locations.
The legal age for gambling in South Dakota is 21.
Legislation Updates on Sports Betting in South Dakota
Senate Bill SJR 2 was proposed in early 2019 and asked voters to legalize sports betting in Deadwood. It would limit sports betting to casinos in Deadwood and not include any mobile sports wagering. But the House State Affairs Committee did not endorse SJR 2 by a 7-3 vote.
Governor Noem does not wish to expand gambling in South Dakota. Supporters of sports betting will need to gather 33,921 signatures from registered South Dakota voters and submit them to the secretary of state by Nov. 5, 2019 to make the 2020 ballot.