South Dakota Sports Betting

Joey Shadeck

Each state has the power to legalize sports betting due to the Supreme Court overturning the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. This decision was made in May of 2018. Since then New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Mississippi, and New Mexico have all legalized sports betting to some extent. Another 30+ states have introduced some form of legislation to legalize sports betting, including South Dakota.

South Dakota is one of a handful of states with Constitutional amendments focused on legalizing sports betting. The Mount Rushmore State currently has an amendment working its way through Congress in an attempt to legalize sports betting.

Is Sports Betting Legal in South Dakota?

No. Sports betting is currently not legal in South Dakota. Current legislation is attempting to make its way to the ballot in November but keeps hitting roadblocks in Congress.

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What Would Legal Sports Betting Look Like in South Dakota?

South Dakota legislators introduced SJR 2 in January of 2019. SJR 2 is a constitutional amendment that would legalize sports betting at certain South Dakota casinos. The text of the amendment specifies that sports betting would be legal within the city limits of Deadwood. The proceeds from sports betting are slated to the restoration and preservation of the city of Deadwood.

Would the ammendment legalize online sports betting in South Dakota?

No, the amendment only allows sports betting at retail locations in the city of Deadwood.

Would the ammendment legalize online poker?

No, the amendment does not mention any forms of online gambling.

South Dakota Online Gambling FAQ

Aside from online sports betting, there other forms of gambling available to South Dakota residents.

Are daily fantasy sports legal in South Dakota?

Yes, Daily Fantasy Sports, such as FanDuel and DraftKings are legal in South Dakota.

Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, is a cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling. On a broad level, DFS contests are a subsection of fantasy sports. Players compete against their friends, or more often strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents. Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy sports by having contests that last for an evening or the weekend, as opposed to having the same team for months.

Are offshore sportsbooks legal in South Dakota?

No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in South Dakota. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of South Dakota as clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.

Does South Dakota have an online lottery?

No, South Dakota does not offer online games.

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Joey Shadeck

About the author: Joey Shadeck is a research analyst for He has been a sports fan all his life, football and basketball being his two favorites to watch. Joey remembers betting his mom that the Green Bay Packers would beat the Detroit Lions as early as elementary school. He has 5 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.

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