South Dakota Local residents approved sports betting in Deadwood by referendum last November.
What they also approved was the language, which created a mobile gap.
Whether bets are technically placed on a device or a server remains an unanswered legal question in federal law. SD bets must be placed legally at a Deadwood casino. However, this can be determined by leaving the mobile betting servers in the casino.
SB 44 introduced by the Trade and Energy Committee suggests exactly that:
Sports betting may only be conducted inside a licensed gaming establishment in the city of Deadwood. Any operator or route operator authorized by the Commission to conduct sports betting must install and maintain equipment approved by the Commission to ensure that all bets are placed inside a licensed gaming facility in the city of Deadwood.
It is also important to note that the “within the city of Deadwood” distinction does not apply to that of the state 11 tribal casinos. Under federal law, Indian casinos can offer all games that are approved by that state’s legislature on tribal land.
Unfortunately, legal SD sports betting could struggle to win dollars flowing into or near the illegal market Iowa this invoice should exist as written.
Market killing South Dakota sports betting bill detail
While adding mobile betting to the bill is a big plus, there is one flaw that prevents a truly open market.
The legislation demands personal registration in Deadwood, which is on the state’s western border. This is a problem for those across the massive state who want to legally participate in online sports betting.
Record a sports bettor Sioux Falls – a 5.5 hours Drive from Deadwood – for example. That bettor would likely keep betting in Iowa, which is just one 20 minutes Horse riding.
Iowa got easier too
Personal Iowa registration recently expired. That means anyone can bet with any sportsbook in the state with just a short drive across the border.
Other important details:
- It will only cost $ 2,000 annually for a sports betting license.
- No bets on South Dakota College Events.
- No prop bets that focus on a single college athlete’s performance.
The personal registration can change after the crossing
While there is no expiration date for personal registration like there is in Iowa or Illinois South Dakota could change its mind.
Rhode Island did just that last summer. Originally, the RI Sports Betting Act interpreted state law to require customers to register in person.
A later review found that the casino’s servers were sufficient to comply with the law. Since switching to JulySales and handling increased from month to year November.
A professional definition of sporting events can create confusion
A notable area of the bill is the definition for a professional sporting event:
“Professional Sports Event”: a sports event other than a minor league sports event in which two or more people participate and receive compensation in excess of their expenses for attending the event.
This type of language has caused problems in the past. Something PGA tour No events were available in Illinois due to a similar language.