In our discussion of Amendment B, the Deadwood sports betting initiative, I mentioned that a Yes vote would allow our Lakota neighbors to take sports bets in their casinos as well. I also noted that the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce is remaining officially neutral on B since it “does not pertain to the greater Sioux Falls area.”
Au contraire, mes frères! Bob Mercer notes that the Deadwood Gaming Association is pitching Amendment B as an opportunity for non-reservation, non-Deadwood gambling houses to get a piece of the action, too:
During the legislative session, supporters of sports wagering said that non-tribal businesses outside Deadwood could take bets if the Legislature allowed them, provided the bets were placed remotely with Deadwood casinos.
Mike Rodman, executive director for the Deadwood Gaming Association, said Wednesday that the structure would be up to lawmakers.
“The 2021 Legislature will decide the rules surrounding sports wagering if the voters approve Amendment B. Deadwood is looking at sports wagering to drive additional visitors to Deadwood, but would not oppose the mobile options like those available in surrounding jurisdictions,” Rodman said [Bob Mercer, “Possibility That Deadwood Sports-Betting Could Reach Throughout South Dakota via Technology,” KELO-TV, 2020.10.28].
Boy oh boy—pass Amendment B, allow betting by wire and app, and I’ll bet the Deadwood Gaming Association would have free Internet to every corner of South Dakota by the end of 2021.