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Get Ready to Bet on the Twins in Deadwood July 1: Gaming Commission Approves Rules

South Dakota voters approved all sorts of sin—pot and gambling!—last November. While the former languishes in the Supreme Court, the latter is racing ahead, as the South Dakota Gaming Commission is happily approving rules for sports betting in Deadwood:

The South Dakota Commission on Gaming unanimously approved a variety of proposed rules after a virtual public hearing Tuesday, including some for licensing providers of sports wagering on the premises of Deadwood casinos.

The commission will need additional rules before sports wagering can start sometime after July 1. “We’re on track to get sports wagering rolling as quickly as we can,” commission attorney Mike Shaw said.

…Sports wagering license applications will be available on the commission’s website Friday, May 20, deputy executive secretary Craig Sparrow said, and the commission will start accepting them July 1 when the law takes effect [Bob Mercer, “Commission OKs Some of Rules That Deadwood Casinos Will Need for Offering Sports Wagering,” KELO-TV, 2021.05.18].

Under the new rules, casinos will need to pay $5,000 for a sports betting license. Employees of licensed sports bet-takers cannot place bets with their employer, just as employees of casinos, manufacturers, and distributors of gaming devices can’t play their own machines.

The Gaming Commission added live sports betting windows and kiosks to the gambling areas that must have video surveillance. But the Gaming Commission also struck the rule requiring that casino surveillance systems include VHS recorders.


  1. Mark Anderson 2021-05-19

    I’ll bet Nadal wins the French. Any takers?

  2. Dicta 2021-05-19

    I mean, not exactly a risky bet thinking Nadal is going to win on clay, lol.

  3. Mark Anderson 2021-05-19

    I know Dicta, but I thought maybe, just maybe some of the losing conned might want to. If it was for real money, put a 20 on Medvedev, he’s been horrible on clay but made it to two finals and lost to Nadal and Djokovic, his odds are enormous but he’s a great player.

  4. Porter Lansing 2021-05-19

    If you put $100 against the Twins, on every game so far, you’d be up $1400.

    Ahem, South Dakota gaming commission and legislature.

    Every sportsbook I have an account with prohibits any customer who’s an employee of any other sportsbook or casino, whether it’s their house or the competitions house, to place wagers.

    But, as I’ve said, unless SD allows sports betting on your personal phone or device, it won’t reach it’s potential … which is much greater than even marijuana sales.

  5. Porter Lansing 2021-05-19

    I did a quick check on my phone for you friends, Mark and Dicta.

    Nadal is -120 to win the French Open. (i.e. – that means you have to bet $120 to win $100 or any multiple thereof.)

    Djokovic is +325, which means if you bet $100 you get your hundred back and win $325 more.

    See? Sports betting is something you do at home. Going up to Deadwood to bet $5.00 on a Twins game is a bit too much to ask.

  6. Porter Lansing 2021-05-19

    @Mark … Medvedev’s odds are +4000. A $20 bill would return $8K.

    I’d say, send me $20 bucks and I’ll put it down for you … but that would be illegal. Just like the frequent commenter on this blog who asked me to send him some marijuana. No No No… only grudz’s friends do that kind of stuff. #grins

  7. Porter Lansing 2021-05-19

    Although, in conclusion, sports betting the way it’s done in Colorado and all the other legal states isn’t right for South Dakota.

    It’s too much freedom and too much fun.

    You see, SD runs on the premise of “Obtaining enjoyment by denying yourself enjoyment.”
    It’s the German way.

    The “real” fun is in reveling in your personal discipline to just say no to fun opportunities like getting high on pot, on a Saturday night or betting $5.00 on the Vikings/Packers game.

  8. Edwin Arndt 2021-05-19

    Oh, those damn germans.

  9. grudznick 2021-05-19

    grudznick sounds like a German name, but I don’t think it is.

  10. Porter Lansing 2021-05-19

    grudznick is as Irish as that leprechaun that lives in the men’s room at the stadium lol

  11. Mark Anderson 2021-05-20

    Porter, put down a 20 for yourself, those odds are great.

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