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Casinos Having Trouble Obeying Limits on Sports Bets

Forget nice things; we can barely have sketchy things!

Thanks to the voters’ approval of Amendment B in 2020, Deadwood was able to open sports betting this September. But already, the South Dakota Gaming Commission is having to dish out penalties on casinos who can’t follow the rules:

The alleged violations include accepting sports bets that exceeded the $1,000 maximum set in state law and accepting types of sports bets that the commission hasn’t allowed.

Internet Sports International allegedly accepted a $1,550 bet at Gold Dust-777 on an NFL football game.

B.Y. Development, doing business as Cadillac Jack’s, allegedly accepted bets of $3,000 and $1,300 on NFL football games.

BetMGM, doing business at Tin Lizzie, allegedly accepted bets of $3,000; $1,500; and $1,300 on three NFL football games.

And Deadwood Mountain Grand, through a system set up by IGT, allegedly accepted seven illegal “futures” bets on World Series baseball games [Bob Mercer, “Sports-Bet Violations Reported in Deadwood,” KELO-TV, 2021.12.10].

First, there are really people who have more than a thousand dollars to throw away on sports bets?

Second… casinos! You wanted sports betting! You wrote Amendment B and helped the Legislature and the Gaming Commission write the rules! And now you can’t follow your own rules?

The casinos should certainly face penalties from the Gaming Commission for these early infractions, to make clear to them that we expect them to exercise their privilege within legal boundaries. But maybe they should also face some penalty in the lobbies of the Capitol: the next time the big Deadwood casino operators come asking for favors, legislators should ask, “Can we trust you to not to abuse more favors when you can’t even conduct your sports betting correctly?”


  1. Porter Lansing 2021-12-10

    Follow Me Here … there’s a limit on how much you can bet but there’s no limit on how many bets you can make. You just go to a different sportsbook.

    In CO you can only buy an ounce of weed but you and buy an ounce of weed ten times. You just go to a different dispensary.

  2. larry kurtz 2021-12-11

    My own obsession with poker and power wiped out a career and destroyed at least two of my marriages so i haven’t played for nearly a decade. Going into a restaurant where poker is on teevee causes my mind to replay images of the past and renders me unable to take my eyes off the screen. When i was still playing Ricky Jacobsen, Chuck Baumann and Jeanette something took their own lives after losing everything in Deadwood’s poker games. No doubt there have been others.

    Despite lies from SDGOP video lootery, payday loan sharks, domestic violence and homelessness are inextricably linked putting children at risk to more catastrophic consequences far more often than has happened in states that have legalized or lessened penalties for casual use of cannabis.

    There is a better way to reverse red state collapse than the all-consuming addiction to gambling.

  3. Porter Lansing 2021-12-11

    Larry …
    It wasn’t the poker.
    Poker is just a game.
    It was your and the people you knew who “bridge jumped” personal lack of self control.
    That’s the psychology of gambling.
    That’s what the house knows and uses to manipulate and exploit those with insufficient levels of it.
    When the player analyzes the “house” properly, the player becomes the manipulator of his/her own outcome.
    But, you know this, Amigo.

  4. Mark Anderson 2021-12-11

    Well in most states it’s the tribes who are making the betting pay off. Florida just made a deal with them. We took the drive back from Miami on 41, Tamiami trail. The tribe along the way is doing very well. It’s nice to see the reversal.

  5. Porter Lansing 2021-12-11

    @ Mark – Who’s the only tribe that never signed a peace treaty with USA?

    The Seminole. Calvary came to the swamp to cut ’em down. Snakes, gators, and disease made the Yanks turn tail and run. “They ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles. They ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn’t go. Ran so fast that the hounds couldn’t catch ’em. Down the Tamiami to the Gulf of Mexico.”
    I know this because I was born in Seminole County, Flaw-Dah. :)

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