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?”