South Dakota Sports Betting 2020

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Prior to the 1950s when South Dakota lawmakers decided to clamp down on gambling, the state was a hotbed of betting action.

Poker, dice, blackjack, and pretty much any other form of gambling went on in the Mount Rushmore State. 

These days, the gambling scene remains, but it is much more limited. There are dozens of land-based casinos, charitable gaming, the lottery, and horse race betting.

One form of gambling that’s conspicuously missing from that list is sports gambling. However, there will be a referendum in November that will determine whether South Dakota moves forwards with setting up sports betting.

South Dakota Online Sports Betting

Many other American states have legalized sports betting and online sports betting in the aftermath of PASPA being shot down and now online gambling in South Dakota might be progressing.

To the frustration of South Dakota online sports betting fans, their lawmakers haven’t jumped on the sports betting bandwagon–yet, that is. The pro-sports betting lobby is gaining momentum and there is a glimmer of hope as we enter 2020. 

There is a good chance the matter will go to the state’s residents for voting in 2020. If it passes, South Dakota’s casinos will be making room for online sportsbooks and racebooks. However, that wouldn’t mean we’d see legalized South Dakota online sports betting. The two are completely different beasts. South Dakota seems reluctant to give online sports betting its blessing.

The South Dakota sports betting public has very few options when it comes to placing sports wagers. They can take a long road trip to another state where sports gambling is legal, but that would be a lot of work. The most convenient option for sports bettors is placing their wagers at offshore bookmakers. 

The authorities might threaten the state’s residents with penalties for doing so. The fact is that nobody has ever actually received any punishment whatsoever. South Dakotan sports bettors just need to be cautious when they choose an offshore site. Fortunately, there are numerous reputable offshore bookmakers.

SD Sports Betting Rules

South Dakota online sports betting is unregulated and technically forbidden. Those who are employed at a South Dakota casino or gaming venue are strictly prohibited from placing any online wagers. It doesn’t matter if it’s at an offshore sportsbook or online casino. Penalties can be as high as $10,000 and/or up to a year in prison. Again, there are no records of any such penalty being handed down. 

Yes, it’s illegal to run a bookmaking operation in South Dakota. The authorities take that quite seriously. On the other hand, sports bettors are more or less free to place wagers at offshore sites. They just need to know that they aren’t as well protected as they would be if they gambled at a regulated South Dakota sportsbook. 

Of course, there are none. Yet. Those who want to sign up at an offshore site need to choose wisely. Make sure it’s licensed and regulated by a respected gambling authority such as the UK Gambling Commission, Malta Gaming Authority, or the Isle of Man.

SD Sportsbook Apps

Since there are no South Dakota online sportsbooks, there are no South Dakota sportsbooks apps. Sports bettors need to download an app from a reputable offshore bookmaker if they want to enjoy the convenience and thrill of mobile sports betting. 

Even though bookmakers in other states that have legalized sports betting offer apps, they are virtually useless to South Dakota online sports betting enthusiasts. Laws in those states require all bets to be placed while the bettor is physically in that state. The South Dakota sports betting scene will likely change. It’s just going to take a bit more time.

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