South Dakota dismisses sports betting expansion

Sports betting is only legal in Deadwood.
Sports betting is only legal in Deadwood.

HB 1211 has failed to make it past South Dakota’s House State Affairs Committee.

US.- South Dakota has rejected a proposal to expand sports betting in the state.

Representative Mark Willadsen‘s HB 1211, which would allow establishments that hold a liquor license to offer sports betting, was shot down in the House State Affairs Committee by nine votes to four.  

The legislation would have allowed bars, restaurants and other establishments which hold a liquor license to accept bets on sporting events on behalf of one of the casinos located in Deadwood.

David Wiest, a deputy secretary who opposed the bill, said: “We believe that it is clear that the phrase quote ‘within the city limits of Deadwood’ unquote means that you must physically be in Deadwood to play limited card games, slot machines, roulette, keno or craps, or to place a wager on a sporting event.”

In the 2020 November ballot, 58.5 per cent of voters in South Dakota opted to legalise sports betting in the city of Deadwood, the only territory in the state which offers legal gambling.

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