South Dakota Mobile Sports Betting Dies While North Dakota Advances with iGaming

Despite both of these states being known collectively as the Dakotas, the North and South divide is clearly in place for a reason. Opinions in each state clearly differentiate on numerous things, including the gambling scene.

Back in November of 2020, residents of South Dakota were asked if they would be happy for legal sports betting opportunities to be introduced to Deadwood casinos. With 58% of residents agreeing to it, the ballot referendum passed, leaving lawmakers to create regulations surrounding the governance of it. All net municipal proceeds would be dedicated to the Deadwood Historic Restoration and Preservation Fund.

One of the issues that needed to be worked out was whether mobile sports betting would be introduced alongside that within the Deadwood casinos. However, laws are suggesting that only wagers placed in the casinos are considered legal, meaning that mobile betting will not be available to South Dakota’s citizens.

North Dakota proceeded with the legalization of online gambling

While lawmakers may have denied South Dakota of mobile betting possibilities, North Dakota proceeded onwards with the legalization of online gambling. This would include both mobile sports betting and interactive poker options. The official statement from the House of Representatives said:

“The North Dakota House of Representatives yesterday passed two resolutions that would ask voters in November of 2022 if they wish to legalize sports betting and internet poker. Since North Dakota has no commercial casinos, the gambling activities would be conducted fully online.”

Rep. Him Kasper (R-Fargo) has been trying to get online poker legalized in North Dakota for over 15 years now, and he celebrated the recent decision of the House. The resolutions will now head to the Senate. Republicans in North Dakota hold a strong majority in both chambers.

And even though South Dakota won’t be introducing sports betting to mobile gamblers, it is coming to Deadwood’s casinos. SB44 was approved by the Senate earlier on in February, and this was supported by the Deadwood Gaming Association, too. The statute will be reviewed by the House State Affairs Committee before the end of the month.