Once a gaming haven in the heady days of the state’s gold rushes of the late 19th and early 20th century, South Dakota is now a little more gambling restrictive than average mid-west states.
A land-based casino industry is concentrated in the town of Deadwood; however, few casinos exist outside this area. Casinos in South Dakota offer slot machines, video poker, table games and poker. Video lottery terminals (VLTs) in bars and taverns are operated by the South Dakota Lottery Commission.
Online betting options in South Dakota extend to horse racing wagering and Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS).
Lawmakers in South Dakota will need to overcome online gambling laws to eventually introduce online sports betting. Currently, South Dakota has state statutes making it a felony for any business involved in unlawful gambling to accept online wagers.