Washington, South Dakota Taking Retail Bets in Time for NFL

Washington, South Dakota Taking Retail Bets in Time for NFL
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Both Washington and South Dakota will feature some sort of legalized sports betting in time for tonight’s NFL season opener between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys.

Sports wagering in each state is limited to certain areas — a far cry from a statewide online sports betting market — but at least gives certain residents the opportunity to take advantage of some form of legalized and regulated sports betting.

Washington and South Dakota managed to get through the proper legislation and regulatory requirements to be ready for regular-season NFL betting.

The two states join the Wyoming sports betting and Arizona sports betting markets in going live before the NFL season begins tonight.

Sports Betting in Deadwood is Live

South Dakotans can now place sports bets in the first legalized sports wagering market in the state.

On Wednesday, state regulators approved the state’s retail sports betting rules, allowing legal sports betting to take place in the city of Deadwood, and expanding South Dakota gambling.

Players in South Dakota will be eligible to place bets at the casinos within Deadwood city limits. They can put in wagers at betting windows, kiosks or on their mobile devices.

South Dakota will utilize the geolocation service provider, GeoComply, to enforce the city limits wagering rules. Players outside of Deadwood’s city limits can't place any bets.

Another key limitation on South Dakota sports betting is the ban on wagering on local sports teams. South Dakotans cannot place a bet on any in-state college teams, including South Dakota State University and South Dakota football and basketball. But residents can wager on college teams from other states.

In August, BetMGM announced it was entering the Deadwood market. BetMGM Sportsbook has a partnership with Liv Hospitality’s Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort and Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort and permits it to have retail and mobile sports betting in Deadwood.

First Washington Sportsbook Ready

One sportsbook in Washington will be ready to take bets on tonight’s NFL opener. Snoqualmie Casino CEO Stanford Le told the Seattle Times his venue was set to go live and begin taking bets at its sportsbook Thursday morning.

Snoqualmie is the first sportsbook to launch in the state as Washington gambling expands. The U.S. Department of the Interior approved nine in-state tribes for sports betting last week, while seven other tribal applications remain pending.

“The timing was just right, the fervor for football season,” Le told the Times. “This is making history. So having a natural time frame, the kickoff of the NFL season and the kickoff of our sportsbook and being the first in Washington all just made a lot of sense.”

Snoqualmie opened in time thanks to its quick work on navigating the licensing regulation requirements for hardware and software vendors, according to the article. That process was only started after the U.S. Department of the Interior approved sports betting compacts for the tribes on Sept. 1.

"You have to license the hardware and software before you can even implement it — bring it on the property,” Le told the Times. “So, once it’s brought on the property you have to test it and install it. You have to make sure the technicians that install it are actually licensed as well from a gaming standpoint. That’s how stringent the measures are here.”

Players at Snoqualmie can place wagers at any of the six kiosks around the casino, or at one of four betting windows. The facility doesn’t expect to offer on-site mobile wagering until the geofencing technology is installed and tested.

Snoqualmie's website, snocasino.com, features a Sports Betting 101 guide for players looking to get acclimated to sports wagering.

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