BetMGM Enters Deadwood, South Dakota Sports Betting Market

BetMGM Enters Deadwood, South Dakota Sports Betting Market
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BetMGM is coming to South Dakota.

One of the leading names in the gaming industry announced a partnership with Liv Hospitality’s Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort and Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort. The deal will allow BetMGM to offer retail and mobile sports betting in Deadwood.

"Liv Hospitality's prime resort locations in Deadwood make it an ideal partner for us,” " BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt said in a media release. "Together, we look forward to bringing the BetMGM sports betting experience to South Dakota sports fans.”

Deadwood Ready For Sports Betting

Pending regulatory approval, the BetMGM mobile app will be available to customers inside both Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort and Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort starting in September. The mobile app will complement a retail BetMGM Sportsbook that will also feature kiosks and include counter betting.

"BetMGM is an outstanding organization that brings credibility to our new sports betting offerings,” Liv Hospitality CEO Caleb Arceneaux said in a release. “Visitors now have another reason to come to Deadwood, while enjoying the many other entertainment opportunities at our resorts."

Voters approved the Deadwood Sports Betting Legalization Amendment on Nov. 3, 2020, allowing the legislature to legalize sports wagering in the city, hoping for a boost to South Dakota gambling.

South Dakota Sports Betting on Track for September Launch

South Dakota residents visiting Deadwood may be able to place bets in time for the NFL season. Earlier this month, the Legislative Interim Rules Review Committee unanimously approved the South Dakota sports betting rules.

The next step will be for the South Dakota Commission on Gaming to approve sports wagering providers at the Sept. 8 meeting. If the providers are approved, sportsbooks in Deadwood could start taking bets for the NFL’s regular season debut between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 9.

Gov. Kristi Noem signed SB 44 into law on March 18. The law officially went into effect July 1. The state began taking license applications once sports betting was legal.

Even back in March, early September was the targeted launch date, according to the Deadwood Gaming Association Executive Director, Mike Rodman.

“We’re pushing to catch as much of the football season as we possibly can,” he said in March. “There’s been a lot of excitement. From the casino operators, I’ve had conversations with some of them, and I’m estimating that sports wagering will open with at least 10 properties here in Deadwood that will offer sports wagering. That will give us a healthy mix for patrons to go and place their sports wagers.”