Updated: May 10th, 2021

South Dakota Online Gambling & Casinos

Updated: May 10th, 2021

South Dakota residents voted to expand their gambling options by approving a sports betting referendum in November 2020. The vote paves the way for sportsbooks in Deadwood and at Native American casinos, with late 2021 a potential target date for legal sports betting to become a reality after Gov. Kristi Noem signed a sports betting bill into law on March 23, 2021.

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Is Online Gambling Legal in South Dakota?

All forms of online gambling in the state are prohibited with the exception of pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing platforms such as TVG and TwinSpires. Online sports betting in on the way through Deadwood casinos later in 2021.

Social casinos are legal and can be accessed on the Internet or through online apps. Sites such as Chumba, LuckyLand and WinStar offer free slots and table games for prizes or entertainment, with no real money changing hands.

Playing for real money at offshore-based online casinos and offshore sports betting sites is not recommended. The sites attempt to circumvent state and federal laws, provide no regulation and should be avoided.

Will South Dakota Legalize Online Gambling?

Legalizing online casinos is not a priority. Neither the state nor the tribes have expressed serious interest.

Online sports betting is another matter. Voters approved a referendum to allow legal sportsbooks at brick-and-mortar casinos in Deadwood. Sports betting in South Dakota will be permitted only at Deadwood casinos for now. Players can wager at sports betting windows, kiosks or through a mobile app inside the casinos. The state’s tribes will also have a say, since any form of gaming authorized by the state must also be permitted at tribal casinos, according to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Land-Based Casinos in South Dakota

Nearly two dozen commercial casinos are located in Deadwood, in addition to tribal casinos across the state. Casinos are permitted to offer slot machines, poker and a variety of table games. State law caps the maximum wager at $1,000 — a significant increase from the $5 maximum set when casinos were legalized in 1989. The maximum bet was raised to $100 in 2000, and to $1,000 in 2012.

Here is a look at South Dakota’s Deadwood and tribal casinos. Operating hours and available games subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Deadwood Casinos

CasinoCityAddressHours of Operation
Buffalo Bodega Casino Deadwood 658 Main Street Sun-Thu 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
Bullock Hotel Casino Deadwood 68 Main Street 24 hours
Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort Deadwood 360 Main Street 24 hours
Celebrity Hotel Casino Deadwood 629 Main Street 24 hours
Deadwood Mountain Grand Deadwood 1906 Deadwood Mountain Drive 24 hours
Deadwood Saloon No. 10 Deadwood 657 Main Street 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
First Gold Gaming Resort Deadwood 270 Main Street 24 hours
Gold Country Inn and Gambling Hall Deadwood 801 Main Street 24 hours
Gold Dust Casino & Hotel Deadwood 688 Main Street 24 hours
Hickok’s Hotel and Gaming Deadwood 685 Main Street 24 hours
Iron Horse Inn Deadwood 27 Deadwood Street 24 hours
Lodge at Deadwood Deadwood 100 Pine Crest Lane 24 hours
Lucky 8 Casino Deadwood 196 Cliff Street 24 hours
Midnight Star Casino Deadwood 677 Main Street Sun-Thu 10 a.m.- midnight; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-3 a.m.
Mineral Palace Hotel & Gaming Deadwood 601 Main Street 24 hours
Mustang Sally’s Deadwood 634 Main Street Sun-Thu 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m.
Silverado Casino Deadwood 709 Main Street 24 hours
Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort Deadwood 555 Main Street 24 hours
Wooden Nickel Casino Deadwood 9 Lee Street Sun-Thu 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Buffalo Bodega Casino

Address: 658 Main Street, Deadwood

Website: www.buffalobodega.com

Hours of operation: Sun-Thu 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

Gaming options: More than 70 gaming machines.

Bullock Hotel Casino

Address: 68 Main Street, Deadwood

Website: www.historicbullock.com

Hours of operation: Open 24 hours

Gaming options: More than 60 gaming machines.

Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort

Address: 360 Main Street, Deadwood

Website: www.cadillacjacksgaming.com

Hours of operation: Open 24 hours

Gaming options: More than 240 gaming machines, blackjack, craps, roulette, poker room.

Celebrity Hotel Casino

Address: 629 Main Street, Deadwood

Website: www.celebrityhotel.com

Hours of operation: Open 24 hours

Gaming options: More than 100 gaming machines, blackjack.

Deadwood Mountain Grand

Address: 1906 Deadwood Mountain Drive, Deadwood

Website: www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com

Hours of operation: Open 24 hours

Gaming options: More than 200 gaming machines, blackjack, craps, roulette.

Deadwood Saloon No. 10

Address: 657 Main Street, Deadwood

Website: www.saloon10.com

Hours of operation: 9 a.m.-2 a.m.

Gaming options: More than 60 gaming machines, blackjack, poker room.

First Gold Gaming Resort

Address: 270 Main Street, Deadwood

Website: www.firstgold.com

Hours of operation: Open 24 hours

Gaming options: More than 275 gaming machines, blackjack.

Gold Country Inn and Gambling Hall

Address: 801 Main Street, Deadwood

Website: www.goldcountrydeadwood.com

Hours of operation: 6:30 a.m.-midnight

Gaming options: 30 gaming machines.

Gold Dust Casino & Hotel

Address: 688 Main Street, Deadwood

Website: www.golddustdeadwood.com

Hours of operation: Open 24 hours

Gaming options: More than 200 gaming machines, blackjack, roulette.

Hickok’s Hotel and Gaming

Address: 685 Main Street, Deadwood

Website: www.hickoks.com

Hours of operation: Open 24 hours

Gaming options: More than 50 gaming machines.

Iron Horse Inn

Address: 27 Deadwood Street, Deadwood

Website: www.ironhorseinndeadwood.com

Hours of operation: Open 24 hours

Gaming options: 23 gaming machines.

Lodge at Deadwood

Address: 100 Pine Crest Lane, Deadwood

Website: www.deadwoodlodge.com

Hours of operation: Open 24 hours

Gaming options: More than 280 gaming machines, blackjack.

Lucky 8 Casino

Address: 196 Cliff Street, Deadwood

Website: www.wyndhamhotels.com/super-8/deadwood-south-dakota/super-8-deadwood/overview

Hours of operation: Open 24 hours

Gaming options: 60 gaming machines.

Midnight Star Casino

Address: 677 Main Street, Deadwood

Website: www.themidnightstar.com

Hours of operation: Sun-Thu 10 a.m.- midnight; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-3 a.m.

Gaming options: More than 50 gaming machines, blackjack, roulette.

Mineral Palace Hotel & Gaming

Address: 601 Main Street, Deadwood

Website: www.mineralpalace.com

Hours of operation: Open 24 hours

Gaming options: More than 320 gaming machines, blackjack, roulette.

Mustang Sally’s

Address: 634 Main Street, Deadwood

Website: www.mustangsallys.biz

Hours of operation: Sun-Thu 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m.

Gaming options: 30 gaming machines.

Silverado Casino

Address: 709 Main Street, Deadwood

Website: www.silveradofranklin.com

Hours of operation: Open 24 hours

Gaming options: More than 360 gaming machines, blackjack, roulette, poker room.

Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort

Address: 555 Main Street, Deadwood

Website: www.tinlizzie.com

Hours of operation: Open 24 hours

Gaming options: More than 220 gaming machines, blackjack, craps, roulette.

Wooden Nickel Casino

Address: 9 Lee Street, Deadwood

Website: www.facebook.com/woodennickeldeadwoodsouthdakota

Hours of operation: Sun-Thu 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Gaming options: 80 gaming machines.


Tribal Casinos

CasinoCityAddressHours of Operation
Dakota Connection Casino Sisseton 46102 Highway 10 Sun-Thu 10 a.m.-midnight; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel Watertown 16415 Sioux Conifer Road Sun-Thu 8 a.m.-3 a.m.; Fri-Sat 8 a.m.-5 a.m.
Fort Randall Casino & Hotel Pickstown 38538 East Highway 46 24 hours
Golden Buffalo Casino Lower Brule 321 Sitting Bull Street 10 a.m.-midnight
Grand River Casino and Resort Mobridge 2 US Highway 12 7 a.m.-midnight
Lode Star Casino Fort Thompson 1003 Highway 47 Sun-Thu 7 a.m.-2 a.m.; Fri-Sat 7 a.m.-4 a.m.
Prairie Wind Casino & Hotel Oglala 112 Casino Drive 24 hours
Rosebud Casino Valentine, NE 30421 Highway 83 24 hours
Royal River Casino Flandreau 607 South Veterans Street 10 a.m.-4 a.m.

Dakota Connection Casino

Address: 46102 Highway 10, Sisseton

Website: www.dakotaconnection.com

Hours of operation: Sun-Thu 10 a.m.-midnight; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

Gaming options: Nearly 200 gaming machines, bingo. Located in northeast corner of state near North Dakota border.

Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel

Address: 16415 Sioux Conifer Road, Watertown

Website: www.dakotasioux.com

Hours of operation: Sun-Thu 8 a.m.-3 a.m.; Fri-Sat 8 a.m.-5 a.m.

Gaming options: More than 200 gaming machines, blackjack, poker room. Located about 100 miles north of Sioux Falls.

Fort Randall Casino & Hotel

Address: 38538 East Highway 46, Pickstown

Website: www.fortrandallcasino.com

Hours of operation: Open 24 hours

Gaming options: More than 350 gaming machines, blackjack, poker room, bingo. Located 30 miles north of Nebraska border.

Golden Buffalo Casino

Address: 321 Sitting Bull Street, Lower Brule

Website: www.thegoldenbuffalocasino.com

Hours of operation: 10 a.m.-midnight

Gaming options: More than 200 gaming machines. Located 60 miles southeast of Pierre.

Grand River Casino and Resort

Address: 2 US Highway 12, Mobridge

Website: www.grandrivercasino.com

Hours of operation: 7 a.m.-midnight

Gaming options: More than 250 gaming machines, blackjack, poker room. Located in north central portion of state.

Lode Star Casino

Address: 1003 Highway 47, Fort Thompson

Website: www.lodestarcasino.com

Hours of operation: Sun-Thu 7 a.m.-2 a.m.; Fri-Sat 7 a.m.-4 a.m.

Gaming options: More than 200 gaming machines, blackjack, poker room. Located 14 miles east of Golden Buffalo Casino.

Prairie Wind Casino & Hotel

Address: 112 Casino Drive, Oglala

Website: www.prairiewindcasino.com

Hours of operation: Open 24 hours

Gaming options: More than 380 gaming machines, blackjack, craps, roulette. Located about 70 miles southeast of Rapid City.

Rosebud Casino

Address: 30421 Highway 83, Valentine, NE

Website: www.rosebudcasino.com

Hours of operation: Open 24 hours

Gaming options: 250 gaming machines, blackjack, bingo. Located near South Dakota/Nebraska state line.

Royal River Casino

Address: 607 South Veterans Street, Flandreau

Website: www.royalrivercasino.com

Hours of operation: 10 a.m.-4 a.m.

Gaming options: More than 400 gaming machines, blackjack, roulette, located 45 minutes north of Sioux Falls.


Which South Dakota Casinos Will Offer Online Casino Gambling?

There are no plans for any South Dakota commercial or tribal casinos to offer online casino gambling. South Dakota residents can play online at social casinos, which offer free online slots, poker and table games in which players can win prizes.

Mobile Casino Apps in South Dakota

If and when South Dakota approves online casino gambling, mobile casino apps will be an integral part of the rollout process.

The apps launched by online casino operators would allow a South Dakota player to place wagers on a mobile device 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from anywhere inside the state. The apps are free to download, compatible with both Apple or Android operating systems and available on the casino websites or through the App Store.

Expected Online Games to Launch in South Dakota

Among the games launched in states that allow online gambling:

Lottery: South Dakota regulations do not permit the sale of lottery tickets online. The South Dakota Lottery does have a mobile app which allows users to scan tickets and access information about jackpots and promotions.

Online Slots: Most of the slot machines at your favorite casino are available online, including games with progressive jackpots. Players can choose lower betting limits and easily switch between online casinos.

Online Poker: Texas Hold’em cash games and tournament play are available in several states. Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware share online poker player pools, increasing the number of available players on poker sites in those states.

Roulette: The online version uses a random number generator instead of a physical wheel. Choose the variation (European, French, American, etc.) you prefer.

Online Blackjack: The most popular table game offers lower minimum bets online, several variations (Blackjack Switch, Spanish 21, etc.) and no waiting for a table.

Live Dealer: To add a social element, some states offer a variety of live dealer table games. An actual person deals the game from a remote studio, with the action streamed to your computer or mobile device. Players can chat with the dealer and other players at the table.

How to Deposit and Withdraw from SD Gambling Sites

Below are the most common payment options in states that allow online casino gambling. Deposits are often immediate, withdrawals generally take longer.

Credit/debit card: Most utilized deposit option. Some financial institutions may not process gambling transactions as a matter of policy, though that number continues to decline. Withdrawals via credit card are generally not permitted.

E-wallets: Popular accounts such as PayPal and Neteller are easy to set up and allow players to move money between accounts for low fees. Convenient for deposits and withdrawals.

Play+/Prepaid cards: Play+ was created for this purpose and is a breeze to use. You can fund your Play+ card with a credit card or bank account, then use the card to both deposit and withdraw you’re your online casino account. Funds can be accessed from the Play+ card at an ATM. Prepaid cards are available through a wide variety of retailers. Several online casinos offer their own branded prepaid card, which can be used for deposits and withdrawals.

Bank transfer/wire transfer: Establishes an electronic connection between your bank and online gambling account. Wire transfers, which do not require a hold on funds, process more quickly than bank transfers.

PayNearMe: Deposit-only option in which cash is transferred to your online account by scanning a barcode at a participating local 7-Eleven, CVS Pharmacy or Family Dollar store.

What Online Casino Bonuses Will be Available in South Dakota?

Most common casino bonuses found in other states:

Deposit match: Make an initial deposit and your casino operator will match that amount up to 100%. Usually includes a playthrough requirement in which the bonus money must be wagered a set number of times before it can be fully redeemed. Be sure to read the terms and conditions.

Welcome bonus: Receive a small no-deposit bonus just for signing up for an online account.

Mobile bonus: Offered to account holders who play their games on mobile devices.

Game-specific bonuses: Bonuses restricted to a specific slot title or table game.

Freerolls: Casino operator provides free entry (no buy-in required) to various tournaments.

Free spins: Great for slot players, you get free spins on select machines.

South Dakota Gambling Laws & History

South Dakota has a strong history of gambling that dates all the way back to the state's gold rush days. Much of the legislation regarding the current wave of gambling regulations actually came from the 1980s, as shown in the following timeline.

Timeline of Gambling Legislation in South Dakota

2021
1 of 7

Gov. Kristi Noem signs a law legalizing sports betting at Deadwood casinos after it passed the state legislature. Mobile betting is limited to inside the casinos. Sports betting is likely to begin in the second half of the year.

2020
2 of 7

South Dakota voters approve referendum to authorize sports betting in Deadwood and state’s tribal casinos.

2000
3 of 7

Maximum bet for casino games is raised to $100. It is subsequently raised to $1,000 in 2012.

1993
4 of 7

State signs gambling compacts with Native American tribes, allowing for casinos on tribal lands across the state.

1989
5 of 7

Video lottery terminals legalized. Casino games are permitted within Deadwood city limits with $5 maximum bet.

1986
6 of 7

South Dakota Lottery is approved by voters and launched one year later. First legal games are scratch tickets.

1933
7 of 7

Pari-mutuel wagering is legalized.

South Dakota Sports Betting

Legal sports betting is on the way in South Dakota.

Voters in November 2020 approved Amendment B by a 58-42 percent margin, which amends the state constitution to allow sports gambling in Deadwood. Under federal law, the vote will also permit the state’s tribal casinos to operate legal sportsbooks. State lawmakers passed SB 44, making it legal for Deadwood casinos to accept sports bets. Gov. Kristi Noem signed it into law on March 23. A separate bill to allow statewide online sports wagering failed in committee. Players at Deadwood casinos can wager at sports betting windows, kiosks or through a mobile app inside the casinos.

The aim is to have wagering on sporting events in South Dakota begin during the second half of 2021.

When Did South Dakota Legalize Online Sports Betting?

South Dakota legalized sports betting in March 2021 but not true mobile options.

The passage of Amendment B in November 2020 cleared the way for sports betting within the city limits of Deadwood.

As a practical matter, South Dakota is not densely populated and its largest city, Sioux Falls, is nearly 400 miles from Deadwood (though some tribal casinos are closer). Statewide mobile wagering would provide more convenient options for South Dakota players and higher sports betting tax revenues than in-person wagering only. Perhaps at some point once it's up and running in Deadwood, true statewide online sports betting in South Dakota will get another hearing.

Daily Fantasy Sports Betting in South Dakota

All of the major Daily Fantasy Sports operators accept South Dakota accounts. South Dakota law does not specifically address Daily Fantasy Sports wagering, but the state’s attorney general issued an opinion indicating that no action would be taken against fantasy sports operators or players due to the uncertainty of whether daily fantasy is a game of chance or skill.

Horse Betting in South Dakota

Pari-mutuel horse racing betting in South Dakota was legalized nearly 90 years ago, but the state has mostly been a fringe player in horse racing, offering county fair meets at Aberdeen and Fort Pierre a few weekends per year. Interestingly, two of the sport’s all-time winningest trainers, Hall of Famers Bill Mott and D. Wayne Lukas, both got their start in South Dakota racing.

Triple Crown Casino is the state’s lone off-track betting facility. The North Sioux City facility offers simulcast wagering from tracks across the country and video lottery terminals.

South Dakota also allows residents to place online pari-mutuel bets through advance deposit wagering platforms such as TVG, TwinSpires, NYRA Bets and Xpressbet.

What Online Sportsbooks are Expected to Launch in South Dakota?

For now, online sports betting in South Dakota will only be available inside Deadwood casinos. If true mobile sports wagering is approved at a later date, several of the nation’s top online sports betting operators such as FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM and Penn National Gaming could explore deals with owners of Deadwood and tribal casinos across the state to operate both in-person and online wagering.

What Sports Can I Bet on When South Dakota Legalizes Sports Betting?

If South Dakota follows the lead of other sports betting states, wagering will be offered on all the major U.S. professional sports leagues such as the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL; major college sports; and most other pro and international sports such as soccer, golf, tennis, motorsports, boxing and mixed martial arts.

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References

  1. South Dakota Commission on Gaming (Nov. 4,2020). Retrieved Nov. 6, 2020, from https://dor.sd.gov/businesses/gaming/
  2. US Department of Justice (Jan. 24,2020). Retrieved Feb. 6, 2020, from https://www.justice.gov/
  3. American Gaming Association (n.d.). Retrieved Feb. 5, 2020, from https://www.americangaming.org/
  4. National Council on Problem Gambling (n.d.). Retrieved Feb 6, 2020, from https://www.ncpgambling.org/programs-resources/resources/
  5. International Association of Gaming Regulators (n.d.). Retrieved Feb. 1, 2020 from https://www.iagr.org/

FAQ


Online casino gambling is not legal. Online sports betting will only be legal inside Deadwood casinos, which will be activated probably in late 2021.

Bettors must be 21 or older to wager at the casinos in Deadwood, at tribal casinos or to play VLTs. The minimum age is 18 for pari-mutuel wagering, bingo and lottery games.

Commercial casinos in South Dakota are restricted to Deadwood city limits. To receive a license, applicants must be approved by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. Tribal casinos licenses are limited to federally recognized Native American tribes that sign a gambling compact with the state.

Based on other states, there is no residency requirement and an online account can be set up from anywhere. But bettors will need to be physically located inside South Dakota to place a legal wager.

Some offers may be from offshore-based online casino or sports betting websites and should be avoided. Offshore sites are not regulated and offer no consumer safeguards or protections. Other offers may be from legal social casinos, which offer free online games for prizes or entertainment, with no real money changing hands.

Commercial and tribal casinos offer slots, a variety of table games and poker. The state also permits video lottery terminals (VLTs), pari-mutuel wagering, bingo and lottery.

At nearly two dozen casinos in Deadwood; nine tribal casinos around the state; bars and taverns which offer a limited number of VLTs; and the Triple Crown Casino off-track betting facility in North Sioux City.

Only inside Deadwood casinos, some time late in 2021. Legislation to allow statewide online sports betting died in committee during the 2021 session.

The South Dakota Commission on Gaming regulates all wagering in Deadwood as well as pari-mutuel wagering.

If you are playing on a site that is properly licensed and regulated by the appropriate South Dakota agency, online gambling will be safe. The agency will be charged with ensuring the integrity of all online games and equipment.

With no state income tax, South Dakota does not tax gambling winnings. However, all gambling winnings are subject to federal tax, according to the IRS.

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