By Associated Press - Friday, March 19, 2021

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Kristi Noem has signed legislation bringing sports gambling to Deadwood.

The South Dakota Commission on Gaming met in Deadwood this week to begin framing the rules for the sports wagering. Voters approved a constitutional amendment in November that legalized sports gambling at the town’s casinos.

Deadwood Gaming Association Executive Director Mike Rodman said he’s pleased the governor signed the bill Thursday.

“It’s a big day for Deadwood and our next step now is to work with the South Dakota Commission on Gaming to promulgate the rules,” Rodman said. “We’ll be working through the process with the hope that we will be able to offer sports wagering by Sept. 1.”

Rodman said he expects the gaming commission to have the preliminary set of rules ready by their June 16 meeting, where it will then go to a legislative committee for approval.

Sports wagering will be allowed on the premises of Deadwood casinos through sports betting windows, kiosks or a mobile app, the Rapid City Journal reported.

The association estimates sports wagering will provide more than $22 million in additional gaming revenue, $2.2 million in additional gaming taxes and approximately 150 direct gaming jobs.

Sports wagering is legal in 25 states and the District of Columbia, and live sports wagering is happening in 20 of those states, according to the American Gaming Association.

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