Deadwood officials have tried to legalize legal commitments in South Dakota

Some of the states are now playing sports betting and others are thinking of it after the Supreme Court's control in the United States in May. Reduced the federal law decision that prevented such commitments outside of Nevada. The control allows the individual states to determine whether sports betting is allowed.

Gaming industry professionals, sports bar owners, even those charged with overseeing South Dakota's legal legal mobility, recognize that illegal sports commitments are already happening in the state. Legal sports betting respondents say South Dakota is seeking potential income in the process.

"I was sitting at the bar at the Ramkota in Pierre and the man was close to his phone and made a bet on a football match," said Larry Eliason, executive secretary of the South South Gaming Commission, that state agency oversees on all legal gaming activity in the state. "Of course he did not know who I was.

"So we know that people in South Dakota have promised to play sport three bookies now," said Eliason.

"How much they have promised and how many books are, we do not know. It is difficult to accurately assess the extent of any activity that is illegal."

South Dakota has legal gaming since 1989 and has 22 casinos operating in Deadwood. There is only legal gaming in Deadwood and at tribal casinos, although the lottery is a legal video throughout the state.

The proposed amendment would extend the definition of gaming allowed in Deadwood casinos. If allowed, the constitutional change would also result in sports betting in tribal casinos.

As planned, the measure would return a greater share of gaming tax income for the Deadwood city. The city received $ 6.8 million in revenue each year from the drafting of gaming in the state in 1989. The proposed amendment would allow the Deadwood allocation to grow with inflation.

Sporting betting is a big business in the US.

An official told the American Gaming Association, which shows a casino gaming industry of $ 261 billion in the US, a sub-Committee of the U.S. House. In September, a huge huge illegal betting market is currently $ 150 billion annually.

"This great illegal market has been enhanced by criminal activity and has left American consumers outside of Nevada with no safe alternative," said Deputy Vice President AGA, Sara Slane, with the House panel. "Almost 60 percent of Americans favored the abolition of the federal border ban, and almost two thirds of Americans believe that legal commitments that would be governed by sports and that would benefit their communities."

Since Supreme Court has judged judgment, 18 states have considered legislation to legalize sports betting and Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi and West Virginia came into Nevada allowing single-game sports betting. Meanwhile, operations in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and New York are pending, Slane said.

A number of other states, including Iowa, Nebraska and New Mexico, are currently running legislation to allow sports betting, according to recent news reports.

In light of what's happening throughout the country, South Dakota gaming industry experts say that Deadwood and state tribal casinos will compete with other gaming jurisdiction because of legal approval of sports competitions – the same argument used when carts, roulette and keno were added to the state's stable games in summer 2015.

The Deadwood Gaming Association, who has made efforts to increase betting limits and add roulette, craps and keno to the poker slate, blackjack and current slot machines, has been announced to discuss what needs to be done for commitments to carry out legal sports in South Dakota.

"For Deadwood, legal sports betting creates extra opportunities, especially in terms of high visibility competitions such as Super Bowl, Sweet 16, Big League Baseball World Series and college football playoffs," said Mike Rodman, executive director of the DGA. "All of them could motivate, create additional marketing opportunities, and bring people to the home. We know that people in South Dakota like sports betting and want to do it in a safe, safe way and control. "

As well as other potential potential visitors to find Deadwood, Rodman has shown that the state's leading tax revenue will lead to legal sports to Deadwood and state tribal casinos.

"We believe that Deadwood, an annual gaming market of $ 100 million, is that they would spend $ 1 million to $ 2 million in annual sports betting," he said.

One of the tribes of South Dakota currently operating Casino supports the DGA plan.

Sports betting has been a multi-billion dollar industry, which has recently been illegal in most US jurisdictions, "said Sethe Sioux Tribe, a solicitor representing Flandreau Sugare Sioux Tribe." We have been actively monitored to do the lawsuit of sporting events. "

Pearman stated that the board had a conversation with the Deadwood Gaming Association, industry experts and others regarding the possibility of making legalities in South Dakota and intends to work with these partners to promote the legal efforts.

"Sports behavior at the Royal Casino River would diversify the gaming opportunities for patrons, they would have a positive impact on their overall experience, and keep them from leaving the area legally to fans," said Pearman.

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