Legalization of sports betting could help casinos in Deadwood

DEADWOOD, S.D., (KEVN TV) - The Super Bowl is one of the biggest games of the year - for sports betting. But, you still can't place a legal bet in South Dakota. This week state legislators introduced a resolution to change that.

Deadwood casinos could expand to include sports betting - only after South Dakotans vote to amend the constitution. The Deadwood Gaming Association is hopeful this potential expansion will be good business. The association's executive director Mike Rodman helped revise the resolution introduced in Pierre.

Legalization could help bring in more profits to the gambling casinos. Rodman says state legislators expect Deadwood could make an extra $2 million if sports betting is legalized. Rodman says this could help increase tourism revenue for Deadwood.

"The best thing for Deadwood is going to be the additional visitation, the additional hotel rooms, food and beverage sales. That's where the real economic impact is going to happen with sport wagering," says Rodman.

Rodman says if sports betting is legalized he expects to see sports lounges in Deadwood to accommodate the new crowd of gamblers.

The joint resolution is set for a hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee next week.