The Legislature may authorize by law, roulette, keno, craps, wagering on sporting events, limited card games, and slot machines within the city limits of Deadwood. The entire net Municipal proceeds, adjusted annually for inflation, of authorized roulette, keno, craps, wagering on sporting events, card games, and slot machines shall be devoted to the Historic Restoration and Preservation of Deadwood.
Fiscal analysis shows potential revenue
The amendment submitted by the legislature closely tracks a potential 2020 ballot measure backed by the Deadwood Gaming Association. That petition still needs requisite signatures to qualify for the ballot, but might not be needed if the legislative proposal passes.
A related fiscal analysis by the South Dakota Legislative Research Council estimates Deadwood sports betting revenue starting in FY 2022:
- Revenue: $2,051,972
- Taxes: $184,678
South Dakota taxes gross gaming revenue at 9 percent. The analysis expects more than $100 million in total gaming revenue for Deadwood in FY 2022.
How South Dakota would benefit
It continues by breaking down the distribution of that estimated tax revenue:
- State General Fund: $77,975
- Tourism Promotion Fund: $65,663
- Lawrence County: $ 16,416
- City of Deadwood: $8,208
- Municipals in Lawrence County: $8,208
- School Districts in Lawrence County: $8,208
Expanding beyond Deadwood?
That does not include any sports betting beyond Deadwood. A Sioux Falls Argus Leader article last month explored whether the state lottery could offer sports betting via the state’s video lottery terminals. Roger Tellinghuisen, who represents the Deadwood Gaming Association, said the group opposes such a plan:
“I can’t argue there wouldn’t be more revenue to the state,” he said. “But the move you bring up with video lottery, you’re bringing up all of the objections to video lottery as a whole.”
“At least by containing it in Deadwood, it’s just one of several games offered,” he added. “I don’t think there’s as big of an outcry about problem gaming.”
Deadwood gambling became legal in 1989 as a means of economic revitalization for the historic town.