South Dakota Gambling Laws & Online Poker in South Dakota

South Dakota still doesn’t have any online poker legislation in place.  However, changes have been discussed but there probably won’t be movement for a couple of years.

Type/Code Summary
State Code Section(s) 22.25; 42.7
Definition of Gambling Any person who engages in gambling in any form with cards, dice, or other implements or devices of any kind wherein anything valuable is wagered upon the outcome, or who keeps any establishment, place, equipment, or apparatus for such gambling or any agents or employees for such purpose, or any person who knowingly lets any establishment, structure, place, equipment, or apparatus for such gambling.
Definition of Gambling Business One that is conducted at a gambling establishment or involves the placing, receiving, or making of bets or wagers or offers to engage in the placing, receiving, or making of bets or wagers.
Definition of Bet or Wager To directly or indirectly take, receive, or accept money or any valuable thing with the understanding or agreement that the money or valuable thing will be paid or delivered to a person if the payment or delivery is contingent upon the result of a race, contest, or game or upon the happening of an event not known to be certain.
Definition of Internet Computer Service A service, system, or network or access software provider that uses public communication infrastructure or operates to provide or enable computer access by multiple users to a computer server, including a service or system that provides access to the internet.
Definition of Illegal Internet Gambling No person engaged in a gambling business may use the internet or an interactive computer service to bet or wager, or establish a location or site in this state from which to conduct a gambling business on or over the internet or an interactive computer service.
Online Poker/Gambling The state of South Dakota has not considered legalizing online poker or internet gambling of any kind.
Live Poker There is a great deal of live poker in the card rooms of Deadwood, as well as many of the Native American casinos throughout the state, where cash games and tournaments are offered.
Casinos Numerous tribes in South Dakota entered into compacts with South Dakota to offer gambling on their reservations, and there are approximately 10 casinos in the state now, complete with slot machines and table games like poker. In Deadwood, card rooms are also legal, and dozens of them operate for poker and blackjack customers.
Sports Betting No bill has been introduced to legalize sports betting.
DFS South Dakota lawmakers have not considered legalizing daily fantasy sports.
Other Forms of Gambling Horse and dog racing, off-track pari-mutuel betting, lottery.