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Deadwood sports betters are football fans who bet $443K in September

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Arielle Zionts
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SDPB
Tellers prepare for the first day of sports betting in Deadwood

Deadwood sports betting kicked off with $443,365 in bets placed at four businesses over a 22-day period. 92% of those wagers went to NFL and NCAA football.

This is a "great start," Mike Rodman, executive director of the Deadwood Gaming Association, said in a news release. "With more properties coming on board before the end of the year, and our sports wagering catalogue proposed expansion in December, we see exciting opportunities in 2022 for sports wagering.”

Sports betting began on Sept. 9 at four casinos in Deadwood after South Dakota voters approved the industry. So far gamblers can wager on:

  • FIFA (International soccer)
  • MLB (Baseball)
  • MMA (Mixed martial arts)
  • NASCAR (Race car driving)
  • NBA (Basketball)
  • NCAA FB (College football)
  • NFL (Football)
  • NHL (Hockey)
  • PGA (Golf)
  • WNBA (Women's basketball)

Gamblers bet more than $155 million across all platforms in September, according to the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. That's a 14% increase compared to September 2020.

Deadwood has seen $1.2 billion in bets from Jan. 1 through September 2021, a 40% increase compared to that time period last year.

About $14.5 million of those bets went to the casinos. The state has collected $1.2 million in gambling taxes so far this year.