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Gambling-law violations alleged during first three months of Deadwood sports betting

Sports betting 8
Arielle Zionts
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SDPB
The sports betting lounge at Tin Lizzie in Deadwood.

State regulators are alleging five violations of gambling laws during the first three months of sports betting in Deadwood.

The allegations involve a total of 12 casinos, betting operators and workers.

The new gambling option began Sept. 9 and is limited to the city of Deadwood. The accusations are made by the Commission on Gaming, which meets Wednesday.

Most of the allegations relate to accepting sports bets of more than $1,000 — the state limit. The commission can punish the violations by revoking or suspending gaming licenses. It can also impose fines up to $100,000 per violation.

Some of the casinos, operators and workers have come to agreements with the commission that say they admit or don't deny the conduct alleged in the complaint.

Allegations

Internet Sports International is accused of accepting a $1,550 bet Sept. 18 at the Gold Dust casino on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons game.

Cadillac Jack's and its operator BetMGM are accused of accepting a $3,000 bet for the same game on the same day.

Cadillac Jack's and BetMGM are also accused of accepting a $1,300 bet Sept. 20 on the Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers game.

BetMGM has a third accusation for accepting a $1,500 bet Sept. 19 at Tin Lizzie on the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Miami Dolphins game.

Deadwood Mountain Grand and operator IGT are accused of a different kind of violation. They allegedly allowed seven futures bets for the World Series on Oct. 26, even though futures aren't allowed under state law.

Resolved cases

Tin Lizzie was accused of failing to notify the commission when it learned on Sept. 19 that its sports betting system was capable of accepting bets over $1,000. The casino has agreed to pay a $1,000 fine. It will be fined $1,500 more if it has another violation in the next 12 months.

A casino worker has agreed to a $350 fine after being accused of failing to notify the commission after issuing a $1,500 wager on Sept. 19. The wager was on the Eagles v. Dolphins game.

Two workers have admitted to issuing the $3,000 bet Oct. 18 on the Buccaneers v. Falcons game. One will be fined $350 and the other will be fined $150.

Another worker will pay a $150 fine after admitting to issuing the $1,300 wager Sept. 20 on the Lions v. Packers game.

Two workers will be fined $150 each after admitting to accepting the futures bets on Oct. 26.