South Dakota: Lawmakers hold tight to requiring that sports wagers can occur only on Deadwood casino premises Bob Mercer, Keloland · February 23, 2021 at 5:11 am A state lawmaker’s bid to allow sports wagers to be accepted at potentially hundreds of bars and restaurants across South Dakota on behalf of Deadwood casinos failed Monday. Representative Mark Willadsen wanted the Legislature to let any establishment take bets if it had a state license to sell liquor for on-site consumption and also had a contract with a Deadwood casino and a kiosk where the bets would be made. But a state Department of Revenue official argued against the plan, saying it would mean 1,150 businesses outside Deadwood could take wagers. Deputy Secretary David Wiest said South Dakota voters marked their ballots to allow sports wagering in Deadwood proper. Wiest said the department instead backs SB 44. It requires bets occur on the premises of Deadwood casinos. The House State Affairs Committee voted 9-4 to kill Willadsen’s proposal, HB 1211.