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Dakota Sioux Casino latest South Dakota venue to open sportsbook; third for tribal operator

Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel's new sportsbook.
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Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel in Watertown has become the latest South Dakota gaming establishment to add sports betting to its offering with the new Dakota Nation Sports Book, which opened April 27. The launch follows multiple sports betting openings in the state, particularly in Deadwood.

According to sportsbook manager Robert Fairweather, Dakota Sioux offers straight bets, parlays and round robins. Bettors can wager on money lines, spread, over/unders and prop bets. 

Sports featured in the new betting offerings comprise all major sports, including the NFL, the NBA, MLB, the NHL, NCAA football, NCAA men’s basketball, golf, NASCAR, the WNBA and Formula 1 racing. 

Dakota Sioux also offers teasers for basketball and football games. For basketball, there are 5, 5.5 and 6-point teasers. For football, there are 6, 6.5 and 7-point teasers. 

As of now, the cage handles any payouts for winning tickets, but the sports betting kiosks are available 24/7. “Once we open the counter, I will have writers/tellers that you will be able to place bets with and redeem winning tickets, but that won’t be available 24/7. If the sportsbook is closed, the cafe is still able to handle payouts”, Fairweather stated, according to Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

The sportsbook opened on April 27 during a ceremony held inside of the Dakota Sioux Casino, with a series of speeches followed by a “Meet and Greet” event with the special participation from former players of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. 

Dakota Sioux Casino and Hotel in Watertown, South Dakota, is one of DNGE’s three tribal casinos and one of the largest tribal gambling facilities in the state. The opening is part of the tribe’s commitment to bring sports betting to all its three casinos, with DSC being the last to debut a Dakota Nation Sports Book lounge, following Dakota Magic Casino and Hotel in Hankinson, North Dakota; and Dakota Connection Casino out of Sisseton, South Dakota, which features “a smaller version of the Dakota Nation Sports Book lounge."

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