Sports betting players will soon be able to place bets at the Dakota Magic Casino in Hankinson, as the casino, run by the Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise, plans to open a Dakota Nation Sportsbook bookmaker. It is expected that the opening date is December 1, and the latest possible opening is January, until regulatory approvals are received.
According to Marketing Director Rogelio Rubio, since the Supreme Court gave the green light to sports betting, Dakota Magic is weighing the possibility of adding a bookmaker to the casino.
“In North Dakota, sports betting was agreed in advance and approved in the state Games agreement between the tribal nation and the state. It was only after the Supreme Court’s decision that Dakota Magic was able to take advantage of the opportunity to bet on sports,” Rubio said, according to Inforum.
The Dakota Nation Sportsbook bookmaker will include a Vegas-style lounge with large TVs, leather seats with cell phone charging stations, a limited menu, drinks and a wall-to-wall video screen. The wager is due to open on-site soon via a clerk or kiosks, but the hall is not expected to open until early next year, just in time for the Super Bowl.
Rubio also noted that other betting methods “will be discussed later,” adding that any outside bets will require the approval of the state and tribal governments.
In addition to the Hankinson Casino, the Dakota Nation bookmaker will be available at Dakota Connection stores in Sisseton and Dakota Sioux in Watertown. The South Dakota Gaming Commission has allowed sports betting starting at the Deadwood Casino in May.
Players will be able to place bets on both student and professional sports competitions. According to Rubio, the coefficients will be set by International Game Technology PlaySports.