Bar owners would get a percentage of the revenue, Krogman said, creating more revenue for Deadwood casinos and small businesses. Krogman said Deadwood Casino would take the bet and cash out.
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Opposed to the bill was David Wiest, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, who stated that the passage of HB1211 would open 1,186 companies in the state to allow sports betting on their premises.
Wiest said that three successful attempts to amend the state constitution required the game to be played in Deadwood, "not that a line could be drawn to the bar in Alcester."
Willardsen said not all of the 1,186 companies would allow sports betting. He noted that New Jersey has a similar system that allows people in certain businesses across the state to place bets in Atlantic City.
"The casino in Deadwood is in control," said Willardsen. "We're just using technology to get there."
Rep. Kirk Chaffee, R-Whitewood, wondered why there were no supportive statements from the Deadwood Gaming Association.
Krogman said the association was neutral on the issue and was not interested in the provisions of HB1211 prior to the election. "You weren't exactly interested then."
Rep. Tim Goodwin, R-Rapid City, moved the legislation to be sent to the 41st day, a tactic that is killing the legislation.