North Dakota tribes to propose sports betting monopoly


ND’s Five Indigenous Tribes To Offer Sports Betting Monopoly On Oct 21

As of late 2021, it’s legal to place sports bets in North Dakota, but only if you do so in person at one of three tribal casinos currently owned and operated by the Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise (DNGE), and now it seems like that monopoly could get even bigger.

The five tribes of North Dakota plan to offer an expanded version of the pact they now hold with the state that will expire at the end of 2022, with a total monopoly of the mobile sports betting market potentially added to what the native tribes already performed. .

That proposal is reportedly being worked on and will be presented to Republican Gov. Doug Burgum for consideration on Oct. 21, the date of a previously scheduled public hearing, all according to Deb McDaniel, North Dakota’s top gaming regulator who has recently spoke to the AP.

The move is an attempt to capture the mobile sports betting market that is already happening in this state by approximately 138,000 bettors betting more than $353 million a year via unregulated offshore sports betting that is the subject of a recent Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) warning.

In-person sports betting is legal in North Dakota, but mobile betting is not.

Governor Burgum signed into law a legal sports betting market last December, and since then, bettors in North Dakota have been forced to visit one of these three DNGE-owned and operated casinos located throughout North Dakota. ‘State :

  • Dakota Magic Casino and Hotel in Hankinson
  • The Dakota Connection in Sisseton
  • Dakota Sioux in Watertown

Mobile sports betting, however, remains illegal there, so bettors who are unable to travel to one of these physical locations are forced to conduct their action illicitly, either by illegal local bookmakers, or by those unregulated offshore sportsbooks that offer little or no guarantees.

Besides consumer safety, the other major issue here is all this multi-million dollar management that travels out of state and benefits out-of-state operators instead of staying in North Dakota where that money could be taxed in order to fund projects that benefit residents.

The key to any progress on this issue is cooperation between the tribes and the state.

Governor Doug Burgum and the Tribal Gaming Association ‘can work together’

There have been tensions around the relationship between the state’s native tribal leaders and the state government since 2016 during the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline which runs under the Missouri River outside the reservation of Standing Rock Sioux.

These fiery protests have caused serious damage to the trust between the two parties, and this relationship must be repaired before an agreement can be reached regarding the granting of a full and complete monopoly in this retail sports betting market and mobiles.

Another source of friction between these two parties dates back to 2017, when the governor signed into law a bill allowing pull-pull electric machines that were seen as a direct threat to the state’s native casino business.

These wounds can be healed, however, according to Cynthia Monteau, attorney and executive director of the United Tribes Gaming Association, who said:

I think it’s time to start looking for ways to work together and help each other, repair those relationships and move forward in a positive way.

This story is unfolding and should be updated in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep checking back for all the latest related news.


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