North Dakota Tribes are moving to obtain exclusive rights to online sports betting when it comes to the state. Tell everybody AP News...

The tribes are turning to Republican Gov. Doug Burgum to approve the idea under tribal-state agreements known as compacts, the first of which was signed in 1992. The current compacts expire at the end of this year and only Burgum can approve them, said Deb McDaniel, North Dakota’s top gambling regulator.

The tribes argue their casinos have been hurt by the explosion of electronic pull tab machines statewide after they were legalized in 2017, with North Dakotans pouring almost $1.75 billion into the machines in fiscal 2022.

Ain't gonna happen. Although one of the Tribes already exclusively offers sportsbooks!

There are five federally recognized Tribes and one Indian community located at least partially within the State of North Dakota.

These include the Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara Nation (Three Affiliated Tribes), the Spirit Lake Nation, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation.

It's pretty far away from most everywhere, but the only legal Sports Betting facility in the state is found in Hankinson North Dakota part of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation.

Map of Tribal Nations

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Hankinson's in the southeast corner of the state probably about 10 miles from the South Dakota border. It's the only venue in North Dakota you can legally place a sports bet.

Don't believe me?

Maybe you'll believe NFL Hall of Famer, Minnesota Viking Superstar, and legendary whiner- CHRIS CARTER!  He was there for the grand opening back in March 2022.

Short video from Dakota Nation Sports Book Facebook channel

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The only legal sportsbooks in the state is the Dakota Nation Sportsbook found at tribal casinos. There are three tribal casinos in the state, owned and operated by the Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise. They include the Dakota Magic Casino and Hotel in Hankinson, the Dakota Connection in Sisseton and Dakota Sioux in Watertown. Mobile sports betting has not yet been legalized in the state.

OK, so just one in North Dakota.

The arguments for and against sports betting began in 2018 when the US Supreme Court legalized it and left it to the States to decide its fate from there.  Many states have joined up with the cause many more will follow. How long down the road? If you've been around us for a while- you know we're going to be coming late to the game. It's what North Dakota does.

When the "game" does arrive...will sovereign nations hold control?

I think not. Much like the lottery, there's too much money involved for state tax purposes. Eventually, it should be a tax fairly evenly levied upon the big international betting sites with almost everybody betting online versus going to a location to place their bets. So who collects that cash? The state will...I'm at least sure of it.

One would think the Dakota Magic Casino would be OVERRUN with bettors.

I've recently driven by Dakota Magic a couple of times and figured it was business as usual. People want to make their OUTRAGEOUS bets online and at home. You can see that in Vegas.  The lone time I've been in Las Vegas, I was saddened to see the folks in the sports book section of the casino. Old guys smoking cigarettes. Thing of the past.

North Dakotans will soon be able to lose their sporting asses online.

It's not too far away. But I imagine the state wants its share. For the tribes that believe North Dakota should compensate for the casino loss concerning statewide in-bar digital pull tabs, well about that..this should be much more money

It's proposed to be everywhere

Tribes will have to convince North Dakota it's wise to go casino only.

Good luck y'all!

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