Casinos in Deadwood, South DakotaDeadwood Casinos

The first casinos in Deadwood, South Dakota opened on November 1, 1989. Local regulations require that all of the buildings in the downtown section to conform with the city’s authentic 1880’s architecture. Many of the Deadwood casinos are located in historic structures, but there are also some new structures which were designed to be compatible with the historic theme of the town. 

Deadwood is famous for being the home of James Butler Hickok, who was better known as Wild Bill Hickok. He was shot to death while playing cards in the No. 10 Saloon. The hand Wild Bill held at the time he was shot was two pairs: black aces and black eights, and that hand is now commonly referred to as a “dead man’s hand.” Wild Bill is buried in the local cemetery along with Calamity Jane, who was a well-know companion to Wild Bill. The old No. 10 Saloon is still operating today and you can gamble in the same spot where old Wild Bill met his demise!

Gaming regulations limit all of the Deadwood casinos to a maximum of 30 slot machines and no one person is allowed to hold more than three operating licenses. However, some of the operators combine licenses with other operators to form a cooperative which will look like one casino but actually they are several licensees operating under one name. The Deadwood Trolly runs a scheduled shuttle service to all of the casinos that operates from 7 am to 1am weekdays and 7 am to 3 am on weekends. The cost is $1 per ride.

The state’s gaming laws originally limited blackjack, poker, let it ride and three-card poker bets to a maximum of $5, however, in July 2012 the law was changed to allow maximum bets of $1,000.

The payback percentages on electronic gaming machines at all Deadwood casinos in South Dakota are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all South Dakota casinos.

The minimum gambling age is 21 at all Deadwood casinos. Interestingly, The casinos in Deadwood have very liberal rules about allowing minors in casinos and virtually all of the casinos will allow children to enter with their parents until about 8 p.m. 

For information on visiting the casinos in Deadwood call the city’s Chamber of Commerce at (800) 999-1876, or go to their website at www.deadwood.org.

Shown below is a list of all Deadwood casinos. Click on a casino name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.

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