Deadwood is one of my favorite tourist towns. I enjoy visiting there so much that I created this website.
There are dozens of casinos and hotels in Deadwood. These range from small, historical properties along Main Street to large-scale resorts on the outskirts of town. I cover all these casinos at Deadwood Advantage. The information includes the types of hotel rooms, restaurants and casino games that are available. I add my decades of gaming expertise to help you find the best value.
Things to do in Deadwood
Deadwood is best known for being a gambling destination. Players will find penny slots, reels, video poker, keno, blackjack, craps, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, Let it Ride, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, craps and roulette in town. The minimum bet for tables is generally $5. However, you may find games like Three Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em with $2 minimum bets. There are four live poker rooms in Deadwood.
In addition to gambling, there are several other activities, especially during the summer months. Mt Roosevelt is on the outskirts of town. It is one of the highest points in the Black Hills. Mt Roosevelt offers an observation tower.
Mt. Moriah Cemetery is the final resting place for many of Deadwood’s original and most famous residents. These characters include Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock. The Sturgis Rally brings in Harley Davidson enthusiast during the first week of August. Many of the hundreds of thousands of guests visit or stay in Deadwood during the event.
Mt. Rushmore is about 45 minutes from Deadwood. The Badlands is about 90 minutes away. During the winter months, there are two ski resorts and snowmobile trails.
How to get to Deadwood, South Dakota
Guests coming from a long distance may want to consider flying into Rapid City Regional Airport. It is about an hour from Deadwood. Direct flights are available from Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Mesa/Phoenix and Salt Lake City.
From Rapid City: Take Interstate 90 westbound to Sturgis. Get off at Lazelle Street, exit 30. Turn left on Alt US 14. This will take you to Deadwood.
From Wyoming: Take Interstate 90 eastbound to US 85, exit 17. Turn right onto US 85. This will take you to Deadwood.
From the south: Take US 385 north out of Nebraska. It ends in Deadwood. From southern Wyoming, follow US 85 to Deadwood.
From the north: Follow US 85 south from North Dakota. It will lead directly to Deadwood. It merges with Interstate 90 briefly in Spearfish, South Dakota.
South Dakota sports betting
South Dakota voters amended the state constitution to approve sports betting in Deadwood in November 2020. It is up to the state legislature to determine the regulations in 2021. This includes whether South Dakota sports betting would be permitted on mobile devices across the state like it is in many others or confined to Deadwood and the state’s tribal casinos.
Deadwood poker rooms
There are three poker rooms in Deadwood. Each has its own unique qualities. All rake 10% up to $5 and take 10% of tournament fees for the house.
The poker room at Cadillac Jack’s offers four poker tables. Spread Limit Texas Hold’em is the main game with limits of 2-10 up to 10-300. There is a tournament daily at 1pm.
Saloon No. 10
Saloon No. 10 is the oldest poker room in town. Its theme is old school saloon. The poker room resembles this. Games spread include Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo, Dealer’s Choice, and spread limit Texas Hold’em. Saloon No. 10 spreads two poker tables.
Silverado has five poker tables. Its main game is 2-20 spread limit Texas Hold’em. It is open Wednesday through Sunday.
The Lodge at Deadwood
There were five poker tables at The Lodge at Deadwood before the COVID-19 closures. The casino announced after reopening that its poker room would remain closed permanently.
Deadwood, South Dakota FAQ
Where is Deadwood?
Deadwood is in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It is about one hour west of Rapid City and one hour east of Gillette, Wyoming.
What table games are available in Deadwood?
Blackjack, craps, roulette, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, Let it Ride, Mississippi Stud Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em are dealt in Deadwood.
Is Pai Gow Poker dealt in Deadwood?
There are no Pai Gow Poker tables in Deadwood.
Is baccarat dealt in Deadwood?
There are no baccarat tables in Deadwood.
What poker games are dealt in Deadwood?
The most popular poker game is spread limit Texas Hold’em. Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo is dealt at Saloon No. 10 on Tuesdays. Dealer’s Choice is dealt there on Thursdays.
What are the bet limits in Deadwood?
Most table games have a $5 minimum, though there are a few $2 Three Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em tables. The maximum bet is generally $100. However, some larger casinos are licensed to take bets up to $1,000. That level of play may require approval from management as the maximum bet will generally be no higher than $300.
Is sports betting legal in South Dakota?
Voters changed the state constitution in November 2020 to permit sports betting in Deadwood. The legislature has not taken up the issue. It will meet again in 2021.
Which casino has the best video poker in Deadwood?
The Lodge at Deadwood has the best video poker. These quality machines are located near the poker room on the wall opposite the bar.
Are masks or face coverings required in Deadwood casinos?
Yes. City of Deadwood officials passed a mask mandate on November 23, 2020. The ordinance runs through at least December 30, 2020.
Is public transportation available in Deadwood?
Yes. The Deadwood Trolley charges $1 for a ride. It stops at most hotels and points of interest in Deadwood. Cabs are also available to take guests anywhere in the Black Hills.