Update: The Deadwood City Commission voted to reopen Deadwood casinos on May 7
The Deadwood City Commission held a meeting on Monday. The agenda included the first reading of a bill that would reopen the city’s casinos and bars. Under South Dakota law, this is the first step in passing the local ordinance.
The next hearing is scheduled for May 4. At this hearing, the city commission could vote on the policy that would allow casinos and other Deadwood businesses to reopen. It would be effective immediately.
Slots-only casinos possible during first phase
The current version of the proposal would only permit slots. This includes video slots, reels, video poker, keno and electronic table games. Live table games and poker would not be permitted under the current language. However, that could change before the next hearing. It could also be amended later to add live games when the time is appropriate.
While Deadwood casinos players may miss out on table games during the first phase of the reopening process, there are many electronic options that will be available. Video blackjack is spread at The Lodge, Bullock Hotel, Gold Dust, Mustang Sally’s, Deadwood Mountain Grand, Hickok’s, Super 8, Iron Horse Inn and Deadwood Station.
The Lodge offers video craps and roulette. There is also a video roulette table at Silverado. Hickok’s has video Three Card Poker. Video craps is spread at Gold Dust. The minimum bet for most electronic table games in Deadwood is $1.
South Dakota Video Lottery still live in most areas
While Deadwood casinos remain closed for now, there are video gaming options available nearby. Most jurisdictions in the region have either already reopened or never closed. Taverns and gas stations in the area often spread video lottery machines. The games include video slots like Buffalo, keno, video poker and blackjack. These games are not live in Deadwood as all gaming devices are shut down until the closure order is lifted.