Dakota's bars and taverns are allowed to have up to
ten video lottery terminals that offer the following
games: online poker games, keno, online blackjack
games, and bingo.
as well as online blackjack games and online poker
games, are only permitted on Indian casinos and in
more than fifty casinos and is located in the Black
Hills, forty-one miles northwest of Rapid City. It
was once most famous for being the home of Wild Bill
Hickok, who was shot to death while playing cards
in the No. 10 Saloon. The hand he held at the time
was two pairs-black Aces and eights-which ever since
is referred to as a "dead man's hand." Wild
Bill is buried in the local cemetery, along with Calamity
Today the town
is still well known for those local characters, but
it's also known as the home of slot machines, online
poker games, and online blackjack games ever since
voters approved these forms of gambling. When the
first casinos opened in November 1989, the promoters
expected betting of $4 million a year. The estimate
was a bit low because in the first two years alone
the betting totaled more than $500 million!
All of the buildings
in downtown Deadwood are required to conform to the
city's authentic 1880s architecture, and many of the
casinos are located in these structures. The No. 10
Saloon is still there, and you can actually gamble
in the same spot where old Wild Bill bit the dust!
All of Deadwood's casinos are relatively small, as
South Dakota law limits each licensee to a maximum
of thirty slot machines in a building and no business
is allowed to hold over three licenses. Some of the
downtown hotels that have casinos are: Bullock (800-336-1876),
First Gold (800-274-1876), Franklin (800-688-1876),
and Mineral Palace (800-84-PALACE).
law limits online blackjack games (and online poker
games) bets to a maximum of $5, but you are permitted
to play more than one hand at a time. In addition
to the Deadwood casinos, there are eight Indian casinos
in South Dakota which are also subject to the $5 maximum
blackjack games, all Deadwood casinos offer a full
variety of electronic machines. The minimum gambling
age is twenty-one (eighteen at Indian casinos that
don't serve liquor).
For South Dakota tourism information call 800-927-1948.
For information on visiting Deadwood call 800-999-1876.
both of your cards are higher than any card on the
flop, you have a chance of making the top pair on
the turn or river. For example, if you hold A1lK*
and the flop is T VT • 5 4, you have over cards.
You have six outs, halfway bet<vend an outside
and an inside straight draw, giving you odds of 1:4
of pairing up by the river. Those are good enough
by themselves to justify a call against the pot sometimes,
particularly in a small field where a high pair will
often win. They can also boost the value of something
like an inside straight draw, as in the example above,
to give it a positive expected value that it other\vise