A group of people celebrate around a gaming table at a casino in Deadwood, South Dakota.

Casinos in Deadwood

Feeling lucky? Time to check out the slots, table games, roulette, craps or sports betting at one of Deadwood’s top-tier casinos and hotel resorts. With more than 20 casinos on Historic Main Street and in the surrounding area, enjoy various games in a friendly, laid-back atmosphere steeped in the history of the American West.

The History of Casinos and Gambling in Deadwood

History buffs and fans of the eponymous TV show know this town has a larger-than-life backstory. The origins of gambling and casinos are no exception. Deadwood was founded in 1876 during the gold rush and remained an illegal settlement until South Dakota became a state in 1889.

Miners, cowboys, outlaws and gamblers filled the town during this time. The most famous was American folk hero Wild Bill Hickok, who was famously shot and killed while playing poker. Legend has it that he was holding two pairs when he died: black aces and eights. To this day, the hand is known as The Dead Man’s Hand.

Once South Dakota became a state, legislators didn’t wait long to ban gambling. The activity was formally outlawed in 1905 and remained as such until 1989 when the state legalized gambling in Deadwood to diversify the town’s economy. Since then, Deadwood has offered Vegas-style casino games in a unique environment that transports visitors back to the Wild West.

Deadwood Casino Hotels

Stay and play at one of Deadwood’s many hotel and gaming resorts. From the 777 Casino at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites to Cadillac Jack’s® Gaming Resort, the First Gold Hotel & Gaming and the Rocksino by Hard Rock, there’s a wide range of options for everyone’s budget and preferences. Only in Deadwood can you find properties with sawdust on the floor or resorts with crystal chandeliers, coffee shops, grand staircases, day spas and full-service restaurants. Where will you find your fortune?

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