• One town, fun for all
• Historic location, modern appeal
Utilizing great casino destinations is only a gamble if you choose to play a game, the rest is just hospitable convenience and great service waiting to help you make your next event as wild or as charming as you prefer. Deadwood, SD takes ‘casino destination’ to a new level with an entire community dedicated to great gaming and leisure activities all year long.
Once a rough and tumble, wild west town, Deadwood is now a gambling destination in the Midwest. The entire town is a Registered National Historic Landmark. This frontier town, which called to legends in search of their fortunes, is now full of modern-day appeal for those in search of great casino experiences.
In 1988, South Dakotans voted to allow limited-stake gaming in the town of Deadwood, with cards and slots added a year later. Betting limits were increased from $5 to $100 in 2000, and live roulette, keno, and craps came to town in 2015. Deadwood is home to over 80 casinos and gaming halls today with the state of South Dakota earning 30% of the state tourism budget from the gambling taxes.
But again, Deadwood is a gambling destination, open to everyone and its story is one of historic preservation. “Many people don’t realize kids are allowed on the gambling floors until 7pm,” said Amanda Kille, Deadwood Chamber & Visitors Bureau. The tours in and around the town are enjoyable to attendees and are also family friendly. From narrated tours of Deadwood to trekking up to Mt. Moriah “Boot Hill” Cemetery, going underground to Chinatown, beneath the Gold Nugget Trading Post, to ghost hunting in the many historic hotels, groups can see it all. Not to mention the daily reenactments of Wild Bill’s final moments.
Families and colleagues meandering the historic main street can play a game of ‘Where’s Wild Bill?’ Wild Bill Hickok remains Deadwood’s most famous resident and you’ll find his likeness all over town. The Deadwood Visitors Bureau rolled out a social media game called #WildBillMe, with prizes given to individuals with 10, 15, 25, and 30 Wild Bill likeness selfies. Use this same idea to engage attendees outside of your meetings and get people moving, exploring, and teambuilding amidst a grand competition.
Speaking of grand, Deadwood Mountain Grand is a premiere entertainment venue year-round, hosting big names and multiple festivals. For those looking to get away from the casino floors, Deadwood is home to spas, shopping, and many outdoor adventures in every season. Waterpark fun can be found at The Lodge at Deadwood’s indoor, water playland or rent a bike at Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort and hit the famous Mickelson Trail.
No matter how your group works up an appetite, great menu items are abundant and are offered with appreciable hospitality. Legends Steakhouse, within Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex, is a local favorite. Craving seafood? Journey to Oyster Bay & Historic Fairmont, Restaurant & Bar for a round of their World-Famous ‘Oyster Shooters,’ featured on the Travel Channel. Just like Las Vegas, a good buffet can be found in Deadwood too.
Small groups looking for a more intimate location to hang their hats will be charmed by the historic bed & breakfast options in the area. The Deadwood House and the 1899 Inn are both available to be fully inhabited. Located in the historic Presidential District, these remodeled Victorian era homes are lovely getaways within a short walking distance of the gaming action.
Whether your group is mild or wild, Deadwood’s community of gaming experiences, group tours, and culinary delights gives you just the amount of ‘extra’ you need for a great event.