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Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Casino Hotels' started by Jamstrick, Jan 11, 2020.

  1. Jamstrick

    Jamstrick Tourist

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    i am flying into Denver then heading to Mount Rushmore. Is it worth going to Deadwood? Are the casinos fun?
     
  2. Calder

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    From a craps-only player:

    Four casinos have live craps. They're small, but I like a few: Silverado, Cadillac Jack's, and the Deadwood Mountain Grand. Tin Lizzie I generally skip, its table is an afterthought in a dark corner. There is a bubble game at Gold Dust, but I'm not a fan.

    $5 tables, comped drinks, no smoking. Note that craps is only open Friday to Sunday, though Cadillac Jack's start Thursday afternoon, as I recall. Until it gets busy, you'll play a half table.

    I find the liveliest table at the Silverado, next at Cadillac Jack's. Deadwood Grand has only had craps a year or two, but may have promise. I enjoyed the new dealers calling a "soft eight"!
     
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    They certainly are not Vegas caliber but since you are so close I would definitely say it's worth going to check out. It is an interesting town besides the casinos. But the casinos will give you a nice gambling fix too.
    And we are not motorcycle people but we enjoyed going over to Sturgis as well. We wanted to see what all that big motorcycle cultural thing was all about.
     
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    100% go. None are big resorts though if you’re looking for a Vegas experience. It’s a little Wild West type of town with lots of history.

    Are flying or driving from Denver? Where do you plan on staying? Which town? I like Deadwood to base myself in when in the Black Hills but there are other options depending which season you’re traveling in. Some hotels close during the winters in the small towns. Friday’s and Saturday’s will be busiest and most lively during the winter months in Deadwood.
     
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    Absolutely check it out. It's easy to walk the entire length of town and pop in and out of the various casinos. The history of the town is interesting as well. When during the year are you planning to visit the Hills?

    Fun fact: Deadwood had the first legalized casino gambling outside of Nevada and Atlantic City.
     
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    Everyone has given good advice. Just be sure to strap on your 44 when going out.:whistle:
     
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  7. Jamstrick

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    Going end of May to beginning of June. Flying from NC. Planning on 4 days to take in Denver, then rent a car and drive to South Dakota, back to Denver after 4 days to fly back. Enough time to see everything?
     
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    If you have an interest in physics, make the short drive up the mountain to Lead ("Leed") and take a look at the Sanford Lab. There's a small museum with free exhibits. It's above an old gold mine, and experiments below ground include searching for evidence of dark matter, snatching the odd neutrino, etc. Neat stuff, if you're into that.

    Out the back window is the above-ground portion of the old Homestake mine, which produced 41 million ounces of gold, and 9 million of silver (yes, I had to look that up). still an imposing site.

    Literally 10 minutes up the road.
     
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    To see everything, I would say no. However, it depends on what you want to see? While in Denver I really enjoyed driving south and going thru the garden of the gods on our way to the top of Pikes peak. Also, hitting up Estes park was very cool and you can stay in or visit The Stanley hotel which was the hotel from "the Shining" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stanley_Hotel

    Deadwood is a must. It's not about the gambling so much for me but just the western feel I got there. In 2008 max bet on BJ was $5 and all their machines were still using coins, I'm sure things are different now. While we did visit Crazy horse I wouldn't again, you can see it from the road as you pass by, to me it was a huge tourist trap. Mt. Rushmore was worth the visit. If you are into more driving the Devils Tower is 2 hrs away in Wyoming and was neat to see/hike around. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devils_Tower

    I really did enjoy my time in the Black hills, I defiantly want to go back. Have a fun trip!
     
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    They must have adjusted craps tables open time. I went back when they first got craps and they were open each night. Tin Lizzie even found a dealer and opened the other half of the table for my wife and me. I played at Tin Lizzie and Silverado. Silverado has more of the casino feel, but I liked our Tin Lizzie game better. I bought in for $200 and I was the “big player” at the table if that gives you any insight.
     
  11. Calder

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    I stand corrected. Your post sent me scrambling back to my notes, and my last Deadwood sessions were on June 12, a Wednesday, with game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals sandwiched between.

    They were both at Cadillac Jack's, though --- only open table in town that day.

    My visits are usually during shoulder seasons (May and October), so there may be a seasonal component.
     
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    I went in late July right before Sturgis and a number of them were there already, that definitely would play a role in tables being open.
     
  13. Jamstrick

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    Thank you all. We booked 3 nights downtown Denver, no car. Driving to Keystone for 2 nights. 3 nights in Deadwood. Back down to Denver area for 3 nights in Superior to see Boulder and Golden. Very excited!,
     
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    Looks like during week days craps tables are open from 6pm - close at Tin Lizzie and 2pm at Cadillac Jacks.
     
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    My GF and I visited Deadwood a few years ago, in the early spring. We were making the loop, walking through the "downtown" area, and decided to stop in a tavern for a cocktail. We sat at the the bar, and as I looked around the place, I noticed the walls were full of photos of Kevin Costner (and move posters too). I asked the bartender if the owner had a hard-on for Costner or something, and it turns out Costner IS the owner! Apparently, he decided to buy the place while they were filming some of the winter scenes of "Dances With Wolves" (the Sioux winter camp scenes near the end of the film were filmed a bit south of town).

    Since you will have a car, there's a lot of cool stuff to see in the area (other than casinos) - Mt. Rushmore isn't far, there are some cave tours in the area, and lots of wildlife. My GF and I just cruised some of the back roads. Since it was spring time, the bison were calving. At one point we came across a group of cows and calves milling about on the side of the road (no doubt so the cows could munch on new grass shoots). The calves were very young (some still had their umbilical cords and were standing on wobbly legs). I drove my truck past very slowly (like 3-4 MPH) and one of the cows and her calf decided to trot right next to my truck - I had the driver's window open, and could have reached out and slapped the cow's ass! (I stopped, and they crossed the road in front of the truck). We saw a few bulls too, but a bit off in the distance in open fields, and each was a loner. We also saw bighorn sheep just standing on the sides of roads, prairie dogs, foxes, and I don't remember what else. It's a beautiful area.

    There are also some waterfalls to see - one is named bridal veil falls near the town of Spearfish, and during the spring the snow melt runoff really gets it going (not as big as the bridal veil falls in Yosemite, but still a pretty site). It's right off the side of the road too - no hiking required.

    The history of the area is pretty wild - the building where Wild Bill Hickok was shot to death is still standing, right in the heart of Deadwood - it's called "Saloon Number 10".

    Deadwood is definitely worth a visit.
     
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    Deadwood is worth a brief visit. I would stay out of the casinos. I maintain that I got cheated by a mechanic in one years ago. Even if what happened was just a coincidence, the games in Deadwood are likely to be lousy. I did walk through a casino on a recent visit to town and thought it was a real toilet. Others might say "atmospheric" I suppose. My destination was "The Gem" restaurant upstairs. It's a pleasant place to eat with okay food and a nice view of the main drag, but to me the big draw was a long double row of old time photos that showed many of the real characters depicted or fictionalized in the TV series.
     
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  17. HoppinHardWays

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    Franklin has a nice place I think, but yes others are not so nice.