I decided to get away from the Las Vegas grind and take a weekend off in the Black Hills. I stayed at the Lodge at Deadwood. The room was as expected. It was above average for Deadwood. The only minor annoyance was the slow elevator.
I did enjoy that their table games are open late. There were at least four tables open after last call each night. These included Ultimate Texas Hold’em, the only table game I will play.
The bad news that I found on this trip is that two of Deadwood’s four poker rooms now rake up to $5. This is brutal for such a small poker market. Those $5 rake poker rooms are The Lodge and Silverado. Cadillac Jack’s and Saloon No. 10 still rake up to $4.
I also noticed that video poker has gotten worse in Deadwood. I found no quality pay table games on video poker machines. I also noticed that Silverado/Franklin have made most or all of their video poker single points for their player’s club, as if having 95% payback games was not bad enough.
Ultimate Texas Hold’em has expanded in Deadwood. It appeared at Cadillac Jack’s as a table game and Silverado and Tin Lizzie both added the Shuffle Master video version of this game.
I had never been in Deadwood for Super Bowl Sunday before this weekend. They closed Main Street for it and had several games in the road. These included a football toss, ball beanbag type toss and several food items offered by vendors. The open container law was also dropped for the afternoon.
It was sad to see Gold Dust abandoned. The casino closed at 2am on January 1st. The block looks very bare. Much of the Wild West still sits vacant too. Main Street in Deadwood has seen better days. The large off strip properties built in recent years are certainly hurting the casinos without hotels or any other alluring features.
I had fun but was disappointed by the higher rake at some poker tables, the lack of quality video poker and the all around lower promotions compared to my past visits. There are still plenty of great table games to play in both live and video form in Deadwood.