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20 Deadwood Gaming Tips

Forget about the movies you've watched of gambling cowboys throwing chips, knocking over the table, and drawing their guns! Wild Bill Hickok and the trial of Jack McCall are long over, and it is different in today's Deadwood. Here are 20 tips to make yourself more welcome at the table and increase your chances to win at Deadwood Gaming. Enjoy the Deadwood Casinos!

The objective of Poker is to win more money than you lose. To do this, you first must take down individual pots. There are two ways to accomplish this. You may either bet more than your opponents are willing to call, thus winning the pot uncontested, without even needing to show your cards, or you may win by having the best hand (see poker hands) after all the betting rounds are completed.

Poker Tips:
First, don't just sit down at an ongoing poker game when you want to play poker. Ask the poker room manager if there is a seat available. The manager will direct you to a table, or add you to a waiting list. Do your homework – there are 17 different types of poker played in Deadwood.

The Hands to have in Poker:

  • Five Aces – four aces and a joker
  • Royal Flush – an ace, king, queen, jack and 10 of the same suit
  • Straight Flush – five consecutive cards of the same suit
  • Four of a Kind – four cards of the same rank or point value (example: four 5's)
  • Full House – 3 cards of same value with a pair (example: three 6's and two 9's)
  • Flush – five cards of the same suit
  • Straight – five cards in sequential order
  • Three of a Kind – three cards of same value with two odd cards – (example, three 5's, a king, and an ace)
  • Two Pair -– two distinct pairs and an odd card – example: two 3's, two 7's and a jack
  • One Pair – one pair and three odd cards - two 9's, a jack, a king and an ace
  • High card – the highest ranking card in the hand

(The hand Hickok was holding? Pairs of black aces and eights—the "dead man's hand.")

  • Sitting in position to be the first to place a bet leaves you at a disadvantage; being the last to place your bet gives you the opportunity to view how the other players have wagered.
  • Place your chips or cards in front of you as you announce whether you are calling (matching the bet), raising, or folding and the dealer will place your chips in the pot or remove your cards.
  • Any player or dealer who sees an incorrect amount of chips put into the pot, or an error about to be made in awarding a pot, has an ethical obligation to point out the error.
  • Finally, remember that poker is a game of luck, skill, and also psychology. Watch the players for signs that might reveal what cards they are holding. Be aware of your own poker face for signs that you may be revealing your own hand.

The Objective of Blackjack:
In Blackjack, the objective is to score a blackjack, or a total of 21 points. You win by having a higher hand of cards than the dealer without busting. It sounds easy, but there are many ways to play blackjack.

The dealer has a slight advantage over the player, in that the dealer plays his hand after the players play. A win by a player results in a 1.5 times of the original bet payout. The dealer must draw up to 17, so you are trying to receive the highest amount of points without busting.

Blackjack Etiquette:

  • When Buying Chips - Place money on the blackjack table and the dealer will exchange your money for chips when the current hand is over.
  • For Bets - Place desired amount of chips in the betting box and then leave the chips alone. Do not touch them, unless you want a lot of attention from the casino security staff.

Basic Blackjack rules to substantially increase your odds:

  • If hand ranges between 12 and 16, and the dealer has 2,3,4,5 or 6 showing, you stand.
  • If hand ranges between 12 and 16, and the dealer has 7,8,9,10 or an Ace, you hit.
  • Always split Eights and Aces.
  • Never split Fours, Fives and Tens.
  • Double down if you have 10 or 11 and the dealer is showing 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 or 9.
  • Stand if you hand total ranges between 17 and 21, unless you have a soft 17 (Ace and 6) regardless of the dealer's hand.
  • Never take insurance against a dealer's Ace.
  • Always check the casino rules at each casino you play at since they may differ slightly and affect your odds.
  • Hit Me - If the cards were dealt face up, point to your cards that are lying on the table to signify your wish for another card. If cards were dealt face down, either scratch the table with a corner of your cards or with your finger to let the dealer know you want a hit, meaning you will get another card.
  • To Stand - when cards have been dealt face up and you wish to stand you wave over the cards, palm down, with your hand. Cards dealt face down should be slid under your bet chips without you touching the chips. Now cross your fingers.
  • End of Hand - At the end of the hand, if you have not gotten blackjack or busted, place your cards face down on the table and let the dealer turn them over for you.
  • For a Blackjack - Lucky you! Turn your cards face up immediately after you recognize your hand, allowing the dealer to remove your cards and pay you. If You Bust - Turn them face up so the dealer can remove your cards and chips.

The Objective of Slots:
Slot machines offer an easy method to win with a small wager – drop in a coin or token, pull a lever or push a button, and watch the wheels turn! Although slot machines are simple to play, there are some rules you should follow to enhance your chances of higher winnings.

Slot Machines Tips:

  • Know the difference between progressive and non-progressive machines: Progressive machines feature a jackpot meter that is always changing; the jackpot increases slightly each time someone pulls the handle. Some feature jackpots from a bank or island of perhaps eight to twelve machines while others feature huge jackpots from tens of thousands of machines linked nationwide. Non-progressives act as an individual unit.
  • Observe which machines are paying out, and which are quiet. You may have to wait for a certain machine to be available, but you will want to play a machine that is winning. It is NOT true that the best slot machines are placed near the front doors or edge of aisles.
  • If you play maximum coins for the machine, you will receive the best jackpot if you win. For example, the jackpot may pay 2000 coins with 2 coins played, but 4000 with 3 coins.
  • If you don't feel comfortable playing the maximum coins you should drop to a lower coinage. Example: play quarters instead of dollars.
  • If your machine is not paying out (tight), it is not a bad idea to switch to another one.
  • Never leave or play a machine that owes you money. Sometimes a machine will run out of money before it is finished paying you off. If you put another coin you may lose the evidence that you are owed money.

And one final tip for gaming in Deadwood:
Set realistic limits to your spending on this entertainment. Remember, never spend more money than you can afford to lose. Save time and money to enjoy the excellent dining, history, and other attractions that Deadwood has to offer!