Deadwood regulators to discuss gambling rules

The rules would formally allow house-banked poker in casinos. Credits: srpressgazette.com
The rules would formally allow house-banked poker in casinos. Credits: srpressgazette.com

The South Dakota gambling commission will hold a public hearing to discuss house-banked poker in Deadwood casinos.

US.- The South Dakota Commission on Gaming will meet tomorrow at a public hearing to discuss the addition of official rules that would formally allow house-banked poker in casinos located in Deadwood.

According to the commission’s deputy executive secretary, Craig Sparrow, the gambling has already been happening at those casinos, KeloLand reports. “Games like Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Holdem, Mississippi Stud are just a few of these games currently being played in almost all the casinos that offer table games,” Sparrow said.

Sparrow added that the rule changes would help Deadwood casinos manage the games because they are currently being played in the blackjack pit instead of the poker pit.

“The difference between poker and house-banked poker is who the patron is playing against. In a traditional game of poker such as Texas Hold’em, the players are wagering against each other as to who has the best hand. House-banked poker is a variation of poker where the players are wagering against the house, much like they do in Blackjack,” he said.

The hearing will take place on Tuesday, June 25 in Deadwood City Hall. The proposed rules were previously discussed with casino representatives, and if approved, they would need final clearance from the Legislature’s Rules Review Committee.

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