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Stud® Poker is currently featured at the following casinos:
Royal River Casino in Flandreau
Dakota Sioux Casino near Watertown
Ft. Randall Casino near Pickstown
Spirit Lake Casino at Devil's Lake
Dakota Magic Casino near Hankinson
Mississippi Belle II/Wild Rose in Clinton
Jackpot Junction near Morton
Prairie's Edge near Granite Falls
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December 5 , 2006
Silverado Stud® Poker went into Prairie's Edge Casino near Granite Falls, MN..
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the Argus Leader
placing any bills in a slot machine or chips on a table, two 24-year-old
Sioux Falls men recently hit a whopper of a casino jackpot.
Chris Karr and Shayn Damm have invented a new poker-style table game that
is being played at two South Dakota casinos and being considered by several
The rollout of the game comes at a very lucky time - when poker tournaments
have become popular fare on several cable TV channels. It also is a time
when gambling has become a popular form of entertainment for many Americans.
The two men got the idea for the game while sitting in a small ice fishing
shack on Lake Sinai near Brookings.
"It was a cold day in January 2003," recalled Karr. "And
we did not catch a thing."
So they started doing what many ice fishermen do while waiting for something
to hit their lines - they played cards to pass the time while watching
their lines. Suddenly, inspiration hit Karr, and he started telling Damm
about an idea he'd just gotten for a unique game that is a blend of five-card
stud and three-card poker.
Over the next few months, they charged ahead with the idea, refining the
game's rules and protecting it with trademark and copyright filings. They
had to invest time and money to cover all the bases, but it turned out
to be one swell gamble.
Damm said he still wasn't sure it was going to work until June 15.
That's when the Royal River Casino in Flandreau changed one of its eight
card-playing tables from blackjack to Silverado Stud. Dealers who had
been quietly training in a back room suddenly brought the game to life,
and soon the table was full of curious gamblers. The table now gets steady
play, and on most evenings, all seven seats are full of women and men
hoping for one of the game's big payouts.
Karr is no stranger to the Royal River Casino. He's been a blackjack and
poker dealer for more than three years and still works several shifts
a week there. Patrons proudly point him out to Silverado Stud newcomers
as one of the game's co-inventors.
Damm works for Wells Fargo Bank, fixing problems with customer accounts.
But in most of the other hours they are awake, they are making calls,
writing e-mails and making personal visits to other casinos, trying to
tell them about their new game. Word about the game also is spreading
like a South Dakota grass fire by the many players who like it.
"We want to get to the point where this game is known all across
the Midwest ," Damm said.
Giving game a try
Pat Wingo was visiting family in Nebraska and decided to visit Royal River
Casino for a day. An avid fan of three-card poker, she spotted Silverado
Stud and decided to give it a try.
"I like playing it, but I haven't won," said Wingo, 63, who
lives in Seagraves , Texas .
Nevertheless, she kept placing her bets down and hoping for a good-sized
win. After about an hour, she decided luck was not with her. But she hadn't
soured on the game.
"I'll play it again," she said.
Since the game came to the Dakota Sioux Casino near Watertown , Linda
Schmeling has played it frequently. But other than a full house on one
occasion, the 52-year-old Watertown resident hasn't hit a big-money hand.
She has, however, stayed even moneywise.
Some are skeptical when they sit down - especially if they lose a few
hands to start.
"I hate this game; I hate this game," said 78-year-old Warren
Gilchrist of Huron, frowning as the dealer took away more chips. "I
make some bad decisions."
And just then his luck changed, and he didn't even realize it until he
was being paid for a 3-4-5 straight on the three-card side.
"I've got to pay more attention to this game," said Gilchrist,
a retired banker who found the game at Dakota Sioux. "And I think
I like it more now."
When the dealer turned over two cards as community cards, 66-year-old
Debrah Helmke at Dakota Sioux shouted.
"Everybody is a winner on that hand," she said. "Now we
need to do that two times in a row."
And that's what happened.
Money for nothing
Shawn Ohlsen, the 28-year-old manager of card tables at the Dakota Sioux
casino near Watertown , said it's one of the best new games he's ever
seen or heard about.
"I haven't played yet because I work here, but I'm going to have
to get over to Flandreau to give it a try," Ohlsen said. "Some
guys will walk in and play just $20 to start and will walk off with $400.
Some get lucky."
Ohlsen said the new game's success has him racking his brain trying to
come up with a card-game idea of his own. He said it's not hard to envy
the fact that Karr and Damm will have a continual stream of money for
the game from casinos that choose to pay them monthly for a right to use
"Once you get going on something like this, you can do nothing and
make a lot of money," Ohlsen said.
Karr and Damm aren't satisfied with what one game can produce. They already
have had a variation of Silverado Stud with some higher payouts approved
by South Dakota gaming officials, and they hope to create a company that
gets into all sorts of investments.
they hope to have enough money to buy some real estate, including farmland,
which they would want to lease. And they want the property to have a small
More ice fishing, one would wager. Gotta have someplace to go to get those