S.D. Admin. R. 20:18:15:30.11 - Variations of the play - Dead Man's Hand blackjack

Dead Man's Hand is a variation of the game of blackjack and must be dealt and played following the standard rules of blackjack except as follows:

(1) Dead Man's Hand blackjack is an optional bet for blackjack;
(2) Dead Man's Hand blackjack may only be played on tables displaying the Dead Man's Hand styled table layout. The game shall be played using one, two, five, six or eight standard 52-card decks;
(3) At the discretion of the retail licensee, any player who wishes to place a tip bet for the dealer on the Dead Man's Hand bet shall be paid at the same odds as the player's winning bet. The retail licensee may require tip bets to be in an even dollar amount and may limit the maximum amount of such tip bets;
(4) At the same time a player makes a standard blackjack bet, the player has an opportunity to make an additional optional bet in an even dollar amount known as the Dead Man's Hand. The minimum and maximum amounts of the Dead Man's Hand bet permitted shall be posted on the table signage and cannot be more than the original blackjack bet;
(5) If the player is playing more than one hand, the same number of Dead Man's Hand bets can be made. Any player that has made the Dead Man's Hand bet and are not dealt at least one ace or one eight on the player's initial first two cards loses the Dead Man's Hand bet;
(6) Any player who makes the Dead Man's Hand bet wins if one of the player's first two cards dealt is an ace or an eight or if the players first two cards are an ace and an eight shall be paid according to the posted pay table. A player also wins and shall be paid according to the posted pay table if the dealer has a blackjack and the player's first two cards are a pair of aces, or a pair of eights;
(7) Any player who has been dealt a pair of aces or a pair of eights can choose to split the hand. No additional Dead Man's Hand bet is required to split the hand. Splitting pairs shall be handled as follows:
(a) Standard house policy applies to splitting pairs;
(b) Players may split pairs up to three times for a maximum of four hands;
(c) If a player splits a pair of eights and then receives cards that bust the hand, the dealer shall remove the cards that busted the hand and leave the initial eights in a horizontal position. Once the player has completed taking hits, the dealer shall calculate the winning pay out according to the posted pay table and pay the player accordingly;
(d) A player shall be paid for the number of aces or eights, or both, which the player has been dealt when all splitting is done;
(e) If the player splits but does not receive any additional aces or eights, the player shall be paid for the initial pair of aces or eights according to the posted pay table;
(f) Depending on the pay table the retail licensee chooses to use, the objective of the game is to be dealt four sets of soft nineteens after splitting the player's initial pair of aces or eights; and
(g) The game then continues to the next player;
(8) Any player who makes the Dead Man's Hand bet and is dealt a pair of aces or a pair of eights may choose not to split the pair and complete the hand according to the player's preference. This hand shall be paid double the payout for just one ace or one eight on the player's first two cards according to the posted pay table; and
(9) Pay table:

Pay table 1

Pay table 2

Pay table 3

Pay table 4

Pay table 5

4 -- Sets of A-8's

500 to 1

500 to 1

3 -- Sets of A-8's

250 to 1

250 to 1

2 -- Sets of A-8's

50 to 1

50 to 1

100 to 1

100 to 1

50 to 1

1 -- Set of A-8's

14 to 1

4 to 1

4 to 1

4 to 1

5 to 1

A-A or 8-8 with only A-8 after split

3 to 1

4 to 1

20 to 1

20 to 1

4 to 1

A-A or 8-8 no split

3 to 1

4 to 1

4 to 1

4 to 1

4 to 1

Any A or 8 (first 2 cards)

3 to 2

2 to 1

2 to 1

2 to 1

2 to 1

Pair of aces or Pair of 8's and Dealer Blackjack

50 to 1

50 to 1

50 to 1

50 to 1

50 to 1

Notes

S.D. Admin. R. 20:18:15:30.11
41 SDR 7, effective July 29, 2014; 42 SDR 146, effective 5/3/2016

General Authority: SDCL 42-7B-4(3), 42-7B-7.

Law Implemented: SDCL 42-7B-4(3), 42-7B-7, 42-7B-15.

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