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Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall is Dawson City’s world famous non-profit gambling hall and named after bona fide dance hall queen, Diamond Tooth Gertie. Dawson City is in the middle of the Yukon wilderness – its name synonymous with the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. During the Gold Rush, in order to distinguish herself from numerous Klondike kings and queens, Gertie Lovejoy wedged a sparkling diamond between her two front teeth.
The casino is less than 20km from Dawson City Airport – heading south west along the Klondike Highway. There are a number of hotels close to the casino including the Eldorado, Bombay Peggy’s Inn and Pub and the Aurora Inn – cheaper options include the Dawson City Bunkhouse and the White Ram Manor.
Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall, for adults 19 and over only, presents nightly live entertainment and high-energy performances seven days a week from May until late September. It is a re-creation of an 1898 saloon, complete with small-time gambling, honky-tonk piano and dancing girls.
The casino’s winnings go toward town restoration, and at weekends it can get packed as locals jostle with tourists to support preservation. Replete with cancan dancers and a singing master of ceremonies named Gertie, Canada’s oldest gambling hall gives you a chance to re-live the heady days of Dawson’s Gold Rush era.
With three nightly shows by Gertie and her Gertie Girls, Diamond Tooth Gertie’s is a fixture of fun-filled entertainment where patrons can enjoy a beverage while playing. The 8,000 sq ft casino offers blackjack, roulette, live poker, American style Roulette and an array of glittering slot machines.
Daily cash games include Texas Hold ‘em or Omaha. Weekend Hold’em tournaments are held (sign-up by 2.30p.m. Saturdays and Sundays starting 16 June). No limit tournaments are held every Tuesday (sign up by 7.30p.m.). Both tournaments have a $75 buy-in and $25 re-buys. There is an entrance fee of $10.
If you need some extra cash to play in the casino or just fancy a break, try panning for gold in the creek that launched the biggest gold rush the world has ever known at Claim #6 on Bonanza Creek – just 18km from downtown Dawson City!