Virginia City, Nevada: The Suicide Table

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Bonanza Saloon

Address:
27 C St., Virginia City, NV
Directions:
Bonanza Saloon. Downtown. On the east side of C St, just north of Union St.
Phone:
775-583-6005
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The Suicide Table

An old faro table where many gamblers lost everything and killed themselves!

Roadsideamerica.com Report... [03/22/2010]

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The Suicide Table

There was an explosion in the kitchen of this casino in 2019, and the table has been moved temporarily. There are some very cool carriages in the casino now during reconstruction.

[Diane Dye Hansen, 03/26/2022]
The Suicide Table

I've been to Virginia City many times since I turned 21. Almost all gambling is gone, which is fine -- I don't really gamble -- but what took its place is store after store of the same antiques and novelties. Really made me kinda sad. I used to enjoy coming here, but it just seems so lifeless now.

[Ann and David, 10/14/2018]

The Old Globe.

1880 World Globe At Delta Saloon

This old world globe "is now valued in excess of $100,000," according to its sign.

[Tara Riess, 07/05/2017]

The Globe is in the same Virginia City saloon as the town's notorious "Suicide Table."

Suicide Table billboard.

The Suicide Table

About thirty-minutes outside of Reno, Nevada awaits Virginia City, a town claimed by many to be the most haunted burg in the U.S.!

If such an ominous reputation weren't enough, Virginia City is also known as the birthplace of the historic Comstock Load; a silver yield so great that ore discovered in the region during the mid-1800s comprised of less than fifty-percent purity was used to pave the town's streets! Talk about decadence. To this day, the main thoroughfares (A, B and C Streets) of the minute hamlet still gleam in the sun.

On your way into Virginia City, you'll pass at least a half-dozen signs interspersed along the two-lane road for a tourist attraction known as "The Suicide Table."

Located at the back of the Delta Saloon, the table is a Faro (the popular gambling game of the day) accoutrement with a macabre history. Supposedly, Black Jake (former owner of the ol' Delta) shot himself dead at the table back in the 1800s after losing a life savings one evening. Subsequent to Jake, two other owners purportedly killed themselves at this little "Gambling Gateway to Hell," for the same reason.

As if this string of suicides wasn't enough to convince gamblers this particular table was cursed, Black Jake's ghost itself, began showin' up, attempting to feed its money-hungry beast by playing hands, moving cards and chips and otherwise spooking mortal gamers attempting to "Buck the Tiger."

[Paul Bottini, 06/22/2008]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Silver QueenSilver Queen, Virginia City, NV - < 1 mi.
Bucket of Blood SaloonBucket of Blood Saloon, Virginia City, NV - < 1 mi.
The Way It Was MuseumThe Way It Was Museum, Virginia City, NV - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Cactus Building, Stagecoach, NV - 8 mi.

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