Reno, Nevada, used to be the gambling capital of the United States at one time, until Las Vegas started taking over more in the late 50’s. Reno has always drawn a lot of gamblers from the San Francisco Bay Area, but the explosion of the newer Indian Casinos in California has taken a lot of that business away now.
Still though, Reno still plays a pretty significant role in the U.S. gambling landscape, and still has several large casinos that operate. One of these is the Eldorado Reno, a casino with a long history and one that has really grown over the years.
The Eldorado Reno was completed in 1973 by Don Carono, who was told that a casino wouldn’t work in this part of the city but went ahead with the project anyway. The casino started out fairly modestly, with 10,000 square feet of gaming space, 282 rooms, and 2 restaurants, but Carono ended up proving his detractors wrong and the hotel casino ended up being quite a success.
This led to the property being expanded several times since. The Eldorado now has grown to 815 rooms, 79,000 square feet of gaming space, a 10,000 square foot convention center, a 580 seat showroom, and 9 restaurants, and has remained of the major hotel casinos in the city.
The Carono family still owns the place, and founder Don has stepped down and his son Gary now runs the resort casino and the company. The success of the Eldorado Reno propelled the company, Eldorado Resorts, to expand, and they now own and operate 7 casinos across the country, including the Silver Legacy Reno and the Circus Circus Reno which are all connected with the Eldorado Reno.
In contrast to the corporate culture that dominates the Nevada casino industry, the Eldorado and its sister properties take a more personal approach to gaming and hospitality, emphasizing family values with both their staff and their guests, being anchored upon their love of gaming and their enjoyment of providing a high quality gambling destination to their many patrons.
The Features of the Eldorado Reno
The Reno gambling scene has seen some real expansion of late, but this doesn’t mean that they have unseated the more established properties like the Eldorado, who may not be as flashy or luxurious as the highest rated hotel casinos in town but make up for it with their experience and their long standing commitment to high quality service. This is certainly the case at the Eldorado.
The hotel may be older than some in Reno but it has been kept up to date, and the rooms here aren’t the most luxurious but they are still pretty nice, and at rates starting at $65 per night, they offer good value as well.
Rooms are offered in either a king or two queen format, with 3 different types, tower, deluxe, and luxury. The tower rooms are on the smaller side, 250 to 275 square feet, but feature nice furnishings, along with amenities such as an in room safe, hair dryer, and iron and ironing board. The deluxe and luxury rooms are a little bigger and a little nicer.
Rooms are available in both smoking and non smoking, and all guests get access to the fitness center here.
Suites are also available from 500 to 1500 square feet, and the higher end ones are a big step up in terms of luxury. The rates for the suites are reasonable as well, starting at $120 per night.
The dining options start with Roxy, which offers the finest cuts of steak and chops as well as seafood and soufflés. La Strada claims to have Reno’s most authentic Italian cuisine. The Prime Rib Grill serves up great prime rib and steaks.
Brew Brothers not only offers food but has Reno’s only microbrewery in house. Sushi Sake takes care of your sushi cravings. The Buffet offers an extensive selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.
Millies24 gives guests a place to meet, drink, and eat, around the clock. Pho Mien dishes out authentic Asian noodles, and The Eldorado Coffee Company serves coffee freshly roasted on site.
Guests can also take advantage of all of the dining options at the Eldorado’s connected sister resort casinos, as well as The Nugget 24 hour diner and a McDonalds a few steps away.
The showroom at the Eldorado features a rotation of popular live entertainment including many famous acts. There are also several bars on hand to catch some drinks and even some live entertainment.
The Casino at the Eldorado Reno
Like just about every casino, they have a rewards club here, in this case the Club Eldorado. They want to recognize and reward your play here and they consider theirs the premier players club in Reno, offering their players plenty of comps and free play.
Slot players will find 1,200 slot, video poker, and video keno machines on hand, with denominations ranging from a penny to $500. There is a wide selection of different machines here, from the classic 3 reelers right up to the latest video slot machines, with plenty of progressive jackpots.
Table game lovers will find 6 different types of casino table games on hand to enjoy, including Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Pai Gow Tiles, and Pai Gow Poker. These are the real classics and the ones that players love to play the most.
Their non smoking poker room rolls out limit and no limit Texas Holdem and Seven Card Stud in both cash and tournament formats. All the games here have a separate bad beat jackpot. The stakes are very accessible here, with $3/$6 limit Holdem and $1-$5 limit Stud, as well as $1/$2 and $3/$5 no limit Holdem.
Tournaments here run every day including deepstack tournaments. They also have a high hand payout every hour, in addition to other promotions that run, and this might not be that big of a poker room but there’s plenty of exciting action that takes place here.
The Eldorado also has a race and sports book with betting on all of the major sports as well as horse racing. There’s also two keno lounges with the best pay tables in Reno.
The Eldorado Reno has been around for more than 40 years now, and they use this experience along with a friendly family style atmosphere to provide casino players with a experience that not only is enjoyable but represents great value.