Though it may not be as famous as Las Vegas, Reno has a booming gambling business. It is called “The Biggest Little City in the World” and is located in Nevada, further up north from Las Vegas and just 35 miles from Lake Tahoe. Reno is rife with casinos, from massive casino and spa resorts down to cosy video poker bars and slot machines in gas stations. In fact, the gambling industry has played a large part in the economy and development of the city, and it all dates back to 1931 when the state of Nevada legalised gambling. Nowadays, Reno is home to some of the largest casino establishments in the world, even rivalling its more famous inter-state counterpart, Las Vegas.
Here, we will look at the top casinos in Reno and what they have to offer.
1. Peppermill Casino
Starting with the largest, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino has over 105,000 square feet of casino floor space. It is owned by Peppermill Casino Inc and also features 10 restaurants and over 1,600 hotel rooms. Peppermill Reno was opened in 1971 and originally it was a small coffee shop and lounge. By 1979 it was expanded with a small casino and motor lodge. The second expansion came in 1986 when a hotel and convention centre was added to its facilities, and in 1999 Peppermill Reno was enlarged once more with a $400 million construction project. Nowadays, it is among the biggest establishments in the US and one of only 22 casinos that has over 100,000 square feet of floor space in the country.
Inside the casino, there are all sorts of games and tables. Peppermill Reno has over 1,700 gaming machines, including slots and video poker. It also features table games, such as Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, 3-Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Baccarat, and more. There is a large Poker Room which everything from casual games to high-limit tables. For sports bettors, there is also a race and sports book, which features over 100 HD screens – the biggest of which span 10 feet wide.
2. Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
The Grand Sierra Resort has the second largest floor space in Reno, at just over 103,000 square feet. It is a hotel and casino that is located in downtown Reno and is owned by the investment group The Meruelo Group. It was originally known as the MGM Grand Reno and belonged to the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. The casino was opened in 1975 and belonged to MGM until 1986, and then changed hands two more times before it came into the ownership of the Meruelo Group. It has a large hotel that has 1,990 rooms across 27 floors. There are also 12 restaurants, including the Charlie Palmer Steak – owned by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer.
The Grand Sierra Resort has a movie theatre, nightclubs, swimming pools, a golf range and an ice rink. The main feature of this establishment is its massive casino, which is home to 1,200 machines and over 40 table games. The table games include the likes of Jackpot Hold'Em, Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, Crfap, Pay Gow Tiles, and more. For high rollers, there is also an Infinity High Limit Room, that is packed with table games and high limit slot machines. Poker players will have plenty of games to sit at, from the lowest stakes $4/$8 Limit Hold'Em Daily to the $100 buy-in Friday and Saturday evening tournaments. The resort also has the largest sportsbook in Reno, which covers over 9,000 square feet.
3. Silver Legacy Resort and Casino
Silver Legacy Resort and Casino is also located in downtown Reno. It is owned by Caesars Entertainment, which owns over 50 casinos including some of the largest establishments in the country. Silver Legacy has over 93,000 square feet of casino floor space and over 1,700 hotel rooms. It was opened in 1995 and the main building is the tallest in Reno, standing at over 410 feet tall. Silver Legacy also offers all sorts of bars, coffee shops and restaurants, including the famous Ruth's Chris Steak House and the Pearl Oyster Bar & Grill.
The casino has over 40 table games and over 1,000 slots, and these slots vary from penny slots to $100-a-spin machines. Table games include Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and Baccarat. For poker players, Silver Legacy offers a wide variety of games, such as Pai Gow Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold'Em, Let it Ride, 3-Card Poker, and many more. The sports and race bars at Silver Legacy offer guests a premium experience, and for major races or sports events, guests should book in advance if they want to find tables.
4. Legends Bay Casino
Legends Bay Casino is the newest entry on this list and was opened in 2022. It is part of the Outlets at Legends in Sparks, close to Reno. The retail centre lies within the metropolitan area of Reno and is home to over 45 retail stores. It also has a large cinema which includes 13 screens and is the only IMAX in the Reno area. Legends Bay Casino has its fair share of visitors, and as it is a retail store, it has traffic that rivals some of the other resorts on this list.
In terms of casino floor space, Legends Bay sits high up on the list. It has 80,000 square feet dedicated to gaming, on which there are over 650 slot machines. There are also video poker machines with extra large screens and a high-limit area for the high rollers. The casino has ten table games, where there are games of Roulette, Craps, Blackjack, Pai Gow and Ultimate Texas Hold'Em. Sports bettors will find betting terminals all throughout the casino where they can place their bets. There is also a sportsbook and players using the Circa Sports Mobile app can enter competitions and win massive prizes.
5. Eldorado Resort Casino
Eldorado Resort Casino is also owned by Caesars Entertainment and was opened in 1972. This casino has 70,000 square feet of floor space and features an on-site microbrewery, The Brew Brothers. The hotel has more than 4,100 guest rooms and there are many top-range restaurants and attractions. Aside from the casino, Eldorado Resort Casino also houses a showroom, that has a capacity of 580 and hosts music concerts, stand-up comedy, theatre shows, and much more.
The casino has over 1,000 slot machines and includes popular games such as Starbar, River Dragon and Wicked Wheel. Special attention is also given to poker, and there are all sorts of games including a number of progressive jackpot poker games. Eldorado also has more than 35 tables that serve Blackjack, Baccarat, Roulette and Craps.
6. Circus Circus Reno Casino
Circus Circus Reno is yet another casino in Reno that is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment. Along with the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino and the Eldorado Resort Casino, these three hotel casinos are the core of the linked establishments owned by Caesars Entertainment in Reno. Circus Circus Reno was constructed in 1957 and was originally a department store. It was reopened as a casino in 1978 and was owned by Mandalay Resort Group and MGM Resorts International before it was acquired by Caesars Entertainment.
It has just over 65,000 square feet of gaming space, which has over 1,400 slots and electronic table games. This makes up for the modest number of tables at the casino. The electronic table games include Ministar Roulette, Video Blackjack, The Diamond Dice Generator and The Big Wheel Six. At the tables, players can try out Blackjack, Roulette or Pai Gow Poker.
7. Atlantis Casino Reno
“Atlantis” or Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, is one of the most popular destinations for tourists and gamblers alike. This establishment may not be as large as the Peppermill Casino or the Grand Sierra Casino, but it pulls a lot of weight in the industry. Atlantis was originally called the Golden Road Motor Inn, which was opened in 1972 and was a small family-run business. The business expanded from being a 142 motel and went through several incarnations as a hotel before it was acquired by the Monarch Casino and Resort Inc, and was renamed “Atlantis”. Funnily enough, the Farahi family still own the business and John Farahi is the CEO of Monarch Casino and Resort Inc.
Atlantis features over 64,000 square feet of gaming space that houses a wide range of slots, table games, keno, poker and progressive jackpot games. There are over 1,400 slots and video poker machines, of which over 700 are penny slot machines. Those who want to play for bigger stakes can head to the High Limit area, where there are Blackjack, Baccarat and all sorts of poker tables.
8. Nugget Casino Resort
Nugget Casino Resort is located in Sparks, and the main building has two 29-storey towers. The establishment was first opened in 1955 and was known for its Circus Room. The prime attraction at the Nugget was Bertha the Elephant, who entertained guests with her shows from 1962 to the late 1990s. Nowadays, the Nugget has all sorts of attractions and brings in masses of guests each year. There are many notable restaurants on the premises, including the Island Grill and the Rotisserie Buffet. The Nugget also includes a Celebrity Showroom and the Rose Ballroom – where there are top-range theatrical and musical productions.
Visitors can spend hours exploring over 50,000 square feet of casino floor space, where there are over 900 slots and a large variety of table games. The Nugget also hosts regular Keno and Bingo sessions, with everything from novice games for newcomers to massive tournaments that offer up to $5,000 to the winner. Sports and race bettors can make themselves comfortable in the luxurious sports book, and the Nugget is partnered with Willliam Hill so they know they will be getting premium quality bets.
9. Baldini's Sports Casino
Baldini's Sports Casino can be found in Sparks and has over 40,000 square feet of casino floor space. This casino is a hotspot for gamers and sports fans. There are two bars, the Casino Bar and the Over Under Bar which offer all sorts of drinks, cocktails, and draft or domestic beers. Service is 24/7 and anyone can stop by and take in the action on any of the gigantic HD screens. It has two top diners, the Empire Diner and the Brickyard Grill, which serve premium food and have all sorts of specials and deals.
The casino is home to over 500 slots and video poker games, and it constantly updates its content to follow the latest trends in the industry. In addition to slots, Baldini's has live Keno, with massive prizes. Sports fans are also in for a treat, as Baldini's has its own sports betting app that is easy to sign up for and features bets on local teams and sporting events.
10. Club Cal Neva Casino
Club Cal Neva used to be a hotel casino, but in 2004 the hotel was closed. The establishment was opened in 1962 and is one of the most important historic casinos in Northern Nevada. Named “Reno's Best Bet” it offers visitors a unique dining experience as well as top-quality entertainment.
Club Cal Neva has over 39,000 square feet dedicated to games and despite its relatively small floor space, it is packed with over 840 slots and more than 40 table games. The sportsbook is also highly popular, and bets are provided by William Hill. Next to the sportsbook is the Sports Grill, which serves a great variety of foods for unbeatable prices, and to top it off, there are numerous HD TVs to watch all the action.