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Reno Casinos: Name The Place That Took Your Money!

Think you know your casinos? Let’s find out… We’ll show you a photo and give you a hint. Scroll to the bottom of the post for the answers. Think of us as the Mafia that runs the city — and don’t even try to cheat!

Circus Circus, Reno

This casino, which opened on the same day as the Sahara Reno, was originally going to be logging themed. Yes, nothing says gambling glamor like lumberjacks and flannel. Even though dogs are not allowed in the hotel proper, your four-pawed pal can check into a high roller’s suite (okay, kennel) at the onsite Hound Hotel. You can even check on him via webcam.

Silver Legacy, Reno

Think green and I’m not just referring to the money you can kiss goodbye. At this casino, the lighting is all compact fluorescent or LED, staff uniforms are made from recycled bottles, and the kitchen recycles their cooking oil. There are several other unique features, such as the 120 foot automated vintage mining rig smack in the middle of the property and Reno’s lone rum bar.

Harrah's, Reno

If you stop in here, you’re in good company. Sammy Davis Jr. and Bill Cosby have performed at this casino. The original version opened in 1937 and its owner was well known for his extensive car collection. This is a AAA Three Diamond hotel that extends a warm welcome to the glbt community and proudly partners with just about every gay organization out there. One of their slogans is: ‘be yourself, it’s a good bet.’

Eldorado, Reno

Voted as ‘the luckiest place to gamble’ for two years running, this casino has a Swarovski crystal store and makes its own microbrew on site. In fact they take food seriously here. We’re talking homemade pasta and gelato and don’t forget the award-winning martini bar (yes, alcohol is a food group when we’re talking gambling). It all makes sense when you consider that the Carano family secured part of the plot for the casino via a land exchange with a butcher.

Cal Neva, Reno

This casino building covers two city blocks and it has been open for forty-five years. Literally. It has closed only once – when J.F.K. was assassinated. But don’t call it old-fashioned. If you search online for images of this place, photos emerge of bikini-clad women wrestling in an over-sized kiddie pool, filled with green goo. Don’t ask. I sure didn’t. This budget friendly option has no resort fees.

The answers:

  1. Circus Circus.  This one doesn’t count because the name was on the sign.
  2. Silver Legacy
  3. Harrah’s
  4. Eldorado
  5. Club Cal Neva


Lane & Juliet

The writing and photography team behind Southwest Compass, the travel blog for the American Southwest.



I got two right. I’m pretty proud of myself. I wasn’t in Vegas very long the one time I went. Just long enough to elope. 😉
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Elope? That’s the best reason to hit Vegas. :)

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