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Gambling in Reno

A city bordering with Sparks, populated by “Reonites”, and neighbor to an oasis-like region called Lake Tahoe, sounds like a science fiction fantasy. Well, anything in and around Las Vegas is not too far from a fairy tale, but the city of Reno is quite real and second only to Bright Light City in its popularity amongst visitors to the state of Nevada: Reno’s 700,000 permanent residents welcome each year a tourist capacity almost twice as big as its own population.

A lesser known fact is that only is the last decades Las Vegas took the crown as “the gaming capital of the world”. Until the 1960’s any American gambler knew that Reno, Nevada is the place for his or hers gaming vacation. The interstate highways from California into Reno were packed on both directions with weekend gamblers coming to and from Reno and its fabulous casinos and hotels.

Though Reno’s casinos have stepped aside to give Las Vegas’ mega resorts and casinos the center stage, Reno’s old-fashioned and more demure casinos still serve as a very popular gambling spot thanks to the nostalgic feel. Many still prefer Reno’s more “homey” welcoming rather than Vegas’ giant structures.

Besides serving as the home for one of the world’s best-known gaming corporations, Harrah’s Entertainment, Reno is also host to several other well-known resorts: the Grand Sierra, the Atlantis, and the Peppermill. Nestled within its street is also the headquarters of International Game Technology, from where slot machines are designed and manufactured and then sent out to casinos worldwide. Within some of these complexes held Reno’s famous and infamous annual events such as motorcycle gatherings, cook-offs, and balloon races, which draw tourists (gamblers as well as non-gamblers) to the city’s streets.

Check out this beautiful time lapse video from The Great Reno Balloon Race 2007:

The unrepentant gambling-based city, is also home to quite of bit of professional sports activity. A recent downtown makeover has also included the construction of several state-of-the-art stadiums and ball parks which will host some of the city’s already existing baseball and football teams, as well as upcoming expansion teams. This is, of course, in addition to the long running fringe sports already nestled comfortably within Reno’s borders, most notably seen in the city’s passion for bowling which takes place in the National bowling stadium.

Reno has also undoubtedly kept up with the times in terms of nighttime entertainment. Celebrity performers are no strangers to Reno’s showrooms which headline singers and performers on their stages year round. Either within these venues themselves or not far from are Reno’s wide selection of world-class dinning options from good old American-style grill to Near-East cuisine.

Reno’s club owners have followed the recent trend of pool-side clubs and now offer the late-night bar goers the opportunity to cool their feet in the pool while their Martini is being prepared. The most popular of this new style of bar is the Grand Sierra Resort. Nightlife services as a whole have received some serious focus from the city as its local governments has made great efforts to keep its youth from moving away and to attract other young professionals to the city as well.

A wonderful addition for your next vacation trip to Las Vegas? absolutely. A worthy alternative for the visitor wishing to avoid the masses at over pupulated casinos? Undoubtedly. Reno has successfully retained its place as the “biggest little city” in the world, and is quite proud of its title as this video shows:

May 31, 2012 - Offer valid as of date published. T&Cs apply.