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Our Story

The Biggest Little Family in the World

Eldorado Resorts Inc. is about family and people.

At Eldorado Resorts Inc., the patriarch of our family and our founder, Don Carano, has carved a niche in today's corporate casino world by stressing family values and people first. Yes, we're in the casino business, but what makes us special and what sets us apart is the belief that it's not just about having the best games, restaurants or entertainment. It's about personal customer service, making a difference and never forgetting the Carano family values and team approach, even as we continue to grow.

It All Adds Up

Our People

Don Carano

Don Carano - Founder

Don Carano was advised not to do it - from business associates and friends, each warned him against opening a brand-new hotel casino north of the train tracks intersecting downtown Reno. He was undeterred, the Eldorado Hotel Casino opened in 1973. The rest is history. Today the Eldorado has earned its highly-regarded reputation by emphasizing good old fashioned family values. Don believes that good things come from working together as a team, a family spirit that is reflected in everything the Eldorado brand represents - integrity, service and quality.

Gary Carano

Gary Carano - Chairman and CEO

At Eldorado Resorts, our T.E.A.M. - Together Everyone Achieves More, makes the difference. Born out of a value for people and a love of gaming's classic roots, we're a company brought together by a focus on detail like no other. From our games to our restaurants and our hotels to our racetracks, each location brings something unique and exciting to the table for a superior guest experience.

Gary Carano
Extended Family
Extended Family

The Eldorado Family

It's our belief that we're only as extraordinary as our people. When you visit an Eldorado property, we'll do our best to put a smile on your face, to go that extra mile, to make a difference and give you the personal service you deserve. You're not just a customer at Eldorado Resorts, you're part of our family, and we feel lucky to have you. We want to make your guest experience the best it can be.

Our History


Where It All Began

Eldorado Reno Opens

Eldorado circa 1973

Don Carano was advised not to do it, but builds a brand new hotel casino north of the tracks in Reno anyway. 282 guest rooms and a 10,000-square-foot gaming floor with 200 slots and 12 table games.


Entertainment and Events

Great Italian Festival

Eldorado Great Italian Festival

Kicking off with the first ever Great Italian Festival in 1980, the Eldorado is known for hosting some of Reno's most exciting events including the popular Brews, Blues and BBQ Festival in June as well as city-wide special events such as the Hot Air Balloon Races, Hot August Nights, Street Vibrations and many others.


Eldorado's First Video Slot Machine

Unveiling of La Strada

A nod to the Carano's heritage, La Strada quickly becomes the Eldorado's signature restaurant, offering authentic Northern Italian cuisine and pasta made fresh daily.

Make Reservations at La Strada

Eldorado Coffee Company

Eldorado is the first casino in the U.S. with its own roaster and and gourmet coffee bar. Coffee from around the country and the world is roasted fresh for guests.

The Brew Brothers

The Brew Brothers

The Eldorado is the first casino in the United States to operate its own microbrewery. Named Best Brewpub in America by Nightclub & Bar Magazine.


A Decade of Growth

Building on a Strong Foundation

By 1995, the Eldorado had grown to over 800 guest rooms, eight restaurants, an 80,000 square-foot gaming floor, a Poker room and a Race and Sports Book. Convention space, a 560-seat showroom, a 10-story parking garage and several new restaurants and bars are added to the mix as well.

Eldorado Spa Tower Debuts

Featuring luxurious suite amenities, the Spa Tower is built with panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the west and dazzling Reno city lights to the east.

Silver Legacy Resort Casino

Silver Legacy Breaking Ground

Eldorado's sister property in Reno opens. It is the result of a new partnership between the Eldorado Resort Casino and the MGM Mirage.

Eldorado Shreveport

Hollywood Casino becomes Eldorado. Part riverboat casino, the new property had 403 guest rooms and suites and four award-winning restaurants. It also features 30,000 square feet of gaming, with 1,500 machines, a Poker room and more.


Eldorado Resorts, INC.

Building a Strong Future

Eldorado Resorts and MTR Gaming Group, Inc., successfully complete their merger to become Eldorado Resorts, Inc., in the fall of 2014. Eldorado Resorts, Inc. includes six properties in five states.


Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Reno

Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Reno acquisitions in Fall of 2015. Eldorado Resorts, Inc. now includes seven properties in five states.