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Eldorado Resorts Mourns the Passing of Founder Don Carano

Reno, Nev. (Oct. 4, 2017) – Donald Louis Carano, founder of Eldorado Resorts Inc., passed away peacefully on October 3, 2017 surrounded by his family.   He was 85 years young. 

A pioneer in the gaming, law and wine industries, Mr. Carano was also an entrepreneur, hotelier, restaurateur, husband, father and grandfather. Don is celebrated as a family-oriented, passionate leader in his many businesses, including: Eldorado Resorts, Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, and the McDonald Carano law firm. He was also known throughout his life as a longtime supporter of philanthropic endeavors in both Reno and his wine country home in Geyserville, Alexander Valley, CA. 

A second-generation Italian-American, Don was born in Reno on October 17, 1931. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of San Francisco, followed by two years as an Officer in the United States Army.   

Returning to USF, Don graduated with honors from USF Law School and began his law practice in Reno. He was a founding member of the prestigious McDonald Carano law firm and was proud to maintain an “of counsel” relationship with the firm until his passing. 

In 1967, Don became a partner in the Boomtown Casino with his friends Bob Cashell and Bob McDonald.  In 1972, he became a co-owner of the Pioneer Inn on Virginia Street. along with long-time partner and friend, Jerry Poncia, and colleague John Lazovich.  
His true legacy began in 1973 when he opened the Eldorado Hotel Casino, the first major casino to open on Virginia Street north of the railroad tracks.  At that time, many considered this to be an extremely daring venture, but ultimately it was one that changed the profile of gaming in northern Nevada.  

In 1993, Don, in partnership with Mandalay Resorts / MGM Resorts, announced the opening of the Silver Legacy, the first mega-themed resort in Reno. 

Today, Don leaves behind a thriving Eldorado Resorts family legacy, with 21 properties in 11 states and over 13,000 team members. 

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Don Carano - Founder
Don Carano - Founder

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 believed that good things came from working together as a team, a family spirit that is reflected in everything the Eldorado brand represents - integrity, service and quality.

Gary Carano - Chairman and CEO

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 - Chairman and CEO
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Picture of the Carano 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.