Review written by Sophie Couard, March 9, 2016.
I always enjoyed the Eldorado in downtown Reno, which opened in 1973 and is right next to the famous sign: The biggest little city in the world. It is actually my favourite casino. But there is another nearby hotel-casino that I like a lot as well. I am talking about the Silver Legacy, the neighbour on Virginia Street.
Both establishments are operated by the same group that also handles other gambling halls and several racetracks in the United States. The casinos in both complexes are the same size and offer approximately the same range of games. However, the Silver Legacy is 22 years younger, as it opened in 1995, and the hotel is twice as big.
So yes, the Eldorado will always have a special place in my heart, but regardless of that, the neighbour is just as good and maybe even a little bit better.
A very generous casino
Let us start this review by looking directly at the Casino in the Silver Legacy. The casino is stretched over an area of about 7,500 m², and it is one of the largest gambling halls in Reno. Additionally, it also offers more attractive payout rates than most of its competitors in the city. This is especially noticeable with video poker, as there are dozens of devices with return to player rates over 99%, and there are even some deuces wild games with payout rates of up to 100.76%.
The slot machines
There are over 1,400 devices from 1 cent up to $100 available at the Silver Legacy. You can play:
- slots with 3, 4 or 5 reels
- games that give you the chance to win a progressive jackpot,
- electronic European roulette from 25 cents,
- electronic craps from $1,
- video poker,
- video keno.
Some of the games are very popular as well, and you can find:
- Aladdin's Fortune 3D,
- Ultra Stack Bison II,
- Britney Spears,
- Celtic Courage,
- Lucky Larry's Lobstermania 3.
There is also an area for non-smokers with hundreds of devices.
The table games
There are around 80 tables with traditional casino games. Among them are:
- blackjack from $5 to $1.000,
- pai gow poker from $5 to $3,000,
- pai gow tiles from $10 to $3,000,
- baccarat from $10 to $3,000,
- craps de from $10 to $3,000,
- American roulette from $5 to $3,000,
- three card poker from $5 to $3,000,
- let it ride from $5 to $3,000,
- ultimate texas hold’em from $5 to $3,000.
The keno lounge is located in a loft with comfortable seating, and is open from 7 am to 11 pm from Sunday to Thursday and until midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. You can choose between two variants of this famous Chinese lottery game.
There is also a relatively small race & sports betting area, which looks a little dated, but you can bet on different sporting events and matches. Among the available competitions are:
- American football (pro and college),
- male basketball (pro and college),
- female basketball,
- car racing,
As it is always the case in Nevada, all gaming areas are accessible to everyone. However, if you wish to play the games you will have to be an adult, that is to say, you have to be of at least 21 years.
Everything available for a pleasant stay
Of course, it is the casino that made us visit the Silver Legacy. However, we must not forget that the resort also offers a selection of other activities aside from gambling. You can find a hotel, restaurants and various entertainment facilities.
The hotel of the establishment offers 1,720 rooms in total. The cheapest room costs $59 a night on weekdays and $99 on weekends. There are also 3 additional types of rooms which cost an extra $10 per night. There are also multiple types of suites with prices starting from $109 during the week and $179 on weekends. The more fortunate among us can also opt for a penthouse suite from $5,000 or $10,000 per night. These suites are often reserved for high rollers and VIPs.
There are also 6 restaurants:
- the Sterling's Seafood & Steakhouse offering a fine selection of seafood and meat dishes,
- the Pearl Oyster Bar & Grill specialised in sea food,
- the Hussong's Cantina-Taqueria offering a tex-mex cuisine,
- the Flavors! offering an all you can eat buffet with authentic American, Italian and Mexican specialties,
- the Cafe Central offering contemporary and Asian cuisine,
- the Triple Play Sports Grill offering Chinese noodles, pizza and burgers.
You can also have a drink at :
- Sips Coffee and Teas.
You can also find the following leisure facilities :
- a theatre,
- a comedy club (Laugh Factory),
- multiple bars and lounges (Aura Ultra Lounge, Blender Bar, Rum Bullions, Drinx and Silver Baron Lounge),
- a spa (Health Spa),
- a swimming pool,
- a hair dresser (LuLu Hair Salon),
- a massage salon (Massage Bliss),
- half a dozen shops.
In conclusion, I can say that the Silver Legacy is becoming one of Reno's best resorts, just like the neighbour Eldorado. It offers attractive leisure facilities, good restaurants and a nice hotel. And the casino is very good as well, as you can find many different games and the payout rates of many games are also very interesting.