Eldorado Casino

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Eldorado Casino
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Location Henderson, Nevada
Address 140 S Water Street
Opening dateFebruary 15, 1961; 59 years ago (February 15, 1961)
Total gaming space17,756 sq ft (1,649.6 m2)
Notable restaurantsMariana's
The Cafe
Snack Bar
Casino typeLand-based
OwnerBoyd Gaming
Previous namesWheel Casino
Renovated in2007

The Eldorado Casino is a casino in Henderson, Nevada, owned and operated by Boyd Gaming.

The casino is 17,756 square feet (1,649.6 m2) and has 434 slot machines, a keno parlor, bingo parlor, and sports book.[1][2]


The Wheel Casino opened on February 15, 1961.[3]

By 1962, the Wheel was closed, and Paul Perry agreed to buy it. Attorney Bill Boyd represented him in the transaction, in exchange for a stake in the property. Boyd brought in other investors: a fellow lawyer, his aunt, and his father, Sam Boyd, general manager of the Mint.[4] They reopened it as the Eldorado Casino on July 1.[3]

Around 1965, they acquired the adjacent Royal Club, doubling the Eldorado's size.[5]

The Boyds took over ownership in 1966. Sam bought half of the property for $6,667 and Bill bought a quarter for $3,000, while another of the original investors, Joe Crowley kept the remaining quarter, until he was later bought out.[3] The Boyds tried to emphasize Henderson's small-town feel in operating the casino.[5]

A $1.5-million renovation in 1977 expanded the casino to 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2), to keep up with the town's growth.[3]

Boyd Gaming acquired the casino in 1993.[6] The company uses it as a training ground for executives, because its small size requires a hands-on management approach.[4]

In 2007, a $700,000 renovation was completed.[7]


  1. ^ Nonrestricted Square Footage Report (Report). Nevada Gaming Commission. January 13, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  2. ^ Nonrestricted Count Report (Report). Nevada Gaming Commission. April 16, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  3. ^ a b c d Lyle, Michael (June 26, 2012). "Henderson's Eldorado Casino to celebrate golden anniversary". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  4. ^ a b McGarry, Caitlin (June 30, 2012). "Eldorado still family business". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
  5. ^ a b Sheehan, Jack (1997). The Players: The Men Who Made Las Vegas. University of Nevada Press. p. 112. ISBN 978-0-87417-306-2. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  6. ^ Krane, Elliot S. (February 6, 1994). "Boyd's profits up". The Press of Atlantic City. via NewsBank. Retrieved 2012-07-01. (subscription required)
  7. ^ KLAS-TV newscast 2007-08-30 at 4:30PM

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