Reno's origins are deeply routed in gambling. Even the miners who came here to look for gold and silver were taking a gamble on whether they'd find it or not.
Gambling in Reno was legalized in 1879. In 1910 gambling was banned by progressive groups, and the ban remained in effect for 21 years until the government decided to lift it for business purposes, and to attract visitors during the Great Depression. During that 21 years when it was illegal, back-alley gambling flourished. Casino gambling, which is mistakenly attributed to Las Vegas, actually developed in Reno.
Today, Reno hosts 14,000 slot machines, 600 first-class gaming tables and world poker tour championships, enough even for the most avid gambler.
Gambling has become such a part of Reno's culture that the University of Nevada in Reno established the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming in 1989, the first program of its kind in the country.
Below is a list of casinos located in downtown Reno Nevada.