Reno Casino History: Monte Carlo and Fitzgerald’s Reno


In the past year, we have focused on casinos in Lake Tahoe and Laughlin besides Las Vegas. This week, we have decided to focus on some of the gaming properties in Reno, Nevada. Located on the other side of the state, Reno is called the biggest little city in the world.

 Before the well known Las Vegas casino Monte Carlo opened back in the 1990s, there was a Monte Carlo in Reno, Nevada that opened in 1974 and closed in 1995. Today, the Monte Carlo resort is called Diamond Casino. It is still open to this day. The Monte Carlo Casino was adjacent to a Holiday Inn hotel. Like many casinos of the past and today, free drink tickets existed for gamblers who visited the property. Gambling tickets for craps, keno, and nickels to play slots were also offered. You could present a $2 coupon at a blackjack table and win back $3 if your bet wins.

Though not related but a fun fact, there is actually a Monte Carlo Motel across the street from Circus Circus Reno which has been opened since 1978. The Circus exists in Reno too. Not just Las Vegas.

Below you can find the chips we have from Monte Carlo in Reno, Nevada below:






Monte Carlo Reno 300 chip set:

We have put together a brand new chip set from the Monte Carlo casino in Reno. You will receive 100 $1 chips, 100 $5 chips and 100 $25 chips. Please take note that the $1 and $5 chips are cancelled on one side. These chips are all mint condition and this set would look great for someone who has a vintage gaming room among other places. The price for the chip set is $449. If you are interested, click below to purchase the set.


Fitzgerald’s Reno:

It was in the middle of the 1970s that Lincoln Fitzgerald decided he wanted to construct another resort in Reno called Fitzerald’s Reno. Not be confused with the Fitzgerald’s in Las Vegas which came later, Fitzgerald’s Reno was a 16 story resort with well over 300 rooms. The price of the resort cost 16 million dollars back in the 1970s.

After the passing of Lincoln Fitzgerald, his wife sold off Fitzgerald’s Reno to Lincoln Management company for around 26 million dollars. In the Fitzgerald’s Gaming catalog of resorts, the casino was the last of the properties to be sold off after the company filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy back in 2000. In 2007, the resort became once again under private ownership and would end up closing in 2010. Today, it is a Whitney Peak Hotel Resort.

Below you can find our variety of chips from Fitzgerald’s Reno you can purchase clicking each picture:





We hope you enjoyed a little history of Reno casino resorts.

A great gift for the casino token collectors is this pricing and guidebook by author Dan Wickett. It can be purchased at the link: 

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