By Steve Beauregard
Although the vast majority of both casinos and gaming revenue are found in Las Vegas and its surrounding suburbs, the rest of Nevada has its share of casinos found spread out across the state.
According to the Nevada Gaming Control Board, there are, (as of January 1, 2016), 335 casinos in the state of Nevada (including Las Vegas). This is up 10 casinos from 2015. The Gaming Control Board defines these “non-restricted” casinos as businesses with table games and/or more than 15 slot or video poker machines. In other words, a gas station with two video poker machines does not count as a casino in our tally.
These casinos in the state of Nevada brought in a total of $11.1 billion, up slightly from the $11,018,688,000 from 2014. The 2015 revenue matches the $11.1 billion collected by Nevada casinos in 2013.
Nevada has four main casino areas, Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe and Laughlin, along, with several other, smaller gaming towns, such as Mesquite, Primm, Carson City, Wendover, and a few other smaller towns making up the difference.
The state gaming control board doesn’t break down the number of casinos by town. Instead, they sort all of the Nevada casinos into several different reporting areas. Here’s a breakdown of the number of casinos in Nevada:
Home to Las Vegas, Clark County carries most of the weight when it comes to the state of Nevada’s casino gaming revenue. With over 8,000 square miles of land, this large county is not only home to the casinos in Las Vegas and surrounding suburbs, but also includes the gambling towns of Mesquite, Laughlin, and Primm.
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Of the state of Nevada’s $11.1 billion in casino gaming revenue in 2015, $9.6 billion of that, or 86%, came from Clark County.
There are 171 casinos in Clark County, broken down as follows:
Downtown Las Vegas (including Fremont Street Casinos): 19 casinos
Las Vegas Strip – 42
North Las Vegas – 11
Boulder Strip – 31
Mesquite – 6
Mesquite – 5
Other – 52
In terms of number of casinos, Washoe County is Nevada’s second biggest gambling center, with 47 different casinos. There are 21 casinos in Reno, itself, the gambling center of Washoe County. The county’s total of 41 is broken down as follows:
Reno: 21 casinos
North Shore of Lake Tahoe: 5
Other areas of the county: 10
Casinos in Washoe, Nevada had $752 million in gaming revenue in 2014. This accounts for 6.82% of all of the gaming revenue in the state.
Interestingly enough the north shore and south shores of Lake Tahoe are in two different counties, in different casino reporting areas. However the south shore has 5 casinos as well.
This small county (population wise) on the western part of the state is home to 10 casinos. All of these are in Fallon, including the Fallon Nugget, Stockman’s Casino and Churchill Springs.
There are just five casinos here, all in the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, or as they call it, “Tahoe South.”
These five casinos include the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Harrah’s, Harvey’s, Lakeside Inn, and MontBlue.
Twice the land size of spacious Clark County, Elko County is rural and pretty empty. It occupies the north east corner of the state, and borders both Utah and Idaho.
Of the 25 casinos in Elko county, six of the casinos are in Elko.
There are also six casinos in Wendover, Nevada (near the Utah border), along with 18 others in various parts of county, including Jackpot near the Idaho border.
This area is in Douglas County, where the south shore of Lake Tahoe is, but does not include Lake Tahoe casinos. It mostly includes casinos and gaming licenses in Nevada’s state capitol, Carson City. The Carson Valley area is home to 20 casinos.
White Pine County
On the eastern size, with about the same land size of Clark County, White Pine County has just about 10,000 residents, or roughly the number of people in the MGM Grand at any given time.
There are five casinos in this county, including one I played at in Ely, the Hotel Nevada & Gambling Hall, where they opened up a blackjack table for me, since I was the only person in the casino.
Ten casinos call this area of northwest Nevada home, most of which are found in the town of Winnemucca – a popular stop when driving the seemingly endless flat miles of Nevada’s Interstate 80.
These are all smaller casinos, including Pete’s Gambling Hall and the Winners Inn. There are only 29 quarter slot machines in the entire county.
Although it has 19 gambling locations, (including the Pioneer Crossing Casino and the Silverado in Fernley), this area is known more for scoring of a different kind.
The county is home to legal brothels, like the infamous Moonlite Bunny Ranch. As for the casinos, Lyon County has only 13 different 25 cent slot machines in the county.
The largest county in Nevada, (and the 3rd largest in the United States), Nye County has 11 casinos, most of which are in Pahrump, including the Gold Town Casino and Pahrump Nugget.
In case you are counting, we are 12 casinos off of our 335 casinos in Nevada. The remaining 12 are smaller joints spread out across rural areas in the state.
Miscellaneous facts about casinos in Nevada that may only interest me.
* Overall, the state has 681 poker tables. This is down from 806 poker tables in 2013.
* The state has 2,672 blackjack tables.
* Of the 335 casinos in the state, 253 have annual gaming revenues of $1 million or more.
* Of these 253 bigger hotels and casinos, the average occupancy rate for the hotel in 2015 was 83.55%. The state of Nevada’s busiest month for casinos was July, when the occupancy rate soared to 87.92%, while the slowest month was December, with a 74.54% occupancy rate.
* The average room rate for these 253 casino/hotels was $124.11, up 4.8% from the $118.33 per night rate in 2014.
* The state of Nevada is home to 149,374 legal, operating slot machines, as of January 1st, 2016.