Pokeraddict
Posted by Pokeraddict
Aug 24, 2015

Introduction

Silver Legacy is located in downtown Reno.  It is a sister casino to Eldorado, its next door neighbor on Virginia Street.  The casino floor is similar in size to Eldorado.  So is the game selection.  The Silver Legacy is 23 years newer than Eldorado.  It opened in 1995.  It hotel is twice as big as its neighbor’s.

Casino at Silver Legacy

The casino at Silver Legacy has a massive number of table games for the size of its gaming floor.  There are 18 Pai Gow Poker tables, including two separate pits for it and other Asian games.  The limits for Pai Gow Poker are $5 to $3,000.  There is $10 to $3,000 baccarat and Pai Gow Tiles in those pits.

There are seven craps tables with 3-4-5 times odds.  The Field pays triple on 12.  There is a Shoot to Win Craps machine with a $1 minimum bet.

There are five $5 double zero roulette tables.  There are many single zero heads up roulette machines that start at the quarter denomination.

There are more than a dozen proprietary poker games at Silver Legacy, all with a $5 minimum bet.  These include Three Card Poker, Let it Ride and Ultimate Texas Hold’em.

There are 33 blackjack tables at Silver Legacy.  These are available in three different forms.  There is $5 to $1,000 single deck and double deck blackjack where players can double down on any two cards but not after splitting.  These tables pay 6-5.  Players willing to bet $10 will find 3-2 double deck blackjack with the same rules.  All blackjack games at Silver Legacy hit soft 17.

There are dozens of video poker machines at Silver Legacy that return over 99 percent.  There is also full pay Deuces Wild, which returns 100.76 percent with perfect play and five coins.  Other high return games include Joker Poker Two Pair, Triple Bonus Plus and 9/6 Bonus Poker Deluxe.  The players club returns about 15 percent of the house edge in the form of free play and comps.

There is an old school sportsbook.  There is no electronic board.  It is a white board with magnets.  The Silver Legacy once had two electronic poker tables.  These machines were removed.

Hotel at Silver Legacy

There are 1,720 rooms at Silver Legacy.  Rates start at $59 per night for the lowest end room during the week and $99 on weekends.  There are three higher tiers of rooms, each going up $10 per night.  There are three levels of suites that start at $109 during the week and $179 on weekends. 

High rollers can splurge for the penthouse.  It starts at $5,000 per night.  Most nights are $10,000, if it is available at all.  The penthouse is often reserved for high rollers and VIPs.  There is a $12 per night resort fee at Silver Legacy.

Restaurants at Silver Legacy

The Silver Legacy offers the widest variety of restaurants of any Reno casino.  There are two coffee houses.  Casual sit down dining options include the Triple Play Sports Grill, Café Central, Hussong’s Cantina and the buffet.  There is also an oyster bar.  The highest end restaurant is Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse.  It is arguably the nicest restaurant inside any casino on Virginia Street.

Entertainment

The Laugh Factory offers standup comedians nightly.  There is also a music venue that hosts headline acts.  There are five lounges located throughout the property.

Environment

Silver Legacy is the nicest casino we reviewed in downtown Reno.  It would not be considered high end for Las Vegas, but is comparable to the Golden Nugget on Fremont Street with is dining selection and resort amenities. 

My Conclusion

The best comparison for Silver Legacy is the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas.  The minimums are great and for the most part the rules are reasonable.  You will not find another place in Reno with a larger selection of Asian table games.  The best part is that Pai Gow Poker starts at just $5.  Our biggest complaints are the lack of transparency in the players club returns and the 6-5 blackjack at lower limits.

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