Boyd Gaming’s Eldorado Casino Celebrates 50th Year in 2012

The Eldorado Casino in 1962
On July 1, 1962, Sam and Bill Boyd opened the Eldorado Casino, marking the first joint venture of the legendary father-son team, and the beginning of what would become Boyd Gaming, one of the most respected companies in the gaming industry. 

“My dad and I never imagined what our company would become when we opened on Water Street 50 years ago,” said Bill Boyd, Executive Chairman of Boyd Gaming. “We have come a long way, but we’ve never forgotten what we started at the Eldorado – a business dedicated to treating people right.”

The Eldorado Casino
The Eldorado Casino today

On Sunday, July 1 at 3 p.m., Mr. Boyd will attend the official 50th anniversary celebration at the Eldorado – open to the public – featuring a champagne toast, cake and special anniversary giveaways.

The Eldorado Casino as it looks today
The Eldorado Casino today

In celebration of the anniversary, the downtown Henderson landmark put in circulation commemorative, limited edition $5 gaming chips and will continue the following promotions throughout 2012:

  • In the property’s bingo hall, any customer winning a game on “G-50” will receive a $50 cash bonus.
  • In a throwback to the prices of 1962, the snack bars at both the Eldorado and Jokers Wild will offer a variety of 50-cent specials throughout the year, including shrimp cocktails, hot dogs, hot wings, soft drinks, draft beer and coffee.

Discuss the anniversary on Twitter: @eldoradocasino #Eldo50th.

About Eldorado Casino
Located at 140 South Water Street in Henderson, Eldorado offers a sports book, three restaurants, a bingo parlor and keno lounge. Guests will also find more than 400 slots and table games. For further information, visit, on Facebook (, and Twitter (@eldoradocasino). Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 17 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, New Jersey, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana and Louisiana. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at