Emerald Island appeals to low rollers

Jun 2, 2003 11:42 PM

The downtown section of Henderson has always been a Mecca for low rollers.

Casinos such as the Rainbow Club, El Dorado, Skyline and the former Pot ”˜O Gold, have for years lured players with inexpensive gaming and food specials, while offering a modest alternative to the nearby mega casinos, such as Sunset Station, Sam’s Town and Fiesta Henderson.

Last week, the former Pot O’ Gold at 120 Market Street, reopened as the Emerald Island Casino, adding another alternative for bargain-seeking slot players.

Like its nearby cousins, the Emerald Island caters to low rollers ”” virtually all of its 370 gaming machines offer one-cent and two-cent games, as well as nickel and higher denominations.

The games are a mix of video reel slots, video poker, video keno and multi-game machines, such as IGT’s Game King, which offers poker, keno, slots and other games in varying denominations.

There are no high-tech ticket-in, ticket-out machines, but there is a staff of about 90 who are always ready to cash out players.

While the Emerald Island offers no "live" games such as blackjack, poker or bingo, and there is no race and sports book, it does have a separate non-smoking area, which is completely isolated from the smoking floor.

When it’s time to refuel, players can choose from a sandwich deli or coffee shop.

At press time, the casino was still adding some finishing touches to its façade, such as a 9-foot "emerald" that will perched atop a 60-foot tower. Once completed, the 1,500 kilowatt jewel will be seen for miles.

The Emerald Island is the brainchild of twin brothers Tim and Michael Brooks.

Tim Brooks, who serves as the casino’s general manager, previously managed Club Fortune on Racetrack Road in Henderson, as well as casinos in Sparks and Reno.

Mike Brooks lives in Los Angeles, where he owns Bali Construction.