It’s only appropriate that Casino Fandango in Carson City bills itself as one of the best little casinos in the west, since nearby Reno gained fame as the Biggest Little City in the West.
The brainchild of founders Larry Woolf, Garry Goett and Peter Wilday, Casino Fandango just celebrated its one-year anniversary.
Casino Fandango is just large enough to offer a full gaming experience, but intimate so players feel comfortable and at-ease with the casino’s friendly staff.
The casino features plenty of neon-bright colors and indirect lighting that generate energy and excitement. More important, the casino is not only clean, comfortable and well-laid out, but it offers great value for the customer, including liberal table game rules and player-friendly slots.
Casino Fandango has over 600 machines, a clean, well-run poker room, a 24-hour grill, an authentic New York-style deli and one of the better buffets in northern Nevada.
Casino Fandango hired Walt Matson, formerly of Caesars Entertainment, to run its own race and sports book, rather than install a "chain" sports book, which is commonplace in the northern Nevada market.
One of the casino’s most popular features is Storm Slots, a special section of machines highlighted by thunder and lightning effects, and an aggressive mystery jackpot that goes off two or three times an hour, literally taking the casino by storm.
Storm Slots has been so successful that the casino is planning another player entertainment venue, the soon to open Volcano Slots, featuring a real volcano experience.
All of Casino Fandango’s machines are ticket-in, ticket-out, which has eliminated waiting for hopper fills and has made moving from one machine to another much easier for the player.
Slot and video poker players have many choices of multiple denominations including penny slots, which are abundant throughout the casino.
With a successful first year under its belt, Casino Fandango isn’t sitting on its laurels. Yet to come is Dukes Steakhouse, more slot and electronic gaming machines, a buffet/meeting room expansion and additional parking to keep up with the demand.
Casino executives say Fandango’s motto is ”˜You gotta go!’ Which is pretty good advice for those who visit the Reno area — you’ve really "gotta go" see the Best Little Casino in the West.