Before the late 1950s, Reno was the gambling capital of the
United States, but in the last twenty years Las Vegas' rapid growth, American
Airlines' 2000 buyout of Reno Air, and the growth of Native American gaming in
California have reduced its business. Older casinos were either torn down
(Mapes Hotel, Fitzgerald's Nevada Club, Primadonna, Horseshoe Club, Harold's
Club, Palace Club), or smaller casinos like the Comstock, Sundowner, Golden
Phoenix, Kings Inn, Money Tree, Virginian, and Riverboat were either closed or
were converted into condos.