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The hotel-casino was slated to go dark later this year, but the lights went out sooner thanks to the shutdown of non-essential businesses in March. In the beginning was Bill Harrah, who in set up a bingo parlor in Reno. Over the next four decades, he parlayed that small business into a gaming empire. Although his company has gone through many corporate twists and turns since his death on June 30,his name still shines atop casinos and hotels from San Diego to Atlantic City and from Las Vegas to New Orleans.

He set the pace for the gaming industry. By that time Harrah had expanded the operation by buying up ading properties and adding more games of chance. Cobb worked a midnight shift for about a week when he invested some of his tip change in two 8-spot Keno cards. He hit seven s and raked in a windfall. Instead of sleeping, he bought a car, got measured for custom shirts and threw some money around. When the graveyard shift began at midnight, he quit the job, but not the casino business. It was a competition and all the employees were serious about it.

Those who knew Bill Harrah said when it came to his gaming operations, customer satisfaction was his greatest concern. Money was a means to an end, not the end itself. Profits allowed him to build bigger and better properties, attract top acts and come up with innovations that were copied by his rivals. And it allowed him to indulge in his passion, collecting classic and rare automobiles that eventually ed more than 1, He was hired as a full-time cashier the following year. By he was general manager of the casino.

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But when two dancers got sick, the East Coast was socked in by a blizzard and flights were grounded. That night, 22 Rockettes, not the 24 that would span the stage from end-to-end, kicked in perfect unison. Harrah was in the audience. He could count. It was two weeks before Harrah talked to him directly, but when he did, the incident had been forgotten. I started to think the way he did. Harrah and his team thought of new things all the time. He realized that people would rather talk about going to Reno for great shows or fine dining instead of dwelling on the attraction of craps, roulette, slots or poker.

Unless, of course, they came home winners. Henricksen spent 25 years lining up acts, attending shows and getting close to some of the biggest names in show business. But when you get to know them they have family problems and worries just like everybody else. They have egos you have to deal with. That was my job, to get to know them: what they ate, smoked, drank. What allergies they had and what the names and ages of their children were.

They and their entourage were put up in either a hotel suite or a house in Reno or Tahoe. A staff, including a cook, was provided. They stayed for one, two, or even three weeks in Reno, where the showroom was smaller than at the lake. It was his job to keep them that way.

Part of keeping the talent happy was massaging egos. Some became good friends. Sammy Davis Jr. Hendricksen last visited Davis two days before the singer succumbed to throat cancer in Sammy, he said, was the greatest talent he ever saw. His life was entertainment. He filled them up with pots, pans and skillets, Hendricksen said. Davis was a 5-footinch bolt of energy. He knew what to do with an audience. The last one was at a. Bill Harrah died during heart surgery at the age of 66 in His company merged with Holiday Inns two years later.

In Promus Corp.

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Took over and moved the company headquarters from Reno to Memphis, Tenn. Hendricksen retired in from the job he came to love. I had a once-in-a-lifetime career. In the company began an interstate expansion that continued for a decade. Las Vegas had long eclipsed Reno as the gaming capital. The last major casinos opened in Reno in King, Paul Revere, Al Stewart and many more appeared in the cabaret.

The property added a plaza and sponsored concerts, including appearances by Ray Charles and Chuck Berry.

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InHilton Hotels bought Promus Corp. Renovations came in andbut over the last decade, the property began to delay maintenance, former employees said. The corporate game of musical chairs continued. The sale and closure announcement came in January. Passersby on Virginia Street Saturday night stopped near the Reno Arch to gaze at the message carved in light. When questioned, some said they will miss the property. They recalled the shows, the stars, the restaurants and the changes over the decades. Help us keep our reporters at work, bringing you the stories that need to be told.

Last Name. Make this an anonymous donation. These donations are not tax deductible. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to our nonprofit fund, the Independent Journalism Fund, please. The news hit […]. I was 21 inmoved to reno and was hired as a keno writer, back then we used a brush to mark the tickets and had to use our brain to figure the complicated way tickets. Bill Harrah was a hands on owner, he always had a clip board and would take notes. I went to dice school and became a full time dice dealer on the high limit table.

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After Harrah died, the company went to corporate owners and the bean counters took over. Holmes Hendricksen put it perfectly. We all had once in a lifetime careers. We dealt with all the entertainers, the incredible autos, the special events and the best executives in gaming.

You just naturally wanted to make him proud. Thank you Candy for letting me work with you for 17 years they were the best and the best job I have ever had thanks for being a great boss the best ever. I started the Reno Tahoe Tour Co. Hey Frank: Great story and looking forward to the subsequent stories.

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I was lucky enough to have been tutored and mentored by both of them and to have met Mr. Harrah, Verna, would almost always have a family photo taken in B14, Mr. Anyway, the only correction I would make to your story is that when Hilton bought Promus Corp.

So glad you spoke with Holmes Hendricksen another geniuswho I consider a friend and mentor to this day. Holmes: I owe you a call! Thanks, John! You should give Holmes a call. Everyone I talked to who knew Bill Harrah said two main things: he was a perfectionist and he was a great boss.

Those two things seldom go together, but somehow he made it work.

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We moved from Los Angeles to Reno in Later I ran change cash at age 21 in the casino while going to UNR. Great story Frank. Drop by sometime, and I can show you an even more interesting side of Mr. Harrah via his incredible library.

He was a true gaming and automotive one-of-a-kind and made my college years a bit brighter by tolerating me dealing craps in the summer. Save my name,and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Hot Topics. Downtown Reno Harrah's.

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