Dick Graves opened the Nugget on March 17, 1955 as a 60-seat coffee shop with a handful of slot machines. John Ascuaga had worked for Graves in Idaho and moved to northern Nevada to help Graves open and manage the Nugget. Ascuaga purchased the Nugget in 1960 when Graves retired.
Today, John Ascuaga’s Nugget‘s twin hotel towers illuminate the Reno-Sparks skyline and boast 1,500 rooms, eight award-winning restaurants, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, an 84,000 square foot casino floor, world class entertainment and much more.
Nugget Casino Resort, is a major hotel/casino in Reno, Nevada. It features 1,400 sleeping rooms, an indoor/outdoor atrium pool, 24-hour casino action, 100,000-square-feet of convention space, eight restaurants including Gilley's Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que, 24-hour room service and much more.