Casino Family History: Dini’s Lucky Club

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CASINO FAMILY HISTORY
Dini’s Lucky Club Restaurant & Casino in Yerington, Nevada

Part of Nevada’s history since 1933, Dini’s Lucky Club is the oldest and longest family owned and operated casino in the state. Located on Main Street, in the heart of Yerington’s historic downtown district, the casino/saloon was started after the prohibition by Joe Dini, Sr. who originally called it the Wooden Shoe Bar. It wasn’t too long after opening the doors that Joe realized he was going to need more room for the locals, and he struck a deal for the building that was once Yerington Meat Market. Renaming it Joe Dini’s Lucky Club, he expanded the bar and casino to 12 slot machines, a 21 table, roulette wheel and poker parlor.

Joe and his wife Elvira were known for taking care of the locals – there was always a friendly atmosphere and cold beer on tap, and on the weekend, Elvira would cook up a roast so they could serve roast beef sandwiches across the bar at night, because all of the restaurants in town closed at 8pm. In 1961, Joe Jr. and Jeanne Dini took over and continued the same tradition. In 1966, they expanded Dini’s Lucky Club, and opened the Keg & Kandle Lounge and Pizzeria.

Dini’s Lucky Club has undergone several renovations and expansions over the years. Today the fourth generation of the Dini family (along with some of their offspring), run this fun joint that’s loved by locals and visitors alike. Dini’s Lucky Club features the latest in slots, video poker and keno, and their Dini’s Slot Club offers some of the best club rewards in the area including bonus free slot play, invitations to special events and parties, and complimentary dining offers. Dini’s Coffee Shop serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily with a menu that includes salads, burgers, sandwiches, steaks and seafood. The Cellar Bar and Lounge pours a variety of beers, wines, and cocktails, and dishes up great pizza and bar munchies. The Cellar is also a fun place to play pool and bingo, and enjoy Happy Hour.

So, if you’re going east of Yosemite or just south of Reno, make a pit stop in Yerington and plan to have a good time at Dini’s Lucky Club. If luck will have it, you may just want to stay the night… and they’re conveniently right across the street from the Yerington Inn. Visit www.DinisLuckyClub.com.  

Dini's Lucky Club - Yerington, NV
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