I agree its a shame the Sundowner is closing. It was a nice, small, laid-back casino with favorable conditions. I had more success there than anywhere until June this past year when I was rather rudely told not to return to the BJ tables. Nevertheless, I was going to return (different shifts) after the beginning of the year. Like Alexander Mundy and LVBear584, I will miss the place.
Even with counters around, it doesn't seem possible they could lose
money on operations. Do the owners of these small casinos gamble themselves? I would think the license alone would be worth a fortune and be difficult to get. Someone must be in the know.
As Alexander Mundy accurately described, the situation in Reno is deteriorating quickly. Its too bad, as I love playing there. But with the exception of a few large casinos such as the Atlantis, Peppermill, Nugget, ED, & S Legacy, they are being hurt big-time by the Indian casinos in California. This is a deplorable situation as the Indian casinos don't seem to have any competition and therefore offer negative BJ conditions.