Doubling Down on Water Street
A powerhouse in the local gaming scene, Joe DeSimone, recently doubled down on Water Street.
In early 2021, DeSimone purchased from Boyd Gaming the former Eldorado Casino on the corner of Water Street and Atlantic. As part of his multi-million-dollar investment, DeSimone gave the nearly 90-year-old casino a facelift that included both an exterior and interior makeover, and most importantly, local Henderson ownership that comes with a deep commitment to the area. Remarkably, just a few months after acquiring the casino, it reopened as The Pass on April 1, 2021.
“I recognize the value of local ownership,” said DeSimone. “As a 30-year Henderson resident and owner of nearby Railroad Pass, I was able to use what I have learned over the past six years and apply it to Water Street. Eldorado was an icon of this historic area of the city, and I am honored to be the next caretaker of Water Street’s largest casino that remains a fun and inviting gathering spot for the local community.”
DeSimone, who moved from New York to Nevada more than three decades ago, came to the Silver State for its vibrant economy and business-friendly government, and he hasn’t looked back. In addition to gaming, he is an active real estate developer with more than 100 buildings in town to his credit.
At The Pass, he is particularly proud of the sportsbook that operates in partnership with Circa in downtown Las Vegas and is the only sportsbook on Water Street.
The Venue, a meeting room inside The Pass, is perfect for business, special events, weddings, and conferences and is helping to fill the void created by the closure of the Henderson Convention Center.
The Pass’ two restaurants include Emilia’s, a 24-hour coffee shop lovingly named after DeSimone’s daughter, and Ristorante Italiano, a specialty restaurant open for date nights and special occasions, Thursday through Sunday.
“Whether you’re looking for a quick escape, some great food and drink, an opportunity to wager on a big game or just some friendly local fun, stop by. The Pass is here for the long haul.”