Carson City casino manager dies
Longtime Carson City casino manager William “Bill” Riordan, 65, died Jan. 26 in Amarillo, Texas.
He enjoyed a career as a casino executive in Carson City that spanned four decades.
Riordan went to work at the Ormsby House in 1972, and later moved to the Carson Station and Pinon Plaza, where he worked for 32 years.
Possessing an encyclopedic knowledge of sports, he was a master of boxing history and could often be seen holding court while watching the action at the Mother Lode (now the Carson Station) and Pinon Plaza, where he served as general manager for both operations.
A third-generation gambling expert, he was admired for his laid-back demeanor and was regarded by his fellow casino executives and professional gamblers as one of the sharpest table games managers of all time.
As an accomplished athlete, Riordan also coached local area youth baseball and adult softball programs.
A traditional Irish wake celebrating Riordan’s life will be held at the Station Grille, across the street from the Carson Station, at 1 p.m. Sunday. RSVP John Riordan at 246-3999 by Saturday.