Sure, Nevada has 50 cities and towns with casinos (didn't know that Nevada even had 50 towns, did you?), but taking that road trip (320 miles of desert like the surface of the moon) sure gets spooky. After Leaving Carson you get to look forward to the towns of Fallon, Austin and Eureka. And, you can take a look at the ghost town of Ruth. Stephen King wrote Desperation after passing the old ruins there before he hit Ely. My advice is: wait to read the book until after your trip!
If you gamble, let it be known that Ely has one of the oldest casinos in the state, the Nevada Hotel. Bert Riddick, the most colorful owner of the casino, operated the hotel from the 1930's until the 1950's. Constructed in 1929, the tallest structure in Nevada (until the 1940's) at six-stories cost over $450,000 to build. Today, it's the only one of four casinos in town with table games.
The Copper Queen Casino and the Prospectors Casino are each attached to a hotel and offer about 70 slots to choose from as does the interestingly named Jailhouse Motel and Casino. It's always fun to tell your friends later that you stayed at the Jailhouse in Ely, Nevada.
By the way, when you head out in the morning, remember that the next town along eastbound Highway 50 is Delta, Utah at 162 miles. Better pack some sandwiches!