Lucky Dragon Casino Las Vegas Opening

Oct 16, 2015  While little appears to be happening at the Asian-themed Resorts World Las Vegas megaresort under construction on the Strip, the much less ballyhooed Lucky Dragon casino-hotel is. Located a block off the Strip on Sahara Avenue, the Lucky Dragon opened in December 2016, with firecrackers and fanfare. It intended to siphon off business from much larger, long-established. The front entrance to the Lucky Dragon. The hotel-casino stopped all restaurant and casino operations last week. There has been a slew of developments along the Las Vegas Strip - new projects.

The struggling Lucky Dragon resort has closed its casino and restaurants.

We were the first to report Lucky Dragon was recently put up for sale, and while the resort’s hotel continues to take reservations, entrances to the casino have “Casino Temporarily Closed” signs.

“Temporarily” sounds a little optimistic at this point.

Lucky Dragon’s casino and restaurants closed on Jan. 4, 2018.

Lucky Dragon has had a tumultuous history, including ongoing questions about whether the Asian-themed, boutique resort would be financed or completed.

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Even a massive dragon couldn’t change Lucky Dragon’s fortune.

Lucky Dragon officially opened Dec. 3, 2016, thanks in great part to EB-5 financing. With EB-5 financing, investors (typically from Asia) contribute funds to projects and get green cards in return. In the case of Lucky Dragon, those investors will henceforth be referred to as “the monumentally screwed.”

Here’s a statement from Lucky Dragon.

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Every time a Las Vegas casino closes, an showgirl loses her tassels.

Optimism for the win!

Despite a strong opening, Lucky Dragon failed to attract its intended customers (including snagging local Asian customers who frequent casinos like Gold Coast and Palace Station), and has made a number of changes to its restaurant offerings.

Normally, this would provide some consolition, but not so much.

Lucky Dragon’s challenging location, on Sahara, just off The Strip, near the Bonanza Gift Shop and SLS Las Vegas, made the resort an long shot, but sometimes in Vegas those pay off.

A Lucky Dragon insider says wild swings in baccarat were major factor in the closure of the casino. Whales (however few) would win big, then leave for bigger resorts on The Strip with more amenities. Casinos obviously rely on guests staying on-site for a chance to win some back.

Remember, Las Vegas was built on miracles. We hope that’s what the future holds for Lucky Dragon.

We were rooting for Lucky Dragon, but haven’t visited in some time, despite the great rooms (we were quoted a rate of $45 for early February), welcoming casino and top-notch (although limited) cuisine.

We’ve heard Lucky Dragon would need at least $90 million from a buyer to cover its first and second (EB-5) tier investors.

It’s unknown what’s next for Lucky Dragon, but here’s hoping employees find other options as the resort tries to change its luck.

UPDATE JAN. 17: In December, The Lucky Dragon held a huge celebration for its one year anniversary. Now things are a little more somber.

Earlier this month they closed the casino, leaving just a sign on the door. Now it faces foreclosure. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal , the hotel got a default notice months ago.

It was built just west of the strip on West Sahara Avenue and some experts think this was an obstacle from the get-go.

As for what's next, the foreclosure auction is set for next month.

If the lucky dragon is sold at auction, it doesn't necessarily mean the hotel will close.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Lucky Dragon hotel-casino, which has only been open for a little over a year, has temporarily closed its gaming and restaurant operations. Multiple workers on the property have been laid off as a result.

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According to a statement from the property, the Lucky Dragon is 'beginning the process of reorganization.'

The hotel and gift shop will remain open, along with Cha Garden.

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'While this is a difficult decision, this reorganization paves the way for Lucky Dragon to establish new partnerships that will enhance the property's long-term positioning and provide a better guest experience,' Lucky Dragon representatives wrote in a statement to the press. 'We would like to thank our outstanding colleagues for their many contributions, hard work and dedication to the resort.'

Lucky Dragon estimates that they'll be able to resume restaurant and gaming operations within six months. Staff that has been laid off will be eligible to be hired again once the restaurants and casino are back open.

'We had hints and you know we had warnings so it was kinda obvious that was gonna happen,' says Kaleb Edwards. Edwards was a dealer at Lucky Dragon up until Thursday.

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For months they've noticed the resort was downsizing.

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'Laying off let's say managers. And you got a manager who was let's say was just managing for VIP. He's now a manager for Food & Beverage, VIPS, slots.'

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Those that still need to redeem their gaming tickets and chips can do so at the front desk of the hotel. Other gaming, food and beverage promotions or offers are no longer valid.

'I can tell you that every single effort to create something, to be successful was put into place.There was nothing skimped. Nobody saved any dollars. As I said the best professionals possible were hired for their positions there,' says Joe Muscaglione. He was a food and beverage consultant for Lucky Dragon.

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'I'm shocked and I'll be disappointed if they don't just regroup and come back stronger than ever,' says Muscaglione.

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Watch: Lucky Dragon grand opening from November 2016