The Lucky Dragon resort and casino doesn’t appear to be so lucky.
After opening its door just over a year ago, the Chinese-themed hotel abruptly closed the casino and restaurants Thursday morning.
Lucky Dragon is on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip on Sahara Avenue, just west of Las Vegas Boulevard.
Some employees told 8 News NOW, although they are not surprised by the news, they were not aware it was happening Thursday morning.
Customers who tried to enter the casino found the doors locked and signs of the closure posted.
“It’s kinda shocking,” said Matt Cornelius, patron.
He was gambling there during the overnight hours and when he came back to try his luck again, he found the doors closed.
“I went over to the hotel and they were like it’s closed for a minute, they didn’t say exactly how long,” he said.
In a statement, the owners of Lucky Dragon write:
“Effective immediately Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino is beginning the process of repositioning and, in doing so, will have a reduction in staff while it temporarily closes all gaming and restaurant operations.”
The statement does not say how many employees have been laid-off.
“I was hired as the shift manager for the cage,” said Suzanne Hilliard, former Lucky Dragon employee.
She worked on the casino floor since Lucky Dragon first opened in December of 2016. She quit just five days before she would have been out of a job.
“I just feel bad for my coworkers. I really do. it’s the writing was on the wall,” she said.
8 News NOW spoke to several employees who say, they found out what was going on in the morning when they showed up for — what they thought was going to be — a regular work day.
“As employees, we’ve discussed among ourselves, we didn’t know how long we could stay open,” Hilliard said.
Cornelius heard similar concerns from employees that turned out to be true. He just didn’t want to believe it.
“I didn’t really take it as seriously as I should have but they kinda gave me a hint last time I was here, a few months ago, that they were, you know, any day now, could be the day,” he said.
Folks with Lucky Dragon say the plan is to re-open the casino and restaurants in six months and they will give laid-off employees a chance to work there again.
Their website and the hotel is still accepting room reservations.