The newest resort in Las Vegas, the first for six years, has opened early to the public with Lucky Dragon, debuting this weekend at the north end of the Strip on Sahara Avenue.
The Asian-themed casino-resort opened its doors for the first time Saturday in a special soft-opening with a grand opening scheduled for December 6.
The casino is mall by Las Vegas standards. Its 27,500 square-foot casino has 30 tables and 300 slots. It focuses on tables games popular in Asia, such as Baccarat and Pai Gow, with only a few Western-style tables such as Blackjack. The gaming floor is centered on a lively pagoda-shaped bar punctuated by a 1.25 ton glass dragon sculpture suspended from the ceiling. In addition to a high-limit gaming area called the Emerald Room, Lucky Dragon also feature ultra-luxurious VIP gaming on the second level.
Dave Jacoby, the Chief Operating Officer of the Lucky Dragon, said: “We didn’t want to be a caricature of an Asian resort. Most of the other casinos here in Las Vegas are very large mega resorts trying to be all things to all people. We have a different approach here at Lucky Dragon. With our service standards, we try to make sure that we are putting the Asian cultures first and allowing the American cultures to follow behind.”
With 204 total hotel rooms, Lucky Dragon offers a boutique accommodation experience near the Las Vegas Strip action. In addition to standard rooms, the hotel also offers 23 standard suites averaging 625 square feet. The top floor of the hotel features a luxurious 1,300 square foot penthouse suite offering panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip, and a formal dining space suitable for catered meals, events and more.
One of Lucky Dragon’s key elements is its restaurants, designed to be among Las Vegas’ most authentic Pan-Asian dining destinations. There is also a tea program which aims to be the most specialised in the city.