Las Vegas North Strip Struggle – Lucky Dragon Casino Closing

The North Strip of Las Vegas has a history of struggling casinos and the Lucky Dragon Casino is the latest victim.  The Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino, an Asian-themed boutique hotel and Casino in Las Vegas announced last week that the Lucky Dragon Casino is closing its gambling floors.

Lucky Dragon Casino temporarily closingAccording to the announcement from last Thursday, this is a “temporary” closure in order to reorganize their operation. The company said that it will hire a new firm to operate the gambling aspect of the casino and will re-open in six months.

“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,”

Since it’s opening with a soft launch in November of 2016 and its official grand opening in December of that year, the Luck Dragon Casino has had very little luck attracting customers.  The original idea behind the casino was to attract local Asian-American customers.  However, a report from Las Vegas Review-Journal back in December of 2017 said that the casino appeared to be struggling.

Some of the best sports betting software experts are speculating they may have to vary their Asian theme an instead target other in order to bring more clients.

Struggling Las Vegas North Strip

The announcement from the Lucky Dragon Casino comes as no surprise to many experts in the gambling industry. The Lucky Dragon is just the latest victim in the Las Vegas North Strip.  Rumors have been floating around that SLS Las Vegas, which is adjacent to the Lucky Dragon Casino, is on the verge of bankruptcy.

Other companies have tried to develop the North Strip of Las Vegas without much success.  One example is the Fontainebleau project.  The original Fontainebleau Las Vegas project was supposed to begin construction in 2006 and be completed in 2008.  The project went bankrupt in 2009.

Before it was the Fontainebleau, the lot it sat on was suppose to make way for a London-themed resort in May of 2000.  The project never took place but instead was sold for $97 million to Turnberry Associates for the Fontainebleau Hotel and Casino.

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After remaining an empty husk of a building for several years, the unfinished Fontainebleau sold for $600 million in August of 2017. The buyers were New York developer Steve Witkoff and Miami investment firm New Valley.

To date, the new owners have not announced any plans for the unfinished building. Once again Leaving the North strip in Las Vegas with another unfinished project.

There is yet hope for the struggling Las Vegas North strip.  Wynn Resorts recently announced that it had just purchased a lot in the area and plans to develop it.  This gives Wynn Resort control over 280 acres of contiguous property and plans to start construction of Paradise Park in January.

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