Ahead of its confirmed December 3 soft opening, the casino floor of the Asian-themed Lucky Dragon was already busy on Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Located on Sahara Ave. near the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, the property is unique in that it is the first casino resort designed from the ground up in Sin City since 2010 when The Cosmopolitan was completed. Another aspect that sets it apart from other casinos is its marketing focus almost exclusively to Asian customers.

Prior to a tour of the property given to the media earlier on Saturday, Dave Jacoby, the casino’s chief operating officer told reporters that the Lucky Dragon “is something completely unique, not only in Las Vegas but in the world,” and, “This one-of-a-kind centerpiece of the resort will welcome guests from around the world to our gaming floor and provide good fortune and warm hospitality to all of Lucky Dragon’s guests,” according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

While Chinese culture is the property’s main focus, Lucky Dragon’s Vice President of Marketing Jordan Seager, who addressed reporters in Mandarin, said that when signing up for the player rewards program at the casino, customers will be asked what language they prefer. The casino will do its best to cater to the individual needs of the customer, whether it be English, Korean, Tagalog, or Vietnamese, according to Vegas Inc.

Four factors contribute to the Lucky Dragon’s authenticity; food, the hotel, gaming, and hospitality. The property’s five restaurants include:

• Dragon’s Alley, which is inspired by the night markets that dot the streets throughout Asia and will feature regional delicacies, fresh seafood, dim sum, and more.
• Pearl Ocean, which will serve all-day dim sum cart service and include a live seafood room, where guests can choose from among a selection of exotic seafood flown in daily.
• Phoenix, with fine dining seating for 60, a private balcony, and an impressive wine list, will feature a menu of the latest culinary trends found throughout China.
• Cha Garden, a blending of Lucky Dragon’s pool area and hotel lobby into a lounge area and indoor/outdoor Feng Shui-designed tea garden, which is led by the only tea sommelier in Las Vegas.
• Bao Now, open 24 hours and located adjacent to the main gaming floor, will feature a diverse offering of teas and coffees, as well as dim sum, noodles, soups, congee, and other dishes suited for eating on the go.

The property’s nine-story 200-room hotel includes 22 suites, and is without a fourth floor because the number four is regarded by the Chinses as unlucky, as well as a pool and a spa that includes four treatment rooms.

With a focus on table games, Lucky Dragon’s 27,500 square foot casino features 27 table games such as Baccarat and Pai Gow and a few “Western-style” tables like blackjack, 300 slot machines, and the Emerald Room, a high limit gaming area and luxury VIP gaming parlor.

The atrium level overlooks the casino floor and onto the centerpiece of the property, a one and a quarter-ton glass dragon sculpture (pictured) designed and constructed by Preciosa Lighting that is surrounded by glass orbs and is suspended above the casino’s center bar. The one-of-a-kind lucky dragon was installed earlier this month. The centerpiece required twelve 40-hour workweeks of nearly 800 employees to create and took 13 days to assemble after its 7,000-mile journey from Crystal Valley in the Czech Republic.

A grand opening celebration complete with several celebratory events is still planned for December 3.

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