MUCKLESHOOT CASINO SOON TO BECOME HOME TO ONE VERY LUCKY DRAGON

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Muckleshoot Casino & Resort is set to feature a glitzy Las Vegas transplant: the Lucky Dragon. Muckleshoot Indian Casino bought the one-and-a-quarter-ton glass dragon sculpture last month and plans to install it in a new high-limit room this summer. The casino hopes the centerpiece brings “luck and good fortune” to its guests Johnny Walker, Muckleshoot’s executive director of gaming, said they bought the sculpture from Las Vegas businessman Don Ahern, who purchased the former Lucky Dragon Hotel last year and renamed it Ahern Hotel. Walker said management believes the dragon will help the Washington casino dominate the market for Asian gamblers and “bring excitement and good fortune to all our guests.” Plus, western Washington is a hub for custom glass art, and locals appreciate the craft, according to Junior Maldonado, Muckleshoot’s gaming business leader and a member of the tribe that owns the casino. Made in the Czech Republic, the dragon spans nearly 15 feet, nose to tail, and features 288 hand-blown glass orbs and 762 customized glass scales. “It’s like a perfect marriage for it to be here,” Maldonado said. They view the dragon as artwork that will resonate with customers.