Lucky Club Casino and Hotel

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Lucky Club Casino and Hotel
Lucky Club Casino and Hotel Logo.jpg
Location North Las Vegas, Nevada
Address 3227 Civic Center Drive
No. of rooms118
Total gaming space15,600 sq ft (1,450 m2)[1]
Casino typeLand-Based
OwnerFifth Street Gaming
Previous namesBudget Host Inn
Cheyenne Hotel
The Ramada Inn and Speedway Casino
The Speedway Casino

Lucky Club Casino and Hotel is a casino and 118-room hotel located on 6.1 acres (2.5 ha) in North Las Vegas, Nevada. The casino is owned and operated by Fifth Street Gaming.


Budget Host Inn[edit]

In June 1995, after spending eight years in bankruptcy, the Budget Host Inn was acquired at auction for $1.1 million by Shawn Scott, owner of the Post Office Casino in Henderson.[2]

Cheyenne Hotel (1995-99)[edit]

Scott renamed it as the Cheyenne Hotel, and made plans to revitalize the run-down property, including reopening the restaurant and lounge and adding a hotel tower and a casino, taking advantage of the site's grandfathered gaming status.[2] He requested a license for 75 slot machines and 2 table games, but the Nevada Gaming Commission in December 1996 issued only an 11-month limited license for 25 machines, finding his record management to be sloppy.[3] By 1997, the Cheyenne was operating as a Days Inn.[4]

In 1998, MTR Gaming, the West Virginia-based parent company of the Mountaineer Racetrack, acquired the Cheyenne for $5.5 million in cash.[5]

Ramada Hotel and Speedway Casino (1999-2008)[edit]

MTR said it would complete an expansion already in progress, adding 10,000 square feet (930 m2) of gaming space with 350 slot machines and 5 table games, and would rename the property as the Speedway Hotel & Casino and add a motor racing theme, in reference to the nearby Las Vegas Motor Speedway.[6] The hotel became a Ramada Inn. The casino opened in March 1999, leased to Dynasty Games, with 143 slot machines.[7] MTR received its gaming license the following September, and said it would take over operation of the casino on October 1.[8] The official grand opening was held in March 2000, with the casino having expanded to over 300 slot machines, with table games and a Leroy's sportsbook, racing-themed dining areas, and a racecar simulator.[9]

By November 2000, the property had failed to turn a profit, and was taking measures to attract value-conscious guests, including Hispanics, Nellis Air Force Base personnel, and North Las Vegas residents.[10] By 2004, MTR was reporting annual net revenue of $9.8 million at the Speedway.[11]

In February 2007, MTR agreed to sell the complex to Mandekic Cos. for $18.2 million.[11] Mandekic assigned its agreement in May to Ganaste, LLC,[12] a partnership of three investors managed by Seth Schorr, son of Wynn Resorts COO Marc Schorr.[13] The buyers hoped to use the Speedway as a training ground to learn the gaming business before moving on to other acquisitions.[13] The sale of the land and buildings was completed in January 2008 for $11.4 million, with MTR continuing to operate the casino, leasing it for $70,000 a month.[13]

Lucky Club Hotel and Casino (2008-present)[edit]

Ganaste took full ownership in June 2008,[14] and promptly renamed the property as the Lucky Club Casino and Hotel.[15]

An electrical fire on June 9, 2008 forced the casino to close for two weeks while critical equipment was repaired.[14] Nevada Gaming Commission approvals in 2013 indicated that a reorganization plan was approved and new ownership was held by Lucky Silver Gaming (LSG). LSG is owned by Seth Schorr, Jeff Fine and other partners.[14]

In 2018, the property was listed for sale with an asking price of $13 million,[16] but it was not sold.

Plans were announced in 2022 to renovate and rebrand the property to cater to the Latino community, centered around the addition of an Ojos Locos sports bar.[17] it will be rebranded as Ojos Locos Sports Cantina y Casino at Hotel Jefe[18]


  1. ^ "MTR Gaming Group Inc". Retrieved 2008-02-09.
  2. ^ a b Badger, Michael (July 25, 1995). "Renovations perk up blighted corner". Las Vegas Review-Journal.  – via Factiva (subscription required)
  3. ^ Vogel, Ed (December 11, 1996). "Gaming regulators grill Ormsby House owner". Las Vegas Review-Journal.  – via Factiva (subscription required)
  4. ^ Edwards, John G. (July 29, 1997). "Las Vegan buys stake in Sands Regent". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  5. ^ "Company buys two resorts - Race track's parent group acquires hotels, casinos in Nevada". Charleston Gazette. May 7, 1998.  – via Factiva (subscription required)
  6. ^ "MTR Gaming Group Purchases Two Nevada Gaming Properties" (Press release). MTR Gaming Group. May 7, 1998.
  7. ^ "MTR Gaming Group opens Speedway Casino". Reuters. March 9, 1999.  – via Factiva (subscription required)
  8. ^ "MTR Gaming receives licenses for casinos". Las Vegas Review-Journal. September 24, 1999. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  9. ^ "MTR Gaming Group Announces Grand Opening of Speedway Casino & Cafe" (Press release). MTR Gaming Group. March 2, 2000. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  10. ^ Hodge, Damon (November 22, 2000). "Fast times foreseen for Speedway". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  11. ^ a b Knightly, Arnold M. (February 14, 2007). "Speedway Casino sold away". Las Vegas Review-Journal (via Casino City Times). Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  12. ^ Form 10-K (Report). MTR Gaming Group. April 3, 2008. p. 27. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  13. ^ a b c Knightly, Arnold M. (January 18, 2008). "New Speedway owner has revival plans for NLV casino". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  14. ^ a b c Knightly, Arnold M. (September 26, 2008). "Staging a revival in troubled times". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  15. ^ Knightly, Arnold M. (November 2, 2008). "Feeling Lucky: Ex-Wynn worker aims to remake Speedway Casino". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  16. ^ "Colliers International – Las Vegas offers sale of full-service hotel casino in North Las Vegas" (Press release). Colliers International. November 21, 2018. Retrieved 2018-11-24 – via Nevada Business.
  17. ^ Velotta, Richard N. (April 6, 2022). "Ojos Locos, Fifth Street Gaming renovating NLV's Lucky Club". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  18. ^ "Latino-Focused Casino, Ojos Locos, Breaks Ground in Vegas". 26 September 2022.

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Coordinates: 36°13′7″N 115°7′17″W / 36.21861°N 115.12139°W / 36.21861; -115.12139