Skokomish Lucky Dog Casino closing in Mason County

SHELTON, Wash. (AP) - The general manager of the Skokomish Tribe's Lucky Dog Casino north of Shelton says it will close for the winter due to the recession.

Nick Phillips said Wednesday was the casino's last day. It planned to lay off 120 employees, including 80 full-time workers.

He says about 10 percent of the staff was American Indian; many workers commuted from cities such as Olympia and Belfair.

The Olympian reports the casino will honor its remaining financial obligations by redeeming valid slot tickets and outstanding gaming chips through Oct. 30.

Phillips says casino workers personally knew customers who have lost jobs as well as senior citizens who have become more careful with discretionary income.

He says no date has been set for the casino to reopen.

In 2006, the Lucky Dog underwent a $4 million expansion.