The Golden Nugget hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas lost power for nearly two hours Thursday, forcing patrons to stop gambling, a casino spokeswoman said.
Golden Nugget spokeswoman Amy Chasey told The Associated Press that power was restored before 4 p.m. and players were trickling back inside after an outage that tripped a fire alarm and caused slot machines to turn off.
NV Energy spokeswoman Jennifer Schuricht said the outage occurred after someone in the area hit a cable underground while digging. Schuricht said seven utility customers were affected but six were back online about two hours later.
The Golden Nugget was the only casino affected, Fremont Street Experience spokesman Thomas Bruny said.
About 80 percent of slot machines and all table games were restored, Chasey said, with many coming back online with emergency power. Chasey said credits inside the machine were intact, and slot managers were walking around checking to make sure players were OK.
Gary Pollock, a 66-year-old tourist from West Newton, Pa., said he was waiting for a salad at one of the casino's restaurants when a waiter told him to evacuate the casino.
"The lights went out and a siren started going," Pollock said from a sidewalk outside the casino while waiting to return inside. "Everybody's out here milling about, wondering what's going on."
Pollock said he was allowed to go back inside about 30 minutes after leaving.