Photos: Richard Drew / AP Photo; Las Vegas Police / AP Photo
"All of a sudden in the distance you see this person running and one person screams 'Get down!' And then you see everyone get down on the floor, the whole casino at once," Andrés told Slashfood.
He hit the deck along with his pal the artist Mikel Urmeneta.
"It was very weird to see an entire casino laying down, everyone on the floor," Andrés said.
Authorities say that a helmet-wearing man pulled a gun at a craps table at 3:50 a.m. December 14, took $1.5 million in chips, dashed from the casino and then sped away on a motorcycle, a crime that has drawn comparisons with an Oceans 11 caper.
It sounds dramatic, but Andrés, who was in Vegas overseeing the opening of two new restaurants at the nearby Cosmopolitan Hotel, did not realize until the next day when he read the news that a serious crime had taken place. His more immediate concern at the time was his bet.
"The ball had hit the number four," he said. "I was going for number four for a long time."
Both lying on the floor, Andrés said to Urmeneta, "What the f---, I finally win and this happens?"
"I was only afraid I was not going to get paid," he said, laughing in retrospect. "But I got paid. I had 20 dollars on four."
Multiplied by the odds of 36 to 1 on that kind of bet, this means that Andres won $720 during the holdup.
"I realized what happened after," the Spanish-born chef said. "But during it I didn't know to be scared or to laugh. I only realized the next day it was news."
"It was a funny two minutes. In the same way everyone got down on the floor at once, everyone stood up and started betting again. It was weird."
Andrés said he never saw the gun, and only glimpsed the gunman from afar. He was in fine shape the following afternoon and said in a telephone interview that he planned to attend the opening of the $3.9 billion Cosmopolitan hotel tonight, December 15. Urmeneta did the artwork for Andrés' new Las Vegas restaurants, one a Jaleo tapas bar modeled after his restaurant of the same name in Washington, D.C., and the other a Chinese-Mexican inspired place called China Poblano.
"This is Vegas," Andrés said. "It was very weird."
Police released a short video showing the robber making his getaway: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NktlrixHG78.
For more on the Bellagio caper, and a roundup of five other Las Vegas heists, visit the Surge Desk at AOL News.