Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Hotel is located in Cherokee, North Carolina, and is an Indian-owned hotel-casino. Featuring the classic table games blackjack as well as a live poker room, Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Hotel is also home to seven restaurants.
Managers at Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Hotel are betting on getting live card dealers as part of an expansion that will double table-game areas.
Tucked away inside the new gambling floor will be a room reserved for poker card games, which are not currently allowed in the agreement the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has with North Carolina.
Principal Chief Michell Hicks said Monday he was confident talks with the state would restart soon on allowing Las Vegas-style card dealers....read the rest
A state attorney's opinion appears to clear the way for Harrah's Cherokee Casino to serve alcohol to players on the casino floor.
Tribal voters approved casino alcohol sales in June, and the hotel and casino have begun selling beer, wine and mixed drinks in its restaurants and lounges and as part of room service.
But the tribal Alcoholic Beverage Control board held off on allowing sales on the casino floor because it wasn't sure how to interpret a state rule that prohibits alcohol sellers from allowing gambling....read the rest
Players at Harrah's Cherokee Casino can now have a stiff drink between games. And under an arrangement approved last week by state officials, their purchase will benefit both Swain and Jackson counties.
Regulators in Raleigh also are considering whether beer, wine and liquor can be sold to players on the casino floor. Eastern Band of Cherokee officials hope to have floor sales within a month.
The decisions are the final steps toward implementing the alcohol sales that tribal voters approved for the casino in June....read the rest
The Cherokee Nation and Harrah's pulled out all the stops to mark start of construction on a third hotel tower at the tribe's casino -- an addition that will make the property the largest hotel in the state.
The $633 million work is also the largest construction project in the state, according to Lynn Minges, assistant secretary of tourism, marketing and global branding, who came from Raleigh for the breakfast event and groundbreaking last Friday (July 10).
Also speaking at the event were Principal Chief Michell Hicks of the Eastern Band of Cherokees; Norma Moss, chair of the Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise; Darold Londo, senior vice president and general manager of Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel; John Payne, Central Division president of Harrah's Entertainment; and Ken Leach, executive vice president of Turner Construction, the company building the hotel tower....read the rest
When Beverly Easton came to Harrah's Cherokee Casino for the first time and realized there was no drinking, she wondered how an alcohol-free casino could even exist.
"I think it is a deterrent," said Easton, who was visiting Harrah's from Charlotte last Thursday. "You come here to have fun and relax, and having a cocktail is part of it."
Such an integral part, in fact, that when Linda Moutray tried to orchestrate her five sisters to shift the venue of their annual rendezvous from Las Vegas to Cherokee, it was a deal killer.
"I thought, 'Let's all come here instead,' but they wouldn't because there's not alcohol," said Moutray of Gainesville, Ga.
That's all about to change, however. Spurred by the promise of bigger revenues, the Cherokee people voted "yes" in a ballot measure last Thursday (June 4) that will allow drink sales at the casino. The casino will become the only place on the Cherokee Reservation, known as the Qualla Boundary, where beer, wine or liquor can be sold or served....read the rest