Catawba Two Kings Casino Set for July 1 Pre-Launch

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Thursday will be a milestone for the Catawba Nation as its Catawba Two Kings Casino”pre-launch” facility will open to the public.

The launch comes after the federal government approved the revenue sharing pact between the Catawba Nation and the state of North Carolina. That agreement was signed off by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs last March.

Pre-Launch Site

Constructed using prefabricated modulars, the pre-launch site in Kings Mountain, North Carolina is set to offer 500 slot machines spread across 14,700 square feet of gaming area.

The initial casino will be smoke-free but smoking areas will be designated outside the temporary casino. Aside from a snack bar and service bar, food trucks will also be positioned in the property.

The construction of the pre-launch site began three months ago and it has employed 250 people on site. According to Catawba assistant chief Jason Harris, around 25% of the construction workers are from the tribe, including all the slot technicians.

Construction of Permanent Facility

The next phase of the master plan begins later this year when construction of the $273M permanent casino at the same site commences. That part of the project broke ground in July 2020 and is expected to be completed in about a year.

Situated off Dixon School Road in Kings Mountain, Cleveland County, the 17-acre site is near Interstate 85 and about 35 miles west off Charlotte. Once completed, it will have a total of 1,800 slot machines and gaming table seats.

The Catawba Two Kings Casino will employ 2,600 employees but its residual impact will create thousands more. According to officials, an estimated 4,000 permanent jobs will open up for the community.

Years in the Making

The Catawba Nation has been pursuing a casino for eight years now. However, their initial efforts to develop one in South Carolina, where they have a property in near Rock Hill, failed.

Then on March 2020, the US Department of Interior took 17 acres of land in Cleveland County into trust for the tribe in recognition of their ancestral ties to the region. At the start of this year, the Gov. Roy Cooper and the Catawba Nation agreed on a Class III gaming compact, which the Bureau of Indian Affairs approved a couple of months later.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, who operate the two current casinos in North Carolina, filed a lawsuit to block the casino. However, a federal judge in the District of Columbia ruled in favor of the Catawba last April. The EBCI tribe has since filed an appeal.

NC’s Kings Mountain Casino Could Go Under Construction Soon

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For years, the South Carolina-based Catawba Nation tribe has been pushing to open a Las Vegas-style casino in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Many are pushing against these plans and claim the tribe does not have the right to open this venue in the state. There is progress being made, however, and it seems likely that NC’s Kings Mountain Casino could soon go under construction.

It’s exciting news for gambling fans in this area of the state. Today, we’ll talk about some of the new developments surrounding this property. We will also look at some of the other ways that the gambling industry in North Carolina is expanding.

Let’s get into it!

Looking Back at the Catawba Nation’s Move into North Carolina

North Carolina is known for being somewhat of an anti-gambling state. For decades, the lawmakers here pushed against allowing any traditional forms of gambling. A state lottery was eventually approved and Native American-run casinos began opening here shortly after.

The Catawba Nation is working to take advantage of this new leniency towards the gambling industry. For years, officials within the tribe have been pushing to open a new casino-resort in North Carolina. The tribe has faced serious push-back recently.

The Cherokee Tribe currently operates several popular casinos in North Carolina. This tribe is arguing that the Catawba Nation has no legal right to open a gambling property in this state. Some feel it’s a valid point, as the Catawba are based in South Carolina.

Some within the federal government are also pushing against the tribe’s plans. It’s a difficult situation that could take years to settle.

There is some progress being made. Governor Roy Cooper has been in negotiations with the tribe over the past few years. This week, these two groups reached an important new agreement. It could help to begin construction on this new property.

Here’s what you need to know about this proposed casino-resort.

Roy Cooper Approves Revenue Plan for NC’s Kings Mountain Casino

North Carolina has been slowly expanding its gambling industry over the past decade. This is proving to be a great decision for the state. The casinos and other various regulated gambling options here are bringing the state a large amount of revenue every month.

Governor Roy Cooper has been working hard to settle the dispute between the Catawba Nation and the Cherokees. As we just mentioned, he has been in intense negotiations with these tribes in recent weeks. Today, news broke that Cooper officially approved a new revenue plan for this casino-resort.

This is a huge move for the Catawba Nation. Approving this revenue plan could even allow for the tribe to begin construction on this venue. That is according to the tribe, yet some feel federal approval is still necessary.

Not everyone is excited about this news. Principal Chief Richard Sneed of the Cherokee Tribe released a statement about this situation to the media this week. He believes future legal battles will keep this property from ever being built.

“This compact changes nothing,” Sneed said. “We continue to believe the courts will affirm the illegality of this casino and when that happens, the Catawba agreement will be nothing more than a worthless piece of paper.”

The Catawba continue to discuss the economic benefits this property will bring. It could bring thousands of jobs to the area and millions of dollars in annual tax revenue for the state. This alone could push NC’s leaders to finally approve this property. It won’t be the only new gambling option coming to this state.

North Carolina’s Sportsbooks Are Expected to Launch Soon

It’s been fascinating to see North Carolina’s gambling industry expand recently. Over a year ago, lawmakers here approved a measure to legalize and regulate sports betting. To the disappointment of many NC residents, none of the state’s sports betting platforms have officially gone live.

Under the current regulations, North Carolina will only allow land-based sports betting. These wagers will need to be placed inside licensed venues. Many have been openly calling for the state to allow online sports betting, too. The other states that allow internet sports betting are earning a massive amount of revenue each month.

That may come in the future. In the meantime, only land-based sports betting is set to be allowed here. Many expect the first sportsbooks to officially launch in this state sometime in the next few months.

Two sportsbooks have already been constructed here. Both sit within tribal casinos in the state. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see NC’s Kings Mountain Casino open a sportsbook to the public in the future, too.

There is still no official word on when these sportsbooks will open. State officials are doing a last-minute review of the plans. We’ll be sure to offer more updates on this situation as soon as they come out.

Do you think the Catawba Nation should be allowed to open a casino in North Carolina? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s Another Update on the Casino in Kings Mountain, NC!

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North Carolina is home to several popular tribal casinos. Another exciting new casino-resort is expected to open its doors in Kings Mountain, near Charlotte. We’re now beginning to hear more about when this casino in Kings Mountain will finally begin operating!

Many are excited to see this property begin accepting guests. Hope is that the US casino industry has recovered by the time this takes place. Today, we’ll talk about how this new casino will affect North Carolina’s casino industry moving forward.

Let’s get into it!

US Casino Revenue Continues to Slowly Increase

The land-based casino industry in the United States has been heavily impacted by the events unfolding throughout the year. Back in March, all casinos across the country were shut down. As the months went on, casinos slowly began opening again with intense safety measures set in place.

Commercial casinos have been hit harder than tribal gambling venues. These commercially-owned casinos are subject to state regulations. As a result, many of them have been forced to shut down again in recent weeks.

Tribal casinos, however, are not forced to abide by state laws. As a result, most of them have remained open to the public. This has led some tribal casinos to see increases in their revenue this year.

Casino revenue throughout the US has been slowly increasing lately. Over in Arkansas, for example, casinos have been seeing steady increases in their gaming earnings. The state’s three casinos reopened in May and are now operating at limited capacity.

Las Vegas is also seeing its casino revenue slowly increase. Unfortunately, tourism here remains significantly lower than what was seen in 2019 and several of the biggest casinos here have recently begun closing during certain hours of the week to cut down on costs. Many analysts predict larger revenue drops as the winter months approach.

Online casino gambling is more popular than ever before, as well. There are a huge number of fantastic internet casinos spread around the entire country. That includes Bovada, which offers a wide range of different games and safe payment options.

It’s an interesting time for the nation’s gambling industry. We’re now beginning to hear more about the proposed casino in Kings Mountain, North Carolina!

Catawba Nation Offers Another Update on the Casino in Kings Mountain

North Carolina is one of several states that ban commercial casinos. Tribal casinos, however, have been able to operate here since the 1990s. Several groups have presented plans to open new casinos here over the past few decades.

That includes the Catawba Nation. This tribe has been pushing hard to open a major casino in Kings Mountain for years. Finally, in July of this year, groundbreaking on this exciting new project finally began.

This tribe is now offering information on when this new venue will open its doors. According to new reports, this new property is expected to open its doors next fall. The total cost of this project is projected to be $273 million.

Tribal Administrator Elizabeth Harris recently issued a letter to Governor Roy Cooper, explaining how this gambling venue will be run. She claims this will be the first Vegas-style casino in the Charlotte area. It will include slots, table games, and sports betting options.

The Governor and members of the Catawba Nation are now engaged in negotiations over a gambling compact. Members of the tribe claim they do not intend to begin construction before this compact is awarded. Anything is possible, though.

If all goes according to plan, this new casino will open its doors sometime next fall. We’ll continue offering updates on how negotiations between the state and the Catawba Nation play out over the next few months.

North Carolina’s Sports Betting Industry Could Launch by March

Several lawmakers in North Carolina began pushing to regulate sports betting shortly after PASPA was removed in May of 2018. Finally, in July of 2019, Governor Cooper signed a bill to “allow sports and horse race wagering on tribal lands.” State officials have been working to come up with plans for this industry ever since.

This has proven more difficult than many initially expected. In order for any sportsbooks to go live here, Cooper and the Department of the Interior needed to approve a new tribal compact. This has yet to take place.

Members of the Cherokee Nation claim they are still waiting for the Governor’s signature. In the meantime, the construction of two sportsbooks inside tribal casinos has been finished. Hope that the state would finally have legal sports betting ready by Super Bowl weekend is now dwindling.

Many analysts predict that North Carolina’s first sportsbooks will launch in March. That could help the state to generate revenue from March Madness. This tournament is one of the most-wagered-on sporting events every year.

As most are aware, North Carolina will not offer regulated online sports betting options. Wagers will need to place in-person at a tribal casino. Perhaps this will change once the state begins seeing revenue from this industry come in.

2021 is shaping up to be a big year for North Carolina’s gambling industry. We’ll need to wait and see if the casino in Kings Mountain finally opens sometime next fall. Stay tuned for more updates!