Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resorts’s $250M Expansion to Complete This Fall

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After its original 2.5 years construction period was delayed due to the pandemic, the $250M expansion project of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort is expected to be completed this fall.

Said Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos regional senior vice president and general manager Brooks Robinson:

“We are thrilled to see this project come to completion and to be able to offer our guests new amenities and offerings. This expansion has been an integral component to our property and community’s growth and helps us further show that Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort is truly a destination that is unlike any other in the Carolinas. We look forward to welcoming both new and returning visitors to see the results of this project.”

4th Tower and Convention Center

One of the major additions in the project is a 4th hotel tower dubbed as The Cherokee at Harrah’s Cherokee Resort. The new hotel is 19 stories tall and has a total of 725 rooms and seven suites with an earth toned design concept. It has a 50-seat lobby bar and lounge which is highlighted by a sky blue marbled wall lined with cascading wine bottles.

On the second floor of The Cherokee is the tower’s terrace pool and fitness center. A pair of 800 square foot hospitality suites complete with kitchen amenities also feature a private entrance to the pool area.

The other major component of the expansion is the 83,000 square foot Convention Center which triples the existing convention capacity space on the resort The Cherokee Convention Center has a 32,000 square foot ballroom, 26 meeting spaces, and an exhibition hall.

WSOP Poker Room and The Book

Gambling-wise, a WSOP (World Series of Poker ) Poker Room opened last September 2020. The 34-table poker room offers eight-handed card games. A non smoking room, this venue is a non-smoking area. It offers a total of 85 spots and if open daily.

Last March, Harrah’s Cherokee Resort also opened The Book, a first of its kind state-of-the-art betting experience in North Carolina which was created in partnership with Caesars Entertainment and William Hill. The retail sportsbook has a 90-foot ultra high-definition screen, plush chairs with USB charging ports, and a full beverage service.

The facility is one of two Tribal casinos that can take sports bets. The other is the Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Hotel and Casino in Murphy. Both are owned and run by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Eastern Band of Cherokees to Appeal Federal Ruling that Allowed Construction of Catawba Casino

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The Eastern Bank of Cherokee Indiana made an appeal last Friday contesting a federal ruling that allowed the Rock Hill-based Catawba Indian Nation to build a North Carolina casino.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Principal Chief Richard Sneed said that the tribe continues to believe that the U.S. Department of Interior violated the law in approving the Catawba casino. According to Sneed, the appeal is just “the next step in the process to ensure that justice is done”.

The Catawbas have started constructing a temporary gaming facility on the site and it is expected to open this fall. Eventually, the $273M Two Kings Casino resort will be build in the property and it is expected to create 2,600 jobs and bring an estimated $308M in economic activity.

The Cherokees’ Argument

The Cherokee have argued that there is no precedent for the federal government to take land into trust that isn’t connected to and is located across the state lines from existing tribal lands. Meanwhile, both the Cherokee and Catawba claimed that the property in question is located one their ancestral lands and that the other tribe has no claim over it.

In its case to state and federal representatives, the Cherokee Bank of Indians also stated that the planned Catawba casino would strike a big blow to their thriving casino business. The Cherokees estimated that the new Catawba casino would lead to a potential revenue loss of $100M per year.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are a federally-recognized Indian tribe based in West North Carolina. They own the only other casinos permitted by the state, with both casinos located in the North Carolina Mountains.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino operates west of Asheville, near Maggie Valley which is three hours west of Charlotte. Meanwhile, Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino is near Georgia and Tennessee and is a four-hour drive from Charlotte.