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.

Matt Berkey Stars in Poker Central’s New Series “2020 Hindsight”

Poker Cards and Chips on TableProfessional high-stakes poker player and Solve For Why founder Matt Berkey is teaming up with Poker Central for a new original series titled “2020 Hindsight.”

Streaming exclusively on Poker Central’s subscription-based media platform, PokerGO, the new show features in-depth analysis of the World Series of Poker’s $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament, better known to poker fans as the Main Event.

PokerGO initially launched in May 2017, featuring original programming, live event streaming, and archival content from iconic shows like “Poker After Darkand “High Stakes Poker.”

Early subscribers to the streaming platform may remember Berkey previously starred in an original series titled “Dead Money,” which documented his come-up in the high-stakes poker world, as well as his preparation for the third annual Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB), following a fifth-place finish and cashout of $1,100,000 in 2016.

Breaking Down the Main Event

The first episode of “2020 Hindsight” premiered on April 21st and features Berkey analyzing the final table of the 2010 WSOP Main Event. Pros Joseph Cheong and Jonathan Duhamel feature in a teaser clip from Episode 1, in which Cheong fires away with A7 off-suit only to run into Duhamel’s pocket queens.

Berkey explains how 2010’s online aggressive tendencies may have prompted Cheong to defy the Independent Chip Model (ICM) implications of shoving in this spot. While Berkey has been known to play a bit looser than the average pro, the often-dapper dude clearly has a deep theoretical understanding of the game.

With the advent of game theory optimal solvers, machine learning bots, and in-depth online strategy courses, it’s clear there’s been a significant shift in how professional pokers think about the game. “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em,” will only get you so far at the table these days.

Accordingly, for novice poker players, the concepts discussed in “2020 Hindsight” may be a little overwhelming. However, PokerGO is providing subscribers with a downloadable tutorial on advanced poker theory as supplemental material for understanding Berkey’s approach to poker.

Teaching Poker Theory

“This is a great forum for us to introduce advanced concepts to the masses,” Matt Berkey said of PokerGO’s new series. He also stated that,

“Understanding where mistakes were made on the biggest stage can be useful to players across all skill levels.”

Poker Central’s Chief Business Officer, J.R. McCabe, explained the importance of the new show’s analytical format, saying,

“This new series will provide teachable moments to sharpen individual gameplay, all while reliving some of the most iconic WSOP hands.”

Streaming “2020 Hindsight”

Five additional episodes of “2020 Hindsight” are scheduled to premiere on PokerGO in the coming weeks, and each episode is approximately 40 minutes long.

The 2020 World Series of Poker has been postponed, but poker aficionados and fans alike can get their fix of Main Event moments via “2020 Hindsight” by subscribing to PokerGO. The streaming service is currently offering $30 off the cost of an annual subscription. Just use the promotional code POKER30 at checkout.