Charlotte, NC 28216 Harrah's Cherokee Casino 17 Sam Sherrill Rd, Cherokee, NC 28719 Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel 777 Casino Parkway, Murphy, NC 28906 Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee, NC 28719 Captain's Quarters Resort.

Harrah's Cherokee
Location Whittier, North Carolina
Address 777 Casino Drive
Opening dateNovember 1997
No. of rooms1,108 rooms, 107 suites
Notable restaurantsRuth's Chris Steak House
Brio Tuscan Gille
Dunkin Donuts Express
Chef's Stage Buffet
Johnny Rockets
Lobby Cafe
Noodle Bar
Selu Graden Cafe
UNO Pizza
Earl of Sandwich
Casino typeIndian casino
OwnerEastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Operating license holderCaesars Entertainment
Previous namesCherokee Tribal Casino
Coordinates35°28′11″N83°18′17″W / 35.46983°N 83.304807°WCoordinates: 35°28′11″N83°18′17″W / 35.46983°N 83.304807°W

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort is a casino and hotel on the Qualla Boundary in Cherokee, North Carolina. It is owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and operated by Caesars Entertainment. It is located on the site of the former Frontier Land theme park. It is one of two casinos in North Carolina. A sister property, Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino in Murphy, North Carolina opened on September 28, 2015.

  • 2Features and design


Harrah's Cherokee opened in November 1997 with video poker as the only gaming option. This followed the opening of a tribal bingo parlor in the early 1990s, which was quite profitable and led to calls for a casino. The casino came after several years of discord between the State of North Carolina and the Eastern Cherokees. Governor Jim Hunt resisted the casino, but the state was forced to enter into an agreement with tribal authorities by the federal courts. Since then, the tribe has used its casino revenues to build a new high school, a hospital, and public housing, and to upgrade public safety services on the reservation, such as police, fire and EMS. Part of the casino's revenue is also distributed directly to the Cherokee population, in a form of basic income.[1] The casino is also credited with opening the door for gambling in North Carolina. The casino also heralded a relaxation of alcohol laws in the area, with liquor-by-the-drink being legalized in nearby Bryson City, Sylva, and Cherokee itself.[citation needed]

Features and design[edit]


Harrah's Cherokee has three hotel towers (Creek Tower, Soco Tower, and the Mountain Tower) with a total of 1,108 rooms, making Harrah's Cherokee the largest hotel in North Carolina.


Harrah's Cherokee lobby 2014

Since the tribe's compact with North Carolina restricts the types of gaming permitted, most of the games offered have significant differences with those found in other casinos. The compact with North Carolina requires games to have an element of skill. For most of the video slot machines, this means that after an initial spin of the reels, the player is allowed to lock selected reels in place and spin again, holding reels with valuable symbols in hopes of matching them up with winning symbols on the second spin. (This differs from 'regular' slot machines, in which the reels usually spin only once after credits are played, although video poker everywhere allows players to hold cards before the second spin.)

The casino now has converted many of their slot machines to 'Cherokee Raffle Reels,' which require the player to insert their Total Rewards slot card into the machine before playing. This raffle entry is considered to be the second chance to win required by law, and has allowed the casino to phase out many of the 'lock-and-roll' style machines for traditional video and reel slot machines.[2]

Harrah's Cherokee lobby 2014

The tribe reached an agreement with the state on November 25, 2011, to allow live cards at Harrah's Cherokee.[3] The casino began introducing live table games in 2012. As of summer 2014, there are over 100 table games.

The casino has a non-smoking poker room with 20 tables. No-limit hold'em tournaments are run daily, including larger buy-in deep stack tourneys on the weekends. The casino also regularly hosts World Series of Poker circuit events in the Events Center which feature a variety of tournaments and concurrent cash games.


The Harrah's Cherokee complex includes a 15,000 sq ft (1,400 m2) conference center, a 3,000-seat events center, the Essence Lounge, a workout room, a lobby cafe, and a food court with four restaurants, Chef's Stage Buffet, Ruth's Chris Steak House, and BRIO Tuscan Grille. Harrah's Cherokee also has an indoor pool that is open year round as well as an outdoor pool open during the summer months. The outdoor pool also features its own bar and food service with a unique menu. Harrah's Cherokee also features the UltraStar Multi-Tainment center, a bowling complex including arcade, restaurant, entertainment stage, and multiple bars. This complex has 24 lanes for bowling, 16 standard and 8 VIP style.

Alcohol sales[edit]

On June 5, 2009, alcohol sales at the casino were approved by the tribe. Alcohol is served from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon until 2 a.m. on Sunday. The first alcoholic beverage was served on December 29, 2009, at 5 p.m.[4] Other than the casino, there are no bars in the city of Cherokee.

See also[edit]


  1. ^http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/01/opinion/sutter-basic-income/
  2. ^'Raffle Reels at Harrah's Cherokee. North Carolina poker, Casino Games, Table Games, Casino Gambling, Slots and more'. Harrahs.com. Retrieved July 12, 2012.
  3. ^'Cherokee casino gets card dealers'. Asheville Citizen Times. November 28, 2011.
  4. ^[1]Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

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There are two Indian casinos in North Carolina. Both casinos are affiliated with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and both offer electronic games, such as slot machines, as well as table games.

The casinos are not required to release information on the payback percentages of their electronic games. However, according to the terms of their compact with the state, the video machines are required to return a minimum of 83% to a maximum of 98%. Hotstripe casino no deposit bonus.

In many states the slot machine payback statistics for that particular state's casinos are released as a matter of public record. However, North Carolina is not one of those states. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all U.S. casinos.

If you are looking for casinos in Charlotte, North Carolina or casinos near Raleigh you are in for a bit of a drive. Harrah's Cherokee is the closest casino to either of those cities and, unfortunately, it is 300 miles from Raleigh and 180 miles from Charlotte.

The two North Carolina casinos both offer traditional slot machines, as well as video poker. They also offer live blackjack, roulette and craps. Optional games include: mini-baccarat, poker, let it ride, Mississippi stud and three card poker. Both casinos are open 24 hours and the minimum gambling age is 21.

If you are looking for the 'new' casino in North Carolina that you keep hearing about, that would be Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel in Murphy, North Carolina.

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