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Cherokee hold groundbreaking for new casino

Posted October 15, 2013

— North Carolina's Cherokee Indians are moving ahead with plans to build a second casino.

Tribal leaders held a ceremonial kick-off Tuesday outside Murphy for the $110 million project.

They say the new casino and hotel will create 900 jobs and inject as much as $39 million in wages into the western North Carolina mountains.

The new casino and hotel is owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians but operated by Caesars Entertainment Corp.

"Our winning partnership with Caesars Entertainment gives us a proven track record in the gaming industry," Principal Chief Michell Hicks said in a statement. "This is an ambitious project, but we are confident that it will be a success for our customers, our tribe and for the surrounding community."

The casino will feature 60,000 square feet of gaming space with slots and traditional table games, a 300-room full service hotel and a variety of dining options, officials said.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is building a new bridge and making other improvements to improve access to the casino, which is about an hour's drive southwest of the existing Harrah's Cherokee resort.

Earlier this year, the tribe completed a $650 million expansion of that casino, which draws an estimated 3.6 million visitors annually.

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  • Pirate01 Oct 15, 2013

    Since these casinos are legal in the state for some, let other poor parts of the state build these places. They are HUGE business!!! There are some poor parts of Eastern NC that need this financial influx.

  • grimreaper Oct 15, 2013

    They have zero regulation from the state on minimum payout of machines...only a sucker would go to these indian casinos...plus no free drinks...really, why would you ever go here?...Tunica, Biloxi...only a few more hours away and guaranteed minimum payouts regulated by the state of Mississippi...just one option...

  • Lightfoot3 Oct 15, 2013

    Unless anyone can open a casino, then these casinos need to be shut down. Time to end welfare and preferential treatment based on race.