North Carolina Casinos
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North Carolina has one Indian casino. In August, 1994 the state’s Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians signed a compact with the governor to allow forms of video gambling. According to the terms of the compact, the video machines must be games of skill and they are required to return a minimum of 83% and a maximum of 98%.
Initially, no live table games were offered at the Cherokee Casino, only video slots, video poker, and digital versions of tables games such as blackjack. However, in 2012 an amended compact was signed to allow regular table games and the casino now offers live blackjack, craps, roulette and mini-baccarat. There is also a poker room.
Some of the slots offered are called "Lock N Roll" and are different than slots you will find in traditional casinos. With these “skill” slots you have two opportunities to spin the reels. The “skill” factor comes into play because after seeing the results of your first spin you then have to decide whether to keep none, one, two, or all three of the symbols on each reel before you spin them again.
The casino also offers more traditional looking slots, called "Cherokee Raffle Reels." However, once again, they operate differently from regular slot machines because you are actually being entered into a raffle drawing.
The casino is open 24 hours and the minimum gambling age is 21.
A new $100 million casino project is being built by Caesars Entertainment Corporation in conjunction with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Located in Cherokee County, just outside the town of Murphy, the facility, known as Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel, will feature a 60,000-square-foot casino, a 300-room hotel and a variety of dining options.
The property is expected to open by the summer of 2015.
For more information on visiting North Carolina call the state’s division of travel & tourism at (800) 847-4862 or go to: www.visitnc.com.
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