The North Carolina Mountains Travel Guide

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Harrah's Casino

  • 777 Casino Dr. Map It
  • Cherokee
  • Casinos

Published 11/20/2014

Fodor's Review

Owned by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee, Harrah's Casino has live blackjack, roulette, craps, and poker games along with some 5,000 electronic gaming machines in a huge casino the size of more than three football fields. Alcohol is available in the casino and its restaurants and bars (the rest of the Cherokee Qualla Boundary is dry). Smoking is allowed in most of the casino, but restaurants and some public areas are smoke-free. Big-name stars such as Chris Rock, Willie Nelson, and Reba McEntire provide entertainment at the casino's 3,000-seat theater. There's also a 24-lane bowling alley. The highly successful casino has made a big impact on the 15,000 members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee; in recent years, each member of the tribe received around $12,000 from casino profits. In 2016, the tribe opened a second, $140 million casino and 300-room hotel complex about an hour west of Cherokee in Murphy, North Carolina. The two casino complexes provide about 4,000 jobs.

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777 Casino Dr., Cherokee, North Carolina, 28719, USA

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828-497–7777; 800-427–7247-reservations

Published 11/20/2014


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