Harrah's Cherokee Casino's $600 million expansion
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January 28, 2010
The $600 million expansion project will be completed in 2012, but some parts of
it could be completed and opened as early as April. Other parts will open as
they are completed this year. This is according to Erik Sneed, project manager
at Harrah's Cherokee Casino.
When completed in 2012 the casino will have a twice the floor space at 150,000
square feet and twice the gambling machines with 5,200 slots.
A special area of 100 slot machines will target Asian gamblers, mostly from the
Atlanta area. This area will host a Vietnamese noodle bar and other games like
The new 20-story hotel tower will have 532 rooms including top-floor suites. The
suites will be reserved for high rollers and major entertainers. They will be
2,500 square feet and include a baby grand pianos and a pool table.
The expansion also includes a 3,000-seat event center, 5 new restaurants and 6
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are waiting to see whether the video poker
industry will appeal a recent Supreme Court ruling upholding the state's right
to allow gambling in Cherokee only and nowhere else.
Principal Chief Michell Hicks said this week "You can anticipate that if they
decide not to appeal, I'll be turning up the heat at the governor's office to
restart talks to allow Las Vegas-style card games in the casino."
Casino officials anticipate an eventual agreement and are expanding the casino
gaming floor to accommodate 80 new gaming tables. If no agreement, the new space
will be used for digital card games. There is also a poker room included in the
Return to North Carolina Casinos.