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The luxury four star lodging provided by Harrah’s 15 story hotel with 252 rooms is preferred by many travelers simply because of its location and offerings. Here you will be able to work out, swim, shop, eat, and always be close to the casino. There is a conference center as well if you need to catch up on work or have a meeting.

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North Carolina casinos are not as prolific as in some other states because currently gambling is only legal on the Cherokee Indian reservation which is in the eastern part of the state. All casinos are owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee, and the only three casino options being the Cherokee Tribal Casino, Harrah’s Smoky Mountains Casino and Tee Pee Village Casino. Of course, the most popular casino and the one that attracts the most tourist traffic is Harrah’s.

Many people might assume that North Carolina casinos are in the big cities like the capital of Raleigh, or else in Charlotte, even in Wilmington or Winston Salem, however there is only one major casino and it is just a few miles away from the Tennessee line on the Cherokee reservation.

Also, this casino is a bit different than typical casinos because the only cards that are in the casino are ones that the computer creates. The current North Carolina gaming law approves video versions of blackjack, crap, poker, video poker and slots for the Cherokee casinos. At this time, computer regulated games of skill are the only types of games available on the reservation and pari-mutuel betting is still considered illegal.

Because the law requires the games to be part skill rather than just luck, the player receives two opportunities. First, the player pulls the handle to get the first set of cards, and then the gambler chooses to keep either one card or up to all three and then pulls the handle again. Deciding on which cards to keep and which cards to discard is the skill part of these slot machines.

Of course, there are table games like blackjack available. The table, chips, dealer, and players are all the same, however the cards are digitally created by state of the art video technology. So, when you sit down to a table to bet, you will have a small computer screen in front of you that will show you your cards. Then it is up to you to decide to receive an additional card or cards and when to fold.

The law also regulates how much the casino can earn on the slot machines, which certainly affects your “skill” at playing the games and the amount of money you can win. North Carolina law states the slots, video poker machines and video poker tables must return a maximum of 98% and a minimum of 83%. Since this is state law, no matter how skilled you are at playing slot machines you are going to have some high percentages working against you.

However, the Cherokee Indians are interested in expanding their casino games and options and want to offer card games and other gambling options to increase tourism. The State of North Carolina, however, has strict gaming laws and as a result the governor will have to approve any change in North Carolina’s casino games. Several conversations have taken place, however, between the governor and the Cherokee Indians who are hopeful a deal can be made.

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Information and Amenities

The Harrah’s casino at Cherokee has been in existence since 1994 and only allows individuals 21 or older to gamble on the premises. This casino has hundreds of rooms in which to gamble, not to mention a luxury hotel with several restaurants. The casino also has a childcare center and entertainment pavilion where famous singers frequently perform. Also, dining is not a problem because there are 5 different restaurants available for your dining pleasure at the casino or in the hotel. There is even a great coffee bar where you can get a caffeine rush at any time of day.

When you stay at Harrah’s luxury hotel you will be close to the 2400 slot machines and bingo as well. However, before trying your luck, or skill rather, on the slot machines and video table games at Harrah’s in Cherokee, North Carolina, you need to be sure you have a photo ID or you will not be able to claim any of your winnings. So, before you begin to travel make sure you have your license, passport, identification card with photo, or something that proves your identity.

Tournaments take place occasionally, but since everything is digital or computerized it is a little different than your typical poker tournament. Special events also are scheduled throughout the year. The Cherokee tribe has a website as does Harrah’s at Cherokee where you can check out the dates for special events and access all types of information pertaining to gambling on North Carolina’s Indian reservation.

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The luxury four star lodging provided by Harrah’s 15 story hotel with 252 rooms is preferred by many travelers simply because of its location and offerings. Here you will be able to work out, swim, shop, eat, and always be close to the casino. There is a conference center as well if you need to catch up on work or have a meeting.

Other hotels exist in the area as well, which are farther away from the casino and less expensive. If you are traveling to the Cherokee reservation by RV you will be pleased to know there is RV parking grounds close to the casino as well.

Taking a Break from Gambling

While you might travel to the North Carolina Smoky Mountains for the sole purpose of gambling night and day at Harrah’s Cherokee casino, if you find you need a break from betting there are plenty of things to do.

A re-created Indian village is located nearby where you can look into the past at how the Indian’s used to live and learn a little bit about North Carolina Cherokee Indians. Also, there is a great Indian museum as well that sheds light on the tribe. There are plenty of activities in the mountains such as a gold mining, visiting waterfalls, hiking and white water rafting.

With all there is to do at Cherokee you don’t have to head to the casino alone simply to gamble, but can make it a family vacation instead because there are plenty of activities to engage the whole family.

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