Harrah’s Cherokee Casino News
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort is celebrating the completion of its spectacular $650 million dollar expansion. An enterprise of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina near Asheville, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort now includes 1,100 luxury guest hotel rooms, 4,000 games including traditional slots and table games, 10 restaurants, entertainment venues, and the Mandara Spa.
To help celebrate the opening, sold out performances by Darius Rucker and Blake Shelton will take place on March 22nd and 23rd in the resort’s state-of-the-art Events Center. Comedian Jon Reep of Last Comic Standing will perform at a private event on March 22nd. Superstar Alicia Keys will appear March 27th.
The festivities will culminate Saturday, March 23rd with free entertainment in the Grand Rotunda and Essence Lounge. DJ Aaron Michael of 104.3 FM will take the stage in the Rotunda from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am and live entertainment will be featured in the Essence Lounge during the same times.
Resort guests will also have a chance at winning a tax-free share of $150,000 by participating in the $150K Free Slot Play Giveaway. Playing with their Total Rewards card or swiping at a promotion kiosk between10 am and 9 pm on March 23rd will automatically enter guests into the 10 pm drawing.
The Casino has 150,000 square feet of gaming space and offers 3,800 slot machines and over 100 traditional table games such as black jack, roulette and craps. The property also features the Le Fu Men gaming area, the Essence Lounge, a 3,000 seat Event Center, the luxurious 18,000 square feet Mandara Spa and eight retail shops. In addition to the 56-acre property, guests have privileged access to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation-owned Sequoyah National Golf Club, named one of Golf Magazine’s best new golf courses.
The casino revenue has meant wonderful benefits for the Cherokee area and tribal members (in addition to the many jobs and spending by many tourists). The Tribal Government’s General Fund (about $100 million/year) and Cherokee Preservation Foundation (given $58 million since 2002) have funded a variety of community projects, including a new $120 million K-12 school campus. Read more about Harrahs and things to do in Cherokee.