Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Expansion Coming In Early 2024

A $275 million expansion project at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel will be completed in Spring 2024. The plan includes 25,000 square feet of new gaming floor space, making it the largest of North Carolina casinos.

Developers expect to complete the project in the first half of 2024, employing as many as 900 construction workers and support staff. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians own the property under its EBCI Holdings division, which also owns a casino in Indiana. It is one of the largest tribal casinos in North Carolina. Caesars Entertainment operates Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River.

Fans of the popular World Series of Poker should take note because the new space will host the North Carolina WSOP, possibly as soon as 2024.

Upgrades to Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River include 300 new slot machines

Gaming upgrades

NC tribal casinos will never be the same again after Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River completes a planned expansion next year.

Upgrades to the hotel-casino in Murphy will include the new gaming space, 300 additional slot machines (to increase the number to 1,500), eight more table games and a poker room where a WSOP event. According to the Smoky Mountain News, the gaming additions will be completed by Spring 2024, before the entire construction project is complete.

Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel will be open during expansion. The venue is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Hotel improvements, new tower

Harrah’s is constructing a hotel tower that will tack on 296 additional rooms, a spacious lobby (with a motorcoach), and at least two more dining venues, including one on the rooftop with views of the North Carolina mountain ranges.

Hotel guests can access a new state-of-the-art fitness center, a 9,600-square-foot full-service spa and salon and a wine cellar.

An impressive porte-cochere will greet visitors to the new Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Hotel, with a modern and expedited registration area.

A 1,500-space parking structure is also being built, from which visitors can enter the facility via covered walkways.

Economic impact

The economic impact of this project, one of the largest casino additions in the state, will create jobs and benefit the local community.

Harrah’s estimates an additional 100 full-time and part-time positions will be created once the expansion project is complete. Hourly employees will receive a minimum of $15 per hour. Every employee will benefit from a “tuition/certification reimbursement program and career growth opportunities within Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos,” according to ABC News 6.

Persons interested in career opportunities with Harrah’s can see listings on a website dedicated to employment at the casino.

According to Caesars Entertainment and EBCI, the expansion project will pump $35 million into the local economy.

Too long; didn’t read facts

– Expansion of Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel expected completed early in 2024.

– 296 additional hotel rooms, 25,000 Square feet of new gaming space, 300 new slots.

– Addition of a World Series of Poker Room.

– New fitness center, hotel tower, spa.

– Venue will remain open throughout construction.

– 900 jobs created for expansion project, $35 million to local economy.

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