Cherokee Indian Casino – Murphy, North Carolina


We’re going to be seeing the construction of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ (EBCI) second casino very soon here in the Murphy area. According to the Citizen-Times, the principal chief Michell Hicks has confirmed that the Tribal Council has already given its go-ahead. With the approval now in place, we could be seeing activity as early as this summer and it won’t be long before we’ll have our very own Cherokee Indian Casino in Murphy, North Carolina (construction is projected to take 18 months).


The Eastern Band’s first casino, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, is on the Qualla Boundary around an hour or so from Murphy and is probably the most well-known of all North Carolina casinos. It pulled in revenues of $386 million in 2010 and is putting the finishing touches to a $650-million expansion, which has turned it into a full-fledged resort. Harrah’s attracts an estimated 3.6 million visitors every year and finally began offering live table games in August of last year.


The second casino is going to start out more modestly. It’s going to be built on an 85-acre property located near the Snap-on Tools manufacturing plant off U.S. 19/74 just beyond the town limits and it has a budget of $110 million. The proposal from the Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise board is for a casino of 50,000-60,000 sq. ft., which would have space for up to 50 table games and 1,200 slot machines as well as a dining area. A 300-room hotel is also part of the proposal.


The tribe’s recent signing of a modified agreement with the state of North Carolina paved the way for all these developments. Apart from the Murphy casino, the Cherokee can also build one more facility in the future. They also have the exclusive rights to operate live table games like blackjack, craps, poker and roulette in all areas of the state west of Interstate 26, which the state will receive revenues from as well over a period of 30 years (4 percent for the first five years and a percentage more in the next 5-year increments).


The Cherokee Indian Casino in Murphy, North Carolina is an exciting development that’s sure to have a significant impact on our area and will not only create plenty of new jobs but will hopefully encourage the growth of other local enterprises as well. Once it opens its doors, we’re definitely going to be seeing an increase in tourism numbers and due to Murphy’s location near the state’s western border, many of these are projected to be coming from the Atlanta, Birmingham and Chattanooga metro areas.


Do you want to stay up-to-date on casino news? Check back often for future updates on the construction progress as well as news on other developments in Western NC. If you want more insights on anything from real estate market trends to North Carolina BBQ, browse my blog and the website and get in touch with me anytime. You can also post comments or questions in the comment field below.

UPDATE 11/10/2014

The Hotel walls are ‘arisin’. Construction plans are on schedule with a tentative opening date of August.


Update 2/20/15
Newest Update on Casino!

Everything is reported to be on track.

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51 Responses to “Cherokee Indian Casino – Murphy, North Carolina”

  1. Julie Cruz says:

    This is AWESOME! Do you know when and where to put in a application for the new Resort?

  2. Adalberto Pasion says:

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  3. Nancy Kluter says:

    When will the temporary facility be open?

  4. Tboy Wilson says:

    Am interested in the progress of the new casino. We currently travel to Cherokee from east Tennessee and would shave off an hour on our drive. We could give Murphy the taxes, etc., and the benefit of our other purchases rather than Cherokee, plus saving us time and gas. Looks like a win-win to me. Thanks for the updates and if possible, use our e-mail to keep us up-to-date so we can get in when they first open.
    Many thanks.

  5. Teresa Haynes says:

    Any word yet on the temporary casino? We go to Cherokee once a month and I cannot see much progress. Going for our monthly visit this weekend. Maybe they have gotten busy since last month. Can I get any kind of email updates on the progress?

    • Dex Hubbard says:

      Teresa, good morning,
      there is not going to be a temporary casino that was previously discussed. However the casino is in full swing coming forward. The grading work has been completed and they will be pouring concrete this month. The Bridge has started and they have the steel in and are pouring concrete on it also. Power has been installed to the site, and Temporary road already built. They are training people at Tri County Community college, and things are moving smoothly. If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to ask.

  6. Kim says:

    Would love an email alert when the date of opening has been decided! BOTH of us…Crazy 4 SLOTS!!! And all the years we’ve played, we’ve have never been fortunate enough to get to be here when a casino opened!!! My husband is a 100 % Disabled Am. Vet & I am of Cherokee ancestry. We would be thrilled to be there for the opening of this Casino!!

    Thanks for the updates!!

  7. Please advise updates on new casino in Murphy, NC. Thank you

  8. Vicki Atwood says:

    Would like to get updates on the new casino in Murphy, NC. Thank you

  9. John Partridge says:

    Been about 3 weeks since the last update – has a slab been poured? Very excited for this to open!!

  10. ernie stevens says:

    Please keep us posted.

  11. David says:

    How is the building of the Casino going?
    Are property values rising in the area?

    • Dex Hubbard says:

      Last year property values in regards to houses rose apropximately 8 percent across the board. Inventory under 150,000 has been shrinking for months. I do forsee an increase in value continuing & the casino coming in will definately increase values. The exact amount of increase is definately unknown as I would be looking through a crystal ball and mine is always foggy…..
      Please contact me to discuss if you would like the information. 828-361-4710.

  12. John says:

    how can be get an invitation to attend the Grand Opening. I have a summer home in Mineral Bluffs so we will get a lot of use of your casino.

  13. TBOY Wilson says:

    Thanks for the updates. As we have passed the site several times since your newest update, we see the bridge progressing as well as tons of dirt being moved around. Can’t tell much from traveling on the road, but looks like they are well on their way. Looking forward to seeing progress of the building construction.

  14. John Partridge says:

    Anything new on the casino construction?

  15. violet says:

    Just drove by on Sept,9,2014. My guess for completion summer 2015*****

  16. John Partridge says:

    Can someone give an update on the casino construction (foundation complete? walls going up?)?

  17. Teresa Haynes says:

    I have asked for recent updates also. I would like to know what the green building is that`s going up. Looks like a hotel.

  18. Betty Lawrence says:

    Please keep me updated on the grand opening.

  19. diane says:

    So excited about the new casino following progress can’t wait takes about two hours off our drive

  20. diane says:

    Have not been thro in a while how is progress and open date

  21. Donna H. says:

    we go to Cherokee a lot , and we go by Murphy, and we are just wondering about when to expect to see the casino. Have you started on the building yet? We see all the grading going on. When can we expect the opening, looking forward to stopping. Thank you for any up dates.

  22. Dex Hubbard says:

    The Hotel walls are ‘arisin’. Construction plans are on schedule with a tentative opening date of August.Grading is going on at the actual casino site. Reports are that currently everything is on schedule and on budget

  23. Betty says:

    please keep me posted…sounds interesting… thanks

  24. barb montrowl says:

    Any new news about the opening

  25. John Partridge says:

    Could someone attach some pictures of what it looks like now?

  26. CHARLES BOLTON says:

    ANXIOUS we would like to be there for opening

  27. Teresa Haynes says:

    I heard the casino was going to be small but I thought it would be large like Harrah`s Cherokee. What size will it be?

    • Dex Hubbard says:

      Hey Teresa,
      from the reports I’ve heard, as of now the New Harrah’s Casino in Murphy, NC will not be as big as Cherokee. They had less land to work with, and didn’t want to over extend themselves. We shall see what happens once it opens, as far as improvements and expansion.

      • Teresa Haynes says:

        I think it was silly to build the hotel first if they were limited on the land. They should have focused on the casino first. They could always buy more property for hotels. I won`t be going now. I will stick with Cherokee.

  28. Betty says:

    You say they will be ready to open in July or August, is that in 2015 or 2016.

  29. papat says:

    The cherokee casino and hotel didnot start out as large as it is today. the expansion has been in phases. there was an expanion to the Hotel when the wing was added then an expanion to the Casino. And then then the over then we have seen the Casino expanded several times and the hotel expanded. Give Murphy a chance before you judge

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