Indian Casino Coming Soon

Indian Casino Coming Soon!
A large gambling casino, complete with live dealers, is planned for Murphy, NC in the near future.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) has a huge gambling complex on the main reservation about 50 miles east of Murphy. It includes gaming rooms, restaurants, show room and large hotel.
But the Eastern Cherokee (the bulk of the tribe was forced to move to Oklahoma in the 1830’s) has always had only video machines for gamblers. For years the tribe has negotiated with the State of North Carolina to be permitted to have live dealers.
So in mid-June the pact was finally signed by both the tribe and the state. It will allow live dealers and the construction of a new casino at Murphy, moves that will create hundreds of jobs.
The land has already been purchased, more than 800 acres of forest about four miles east of town, at a cost exceeding $6 million.
“Cherokee County (Murphy) is our first priority for expansion,” chief Michell Hicks said.
He said tribal officials have been on the site recently, looking and planning for the new casino. The site in convenient to four-lane US-74 and the state-owned railway that parallels the highway.
Adam Wachacha, the local representative to the Tribal Council, said the casino when fully build could provide 1,000 new jobs.
“We started trying for live table gaming in 1997,” he said. “We will now have Las Vegas-style gambling right here. Folks who have been going to the riverboats in Mississippi can find live dealers right here in the Smokies.”
One of the main benefits of the Murphy casino will be that it is located one hour nearer to both Atlanta and Chattanooga population centers than the Harrah’s operation on the reservation.
Increased tourist traffic is the goal of the new pact, which will benefit the tribe and the state. According to the agreement, the State of North Carolina will get revenue from the live table gambling over the next 30 years.
The state’s “cut” starts off at 4 percent from the live gaming tables, then rises in increments to 8 percent for the last 10 years of the deal.
New live tables at the casino on the reservation will include craps, blackjack, roulette and mini-baccarat, an official said. Similar games are expected at Murphy when the new gaming venue opens here.
Wachacha indicated that movement on the new Murphy casino construction should be seen by next year.

31 Responses to “Indian Casino Coming Soon”

  1. Mary says:

    Does anyone know when this would take place?

    • Dex Hubbard says:

      No, but the plan is to build a Resort is what has been disclosed to me. I would assume as soon as all the legalities are worked out. I have heard that the Eastern Band has surveyed the slow down lane for the entrance and that several members have taken a look at a proposed site. Other than these comments all I have heard is through reading local newspapers. I would think the Band would have a website up or some comments.Keep an eye open as I truly believe they have not spent millions to do nothing.

  2. Darlene says:



  3. Jake says:

    Nothing against them, but I hope if this goes through that it’s a different casino brand, a Tropicana, or MGM or something. Nothing against Harrah’s but a little variety wouldn’t hurt.

  4. Louise Hammerl says:

    How would one apply for a restaurant management position in this new casino?

  5. I am ready when y,all are since the people in ga will neaver wake up I am glad my neighbors to the north have vision I do go to Cherokee but this whould be closer and i could round trip it once a week thank you geo

  6. Shirley McDaniel says:

    When will it open

  7. Bristy says:

    I would like to know how to get a room when you guys open

  8. my wife and i go to cherokee about once amonth and we also frequent the hollywood casinos in tunica. Please put us on the list for the opening in august.we will be celebrating our 35th anniversary this august and i would like it to be surprise if you can help me. we are happy that you are closer with the new property. we live in lawrenceville. ga and its is about 1 and half hours if you know the way.looking forward to playing at your property. keep in touch so we dont miss a chance for the opening.

  9. Shirley Barber says:

    Let me know when you open up because I would like a room when it opens. Me and my friend goes to Cherokee casino about every two months but if we can get rooms there we will come there because it closer

  10. SANDY LAKE says:


  11. please advise us when you open….we travel to Biloxi ever few months…our 50th anniversary is august 17, thank you in advance… we live in ga…

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  13. linda jordan says:

    please notify me about opening date of the casino in murphy nc

  14. Deana Warner says:

    please notify me when opening or send a web site

  15. HELEN RAMSEY says:


  16. Let me know the date the casino will open

  17. Shirley says:

    Please let me know when it is going to open

  18. sue christian says:

    Please let me know ahead of when the casino will be open, I need to rent a motel for a few days.

  19. Joe & Diane says:

    Please let us know when opening day will be.

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