Las Vegas Gambling Begins In NC
Special Report - August 21, 2012
Today, Governor Beverly Perdue (D) will join Principal Chief Michell Hicks of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in officially welcoming Las Vegas-style live casino gambling to North Carolina. In a press release, the tribe touts an event at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel in Western North Carolina this afternoon with the Governor, Principal Chief, and other tribal and state leaders “officially open[ing] live table game offerings” at the only casino in the state. The first live dealer games in the casino were played last week by invited VIPs, according to a report in the Asheville Citizen Times.
The change in play is the result of a new Gaming Compact signed by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Governor Perdue, coupled with changes to the state’s gambling laws that were passed by legislators during this year’s “Short Session.” Governor Beverly Perdue (D) signed S582Authorize Indian Gaming/Revenue into law in early June to change state law to make the gambling expansion legal, but the amended Compact required the approval of the U.S. Department of Interior, which was granted in early August. The amended Compact allows the Cherokee to offer Class III gaming activities, including craps, roulette, blackjack, and poker with live dealers, as well as to open up two additional casinos. A small portion of the revenue from the gambling expansion is allocated to the State.
The press release, touting today’s visit by the Governor, notes that the live dealer blackjack, craps, and roulette games are currently available. The casino plans to have up to 100 table games available by November, including slot machines.
The casino is completing a $650 million expansion project that makes the 56-acre resort one of the largest in the United States. The expansion, both in physical size and in the scope of gambling offerings, has led the casino to hire an additional 500 dealers, bringing the total number of employees up to 2,300.
“It is a sad day when the Governor of North Carolina is touting the expansion of addictive and harmful gambling as helpful to the citizens of this state,” said Bill Brooks, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council. “The negative social and economic costs of the increased addiction, crime, financial ruin, and broken families that are all well-documented results of Class III casino gambling are nothing to be celebrated.”
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Gambling Compact Signed Into Law - June 7, 2012
House Votes To Expand Cherokee Gambling - June 6, 1012
House Tentatively Approves Gambling Expansion - June 1, 2012
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Gambling Bill Constitutionally Flawed - May 25, 2012
Senate Expands Cherokee Gambling - May 17, 2012
Legislators Return To Raleigh - May 15, 2012
Playing To Lose - FNC - Spring 2012
Gambling With Families - FNC Commentary - Winter 2012
Cherokee Gambling Proposal Signed - November 29, 2011
Bringing Las Vegas to North Carolina - FNC - Fall 2011
Cherokee Want Own ABC System - May 4, 2011
Cherokee Casino Wants Expanded Alcohol Sales - November 24, 2009
Governor Considers Expanding Cherokee Casino Gambling Options - December 8, 2005
Cherokee Political Contributions Unreported - October 29, 2007
Cherokee Casino Sees Significant Growth - January 31, 2007
Senator Dole Introduces Lumbee Recognition Act - January 19, 2007
Lumbee Bill Introduced in Congress - January 10, 2007
Lumbee Bill to Get Senate Hearing - July 10, 2006
Cherokee Gambling Negotiations End - April 21, 2006
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