Tribal Organization – Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
CHEROKEE VALLEY RIVER CASINO
Near Murphy, NC
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are building the new Valley River Casino & Hotel near Murphy in Cherokee County. The location is an 85-acre tract of tribal land in the western North Carolina mountains near U.S. 19/74. This is an hour from Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and two hours from Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Atlanta.
The estimated cost will be $110 million and includes 60,000 square feet of gaming space and a 300-room hotel. There will be 900 new jobs created.
- April 2013: The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians announced plans to build a second casino in the Murphy-Andrews area about an hour’s drive southwest of Harrah’s Cherokee resort.
- October 15, 2013: The tribe celebrated the ground-breaking ceremony for their new Valley River Casino & Hotel.
- 2015: The casino and hotel will open in 2015. A specific date has not been announced.
- Caesars Entertainment will manage this operation
- 1,200 slot machines
- 40-50 table games
- Small restaurants