Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel in Murphy, North Carolina is currently undergoing a $275 million expansion project. The project, a joint effort between the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and Harrah’s Entertainment Inc, is set to be completed by late 2024.
The expansion project will include a 25,000 square foot gaming floor with 300 new slot machines and table games, as well as the highly anticipated World Series of Poker – Poker Room, a casino bar with 22 seats, and an expanded motor coach lobby. Additionally, a new 296-room hotel tower will be built, complete with an indoor pool, spa, and fitness center spread across 9,600 square feet. Other leisure and entertainment amenities such as a rooftop restaurant with a mountain view and a wine cellar will also be added. The hotel tower is expected to open in late 2024, along with a 1,500-space parking deck to provide direct access to the gaming facility.
The expansion is not only expected to create a significant number of construction jobs but also generate around 100 permanent jobs in the casino, hotel, and catering facilities. It is reported that starting wages for hourly positions will be set at $15/hour, with all employees eligible for career growth opportunities within Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos.
Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River General Manager Lumpy Lambert expressed excitement about the long-anticipated expansion project, stating, “We recognized the necessity of an expansion when we opened eight years ago. We are certainly looking forward to the opportunity to grow and expand our market.”
Lambert also emphasized the significance of the expansion for the development of tribal programs, stating, “The expansion can assist in not only the continued development of tribal programs, but tribal distribution for enrolled members and job opportunities. Assisting tribal distribution and tribal programming are our primary goals for the EBCI.” He further noted that the new resort’s design will feature Cherokee cultural elements to maintain the cultural integration of the Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos.
Overall, the $275 million expansion of Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel is expected to bring significant growth and development to the leisure and entertainment offerings in Murphy, North Carolina, while also contributing to the local economy and job market.