State Politics

August 23, 2014

New casino games fuel growth in Cherokee, even as potential for gambling competition looms

Two years ago this month, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians began offering slot machines and live dice and card games, creating a mini-Las Vegas tucked in the western North Carolina mountains. It brought in more than $500 million in gambling revenue in 2013, fueling massive growth in Cherokee. The big-dollar growth demonstrates what’s at stake as the tribe faces the threat of competition from a centuries-old rival, the Catawba Indian Nation.

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