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  • Number of Casinos 3

  • Economic Impact $1.76 Billion

  • Jobs Supported 15,034

  • Tax Impact & Tribal Revenue Share $225.3 Million

  • Gross Gaming Revenue N/A

Size of circle indicates number of casinos in the area.

All location data is as of Dec. 31, 2020.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee is the only tribe in the state of North Carolina authorized to offer Class III gaming. Per the Compact, the Tribe may operate an unlimited number of Class III gaming facilities on Eastern Cherokee lands.

The Tribal Gaming Commission is responsible for the regulation of all gaming activities on Eastern Cherokee Lands.  The State of North Carolina is given limited regulatory scope over tribal gaming to ensure compliance with compact provisions.

The Compact grants the tribe the authority to enter into a management contract for the operation and management of a casino. The tribe has entered into a contract with Caesars Entertainment for the operation and management of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.

The compact is set to expire in 2042.

AVAILABLE GAMING LICENSES
Management Contract License
Gaming Vendor License

For more information on available gaming licenses, see Regulatory Fact Sheet.

REVENUE SHARE
In exchange for the exclusive right to conduct live table games, the tribe has agreed to provide revenue sharing payments to the state as follows:
 
YearsShare of Table Game GGR
2012-20164%
2017-20215%
2022-20266%
2027-20317%
2032-20428%

TAX PROMOTIONAL CREDITS
Promotional credits do not affect revenue sharing in the state.

WITHHOLDINGS ON WINNINGS
The state does not withhold a percentage of gambling winnings at tribal casinos. However, federal law may require tribal casinos to issue a W-2G form to persons and may withhold winnings if certain conditions are met. For more information click here.

STATE USE OF REVENUE
All monies received by the state under the revenue sharing agreement go to local school administrative units and charter schools within the state.

TRIBAL USE OF REVENUE
Requirements as described in IGRA.

STATUTORY FUNDING REQUIREMENT
None

SELF-EXCLUSION
The Tribe shall maintain its existing programs, provided through Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, which address gambling addiction and promote responsible gaming. The Tribe shall provide similar programs at any new gaming facilities of the Tribe. Harrah’s Casino currently offers a self-exclusion program.

COMPLIMENTARY ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
None

ADVERTISING RESTRICTIONS
The tribe shall prohibit any and all forms of advertising targeting or enticing underage gambling.

ON-PREMISE DISPLAY REQUIREMENT
Posting of responsible gaming signage and gambling helpline phone numbers

AGE RESTRICTIONS
Must be 21 years of age to purchase a gaming ticket or participate in any Class III game.

OPERATION ON HOLIDAYS
Yes

TESTING REQUIREMENTS
Electronic Gaming Machines must receive approval and certification by the tribal gaming commission as well as an independent testing laboratory.

ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING REQUIREMENTS
Federal compliance requirements under the Bank Secrecy Act.

SHIPPING REQUIREMENTS
Federal shipping requirements under the Johnson Act.

RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Yes

CREDIT OFFERED TO PATRONS
The Tribe may not extend credit to gaming patrons for amounts less than $1,000.

AUTHORIZED OPERATORS
Tribal casinos

MOBILE/ONLINE
Allowed on-premise only

TAX RATE
N/A

INITIAL LICENSING FEE
N/A

LICENSE RENEWAL FEE
N/A

AMATEUR RESTRICTIONS
None

OFFICIAL DATA MANDATE
None

INTEGRITY FEE
None