On a recent trip to the mountains I wanted to “get away” and enjoy a little time at the Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee. The Murphy, NC Casino has yet to be built but I am willing to travel through Swain County to get to the Cherokee Casino that has been open since 1997. I have a good friend that happens to work for the Cherokee Indian Tribe so I sent him a text asking if they had craps tables. He didn’t think they did, but was not sure. Suffice it to say that he is not a big gambler; he just cashes those per capita checks.
Upon checking in at the Microtel in Bryson City I asked the man working at the desk if there were craps tables at the Cherokee Harrah’s casino. He said, “Absolutely!” This put a smile on my face. He also explained that on a Friday or Saturday night it might not be very easy to find a table that is less than $15 or $20 as a minimum bet. Heck, this is similar to Las Vegas. Even though this was the case, I still wanted to check out the craps tables at the Cherokee Harrah’s Casino.
One of the best things about craps is the socializing that is done at the table. This is one of the reasons I absolutely love craps. There are no other card games in which everyone at the table is winning at one time. If craps tables are not social they are missing out on the best part of the game. I had to walk all the way across the casino to finally find the craps tables. When you walk in the main entrance there are a dozen card game tables but mostly blackjack and no craps. When I first saw this I was a little saddened. I thought these were the only card games available.
I kept walking through the casino towards the back and I started to hear quite a bit of commotion. I knew this was where the action was at. There was a “high stakes” room with baccarat and then I saw the sticks in the area. I always get excited when I see the sticks in the air and people rolling dice. I decided to walk around the dozen or so craps tables to see which one I wanted to gamble at.
I stopped at a table that was $10 minimum bet and the table was full. One of my rules when playing craps is that I will only play at a table with at least one female. Fortunately, there were a couple females at this table. I was up, down and all around when at this particular craps table. I got up $200 or $300, then lost it all then got back up about $75. I decided to leave when the table went cold.
I went to another table across the way and tried my luck again. It was very similar to the first table. Nothing too hot and nothing too cold; just break even. Overall, I was quite impressed with the craps table experience at the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. I can only hope that is replicated at the new Murphy Valley River Harrah’s Casino. I guess we will find out in late 2015.
If you are in Atlanta, Asheville, Knoxville or Charlotte and you are looking to enjoy a fun craps table experience I would suggest hoping on over the the Cherokee Casino. I think you will enjoy yourself. Heck, you may even see me there.