Ron44
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August 27th, 2019 at 6:21:12 AM permalink
Please advise the Pros and Cons of this casino. I play baccarat at the $15 min tables. Thanks.
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August 27th, 2019 at 6:38:53 AM permalink
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Please advise the Pros and Cons of this casino. I play baccarat at the $15 min tables. Thanks.



Pros:

Beautiful building, decent amount of tables and variety of games.
Las Vegas gaming rules for the most part.
Pretty low table minimums.
Fairly decent freeplay and room comp offers for returning players. Ok for red chippers, better than usual for high rollers.
Fairly liberal craps rules. Think it was 10x odds. Not sure about bacc.
Gorgeous area of the lower Appalachians. Fun touristy stuff to do all around you.

Cons:

Weird security with mandatory ID and bag checks.
Not great food on site, mediocre Diamond Lounge.
No local gaming competition.
Very remote place, expensive to get there, expensive area to stay nearby.
Hard to book a room comp if you get one. They're sold out a lot.
Native American casino - Harrah's just runs the games for them, but you're in their jurisdiction if something goes sideways, not the state's.
I think we had to pay for alcoholic drinks. Can't remember for sure. (I usually don't drink while playing even if the alcohol is comped.)

Overall, I enjoyed them very much.
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August 27th, 2019 at 7:06:20 AM permalink
Thank you for your detailed list of pros and cons.
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August 27th, 2019 at 2:20:28 PM permalink
Wow, this is my home casino and I visit it several times a year. I have a few different opinions.

1. Has a reputation far and wide for terrible comps. Babs has had a different experience, apparently. I get flyers offering me $5 free-play!!! and its a 2.5 hour drive to get to casino. Pffft.
2. High table minimums.
3. During peak hours, very hard to get a seat at a table game such as UTH, Miss Stud, High Card Flush, etc. They keep the number of dealers low so that every seat is taken and patrons are forced to stand and watch even though there are multiple empty (no dealer) tables of the same game. I have waited 45 minutes for a seat at the game of my choice.
4. Service is occasionally rude. They are an outpost casino with no real competitors, drawing on a large population area. It shows.
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6, Best facility for large poker tournaments on the WSOP Circuit tour.
7. Restaurants are either very pricey (e.g., Ruth Chris) or terrible food.
8. New parking garage is under construction so parking is occasionally limited.
9. Rooms are nice but go up to like $600/night when the WSOP Circuit tour is there, which is 6 weeks a year. Also, nothing for wives to do at hotel - no entertainment, terrible shops. Truly awful.
10. Nothing else to do in town except ripoff Indian attractions- and Wifi/internet access is very slow (almost unusable) at most other hotels in Cherokee.

Edit: And Babs is correct - they are forbidden by law from comping alcoholic beverages.
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August 27th, 2019 at 2:27:55 PM permalink
I get comp offers from Harrah's Cherokee and I have never played there. I just assume that it is because I play at other Harrah's properties. A few months ago they offered me $400 in free play just to show up. A good offer but not enough to entice me to go across country.
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August 27th, 2019 at 3:06:24 PM permalink
gordonm888, I appreciate the feedback. It sounds pretty bad. I might try it once since it is the only casino within 100 miles of my home. Thank you.
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August 27th, 2019 at 5:31:46 PM permalink
FWIW. I get MUCH better offers than $5 fp. I was there once. Gave them some decent play. Probably about to fall off their mailing list, though, because it was the Eclipse and I haven't been back.

If you guys remember 2Feathers, that was his home casino, too. He was getting 500-1000 fp's a couple times a week. I think he only played bj a couple times a month.

So I have to think maybe they aren't that fond of whatever you're playing over there, Gordon, or what amounts you're exposing. But idk what they expect, just that if you're low-rolling several times a week, maybe you're there too much.

I do know my CET offers improve if I leave them alone for a while.
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August 27th, 2019 at 5:49:44 PM permalink
I got room comps and about $200/month in freeplay when Cherokee was the closest casino to me. I played about 50k/month coin in on machines and a few hours of light green chip bj.

It's hard to use the room comps at Cherokee. Always gotta duck leaf peepers, motorcyclists, national park goers, and the wsop.

I do kind of disagree about the things for "wives" to do. The spa is great, the affiliated golf course is solid, and my life would kinda suck if my wife didn't gamble.
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August 27th, 2019 at 6:23:00 PM permalink
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So I have to think maybe they aren't that fond of whatever you're playing over there, Gordon, or what amounts you're exposing. But idk what they expect, just that if you're low-rolling several times a week, maybe you're there too much.



I play there 4-6 X a year, not twice a week. And the $5 FP offers I receive was not the point, its that they have a widespread reputation amongst players that I know in the region of being bad on food and room comps, certainly compared to Vegas casinos.
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August 27th, 2019 at 6:34:12 PM permalink
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Wow, this is my home casino and I visit it several times a year. I have a few different opinions.

1. Has a reputation far and wide for terrible comps. Babs has had a different experience, apparently. I get flyers offering me $5 free-play!!! and its a 2.5 hour drive to get to casino. Pffft. .

for some reason their computer doesn't like you.

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