New Harrah's casino hotel opens in Murphy, N.C.

A new Harrah’s casino and resort opened in Murphy, N.C.

The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation and Caesars Entertainment partnered to build Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel. The resort has 50,000 square feet of gaming space with more than 1,000 slot machines and 70 table games; a food court; and a 300-room, full-service hotel.

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Construction of the $110 million complex took nearly two years and created 500 construction jobs. The casino will employ approximately 900 people.

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The 160-room property features more than 5,000 square feet of meeting space, a bar, a fitness center, an indoor pool and a grab-and-go shop.

The appointments comprise two executive chefs, a director of food and beverage, a restaurant general manager and an executive pastry chef.

The company appointed Pete Sams, formerly EVP of full-service operations at Interstate Hotels & Resorts, chief operating officer.