Date: 2017-10-11 00:43
Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino opening Sept. 28; Food outlets announced
Lars Jones World Casino News
Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel near Murphy, North Carolina is set to officially open their doors to patrons at 2pm on September 28th. The $110 million facility is owned by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation and will be managed by Caesar Entertainment.
The 50,000 square foot casino floor will offer 1,050 slots and video poker machines and 70 Las Vegas style gaming tables such as blackjack, roulette, and craps. Cherokee Valley River Casino hopes to draw visitors from the North Georgia as well as the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. A spokesperson for the property also says that the Murphy location provides a complete experience for visitors who just want to gamble, relax, and have a little fun compared to the more resort-style destination offered at Harrah’s in Cherokee.
Over 500 people were employed in the construction of the facility and around 900 are expected to have jobs in management and support positions. Several job fairs have been held and the company is still hiring leading up to the grand opening.
The 300 room hotel is expected to open in tandem with the casino next month. Preliminary booking inquiries are showing upscale prices at the remote location with the least expensive Friday night room rates priced at $599 and mid-week prices beginning at $399 for mid-November stays, although those prices could change as market forces come to bear.
The dining line-up was recently announced and most of the offerings are of the casual and “grab and go” variety, with no upscale steak and seafood venues available. The five options include Earl of Sandwich, Panda Express, Papa John’s Pizza, Nathan’s Famous, and Starbucks quick bites.
Readers can view the exterior of the hotel and casino on a live construction cam. The parking lot and landscaping are all completed and workers are putting the final touches on the interior while dealers and support staff are trained inside.
Rivers Casino found liable in sexual harassment suit
Kim Morrison World Casino News
A Pittsburgh Rivers Casino cocktail waitress was awarded more than $1 million by a federal jury when it found the casino liable for violating its own zero-tolerance sexual harassment policy.
After Wednesday’s verdict, cocktail waitress Allyson Pelesky was awarded $150,000, and after deliberating further an additional $999,000 was awarded in punitive damages on Thursday.
According to Pelesky, after a player at the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania casino sexually harassed her in April by putting a $1 chip in her bra and touching her breast while she was working, all she wanted was the casino to ban the high-roller from the establishment.
Pelesky said, “From the very beginning, all I asked was that this man did not come back to the casino. I didn’t want to have to see him every day,” and added “Whether you’re a waitress or a manager, it doesn’t matter. We just deserve respect wherever.” According to Pelesky, since the incident she has been ridiculed by co-workers.
The incident was investigated by the state police, but the waitress chose not to press charges after the casino banned the customer accused of assaulting her, but the casino rescinded the lifetime ban 40 days later.
According to Tim Barry, Pelesky’s attorney, evidence presented supported the jury’s ruling. The casino does not agree with the ruling and said “we will be considering our options.”