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Harrah's Cherokee

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by jtdestef, Feb 21, 2017.

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  1. jtdestef

    jtdestef Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Had a bachelor party i was going to this past weekend in Asheville. A few of us decided to drive up a night early and hit the casino at Cherokee.

    I hadn't been out to Cherokee before, but I was pleasantly surprised with how nice the resort was. We had the lowest tier room and it might have been nicer than the Mirage room I usually stay in when I'm in Vegas. The resort overall was much bigger and nicer than I had expected too. Overall, just a really cool place.

    The area surrounding the casino I can't say too much about. You drive up and down a windy mountain road through the middle of nowhere for 30 minutes before you get to the resort. I definitely didn't want to be broken down anywhere around there. We joked about how many meth labs had to be in the trailers surrounding, but it really probably wasn't too far off.

    On the way in, we stopped at the last liquor store before getting there and stocked up on some bourbon, vodka, and fireball. I had read on here already that drinks weren't comped in the casino, so we wanted to be prepared. We then stopped by 2 separate gas stations hoping to pick up a case of beer as well, but neither one sold alcohol, so we just grabbed some ginger ales and cups and decided that should be plenty.

    After an hour or so of pounding as many drinks as possible before hitting the casino, we found a blackjack table with just enough open spots for our group. I hit a blackjack on 2 of my first 4 hands and was surprised to find out that they paid 3 to 2 on blackjacks. I thought that was going to be the start of an awesome night. I was wrong... 700 bucks later, I moseyed back up to the room with my head down. Every single one of the 4 of us lost big. Never seen so many multi card 21's from a dealer.

    Overall though, still a fun trip. We were able to drive there and split a room 4 ways, so still cheaper than a Vegas trip for me. Looking forward to my New Orleans trip coming up this summer now.
     
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  2. UTHguy

    UTHguy Low-Roller

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    It is a nice casino for so far out in the boonies. I'm guessing you came in via Maggie Valley as your description of the ABC store and the windy road is what I remember. The adult beverage trick at Cherokee is to empty out a soft drink or Gatorade bottle, mix your drink of choice in your room and take it down to the casino. Then you don't have to worry about slamming down a bunch of drinks before walking over there.

    I really wish they would get Ultimate Texas HoldEm up there. They've been talking about it for a while, but I haven't seen it announced. Did you happen to notice?
     
  3. Richard Alpert

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    Cue "Dueling Banjos." :D

    Thanks for the report!
    I like reading TRs, even about places I may never get to.
    But being from another middle-of-nowhere, I might feel right at home at Cherokee then!
    Except for the buying my own drinks, of course! :cool:

    Thanks again! I hope the rest of the bachelor party trip was a blast!

    RICHARD
     
  4. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Nice report! I drove there once from Atlanta. Fairly pretty drive that way, but yeah, I wouldn't want to be broke down in some spots either. Only time I ever tried "e-table" hold 'em. They couldn't have real cards back then...silly laws.
     
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