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Cherokee casino to add live table games

4:08 PM, Jun 6, 2012   |    comments
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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will soon add live table games to its gambling repertoire at its far western North Carolina casino.

The General Assembly gave final legislative approval Wednesday to a bill that tinkered with gambling laws so that a compact the tribe and Gov. Beverly Perdue signed can be carried out. The Senate agreed to House changes to the bill by a vote of 35-11.

The bill now goes to Perdue, who is expected to sign it into law later Wednesday.

The Harrah's Cherokee casino currently only offers electronic versions of gambling favorites. Compact boosters said the compact will help create 400 jobs and give the state a cut of new game revenues.

Opponents said the change will cause more people to become addicted to gambling.

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