Harrah’s brings sports betting to Murphy casino

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MURPHY, North Carolina (WDEF) – Harrah’s is adding sports betting to their casinos in Cherokee and Murphy in North Carolina.

“The Book” will operate in both facilities, allowing gamblers to bet on college and pro sports as well as off-track racing.

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The space offers betting kiosks,bar-top gaming plus a 32-foot Big Screen with reclined seating, just like you would find in Las Vegas.

The Vice Chief of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, Alan Ensley, says “We’ve created a Vegas-style atmosphere at The Book for our guests to enjoy, so we’re happy that today they can now fully experience it.”

Harrah’s says they will be the first of their kind in the state of North Carolina.

Tennessee allowed online sports betting at the end of last year, mainly through apps. But it does not allow in-person betting, like The Book offers.

Georgia lawmakers are considering a betting bill now.

The Senate has approved allowing online gambling on pro and college sports (except on Georgia colleges). But details could still change before a final bill passes.  Georgia voters would have the final say in a referendum on sports gambling.

In Alabama, sports betting was included in the proposals covering a lottery, casinos and tracks.

But while the lottery bill is showing signs of advancing, sports betting is on the back burner. However supporters say it could still emerge this session.

Back in North Carolina, “We are thrilled to be able to offer this new amenity to sports fans, especially on the opening day of the NCAA basketball tournament. We know our guests will thoroughly enjoy The Book and the diverse betting experience it will provide”– Lumpy Lambert, Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel General Manager.