Review update October 26 2016: I went back to Harrahs Cherokee Valley River Casino this week for a quick one-day trip mainly to help push my Total Rewards points over the finish line to make it to Diamond for the first time. It looks like they have made a couple of improvements since my last trip and still have a couple of gaps.
First the good news, they have added more tables including $50 minimum blackjack tables in the high-limit room. Also, the dealers are now much more comfortable and competent so the play is more consistent. Talking to the dealers and pit bosses it sounds like they are doing decent business during the day, but not much play at night since there is still not much else in terms of entertainment to keep people around the area.
On the less than exciting side, there is still no poker room and no timeline to have one. The dining options are still pretty bleak and they are working on a ‘flagship’ restaurant without much luck since they want a nice place that would serve all three meals, or stay open 24/7, which is probably a hard sell with their clientele and lack of evening crowd.
I’m going to stick with my original recommendation that Harrahs Cherokee Valley River Casino is purely for gamblers, a decent place to go for a few hours of slots, blackjack, roulette, etc, but if you are looking for more than just gambling and want more of an experience it’s worth the extra hour drive from Atlanta to Harrahs Cherokee.