Poker in 3:49?
Currently they aren't allowed to have live cards and even the blackjack done there is on a video-style monitor.
He quotes an article from the North Carolina wire of the wire service I work for. The original article is actually from the Raleigh, N.C., News & Observer. Looks like so far, the North Carolina governor and the Cherokee Indians are working on an agreement.
Cherokee is the closest of gambling destinations from my house, being only 3 hours, 49 minutes away, according to Mapquest. It would certainly make a decision easier for me to jump in the car and drive out there if I was bored with the online tables.
Doug has a funny story of one of his friend's love of Harrah's Cherokee, that one day she was tired of being stuck in Atlanta's Interstate 75 traffic and instead of turning off on her exit, she made a beeline for the casino, three hours away. Maybe casino planners can say offering poker will add to Atlanta's traffic mitigation efforts???
That said, the real spice of a poker trip is variety and until other casinos are built in the area, Cherokee, N.C., won't have anything on the poker plexes up and running in Tunica and Biloxi, each more than 6 hours away by car. In 8 hours or so you can reach the Tampa/St. Petersburg area for plenty of more poker and dog track action.
Lou mentions that it's a sign that interest in poker hasn't declined. I think it also indicates the growing mainstream acceptance of the game, particularly in a Bible Belt state. I only hope we're not on the dog side of the poker boom bell curve right now.