Michell Hicks, right, principal chief of Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, holds up a pen Gov. Beverly Perdue, left, used to signed the bill that will allow the Cherokee Indians in western North Carolina to operate live dealer games at their casinos.
RALEIGH -- North Carolinaís Cherokee casino expects to offer live games like blackjack, roulette and poker starting July 4 after state lawmakers put aside concerns about the morality of gambling and approved legislation legalizing Las Vegas-style games on tribal lands.
Gov. Bev Perdue signed the bill minutes after the Senate gave it final approval Wednesday, touting gaming as an financial boon for economically depressed areas in western North Carolina.
The initial weekend will feature live dealers on some, but not all, table games, he said, with full implementation expected in three months.
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