We have gone several times and always left losers. I really don't have any fun feeding the machines when they are so tight. That's just my experience, I'm sure there are luckier people who play.
I actually work at a Seminole Casino, and I have to say this; tight and loose is an illusion. The machines are designed to have a huge edge in the long run. I can give details on what I mean if youd like me to...
Pocket some of your winnings and put it off limits to spending.
When you win a jackpot, you won, leave. I see people win JPs all the time, they win, dont flinch, and continue playing like they have a non stop twitch in their wrist. Really, do they somehow think they are going to win higher than the JP? Not possible.
Bring money that you CAN waste and nothing else.
Plan to loose and have fun. If you win when you expect to loose then you will be that much happier. But if its the other way around, you will leave entirely unsatisfied.
As for Cherokee Harrahs; I believe its pretty nice. A lot of class 2 machines (basically bingo with visuals to make it legal). All they have is virtual BlackJack which is the same as a slot machine (it just looks like BJ) to be legal. I know I dont sound like Im praising it but I absolutley enjoyed myself while I was there.
I have to say number one rule is get yourself in the right mind set. You are there to have fun, not make money (although it just might be a side benefit).
I went years ago and didn't like the casino at all. I've been to many casinos in a lot of different states and that was my least favorite casino. When I was there, it was very small but it has since expanded. They didn't even have the big hotel there when I went. :) Slots were very tight then and they had a different type of slot machine than I was used to play....lock and roll, maybe? It was something like that. Other people I know that live close by there, go occasionally and sometimes they have luck and sometimes not. I did go past it in September when I went to Dillsboro, NC but didn't stop. I would say if you enjoy casinos and never have been there, than it's worth it to go check it out. If you don't have any luck at least you have a beautiful drive to and from it! :)
Good luck if you go.
We go there almost every time we go to Gatlinburg. It is a beautiful drive, and we have fun. We have a set amount to gamble with, and if we win, fine- if not, thats fine too, because the money we spent would have been spent at a movie or other entertainment.
I have only won once, and I won enough to pay for our rental chalet :) We never expect to win, it's just for fun.
I hear they are adding a Paula Deen buffet at Harrah's, so a beautiful drive, a little fun, and a good meal sounds like a nice day to me!
We stayed there a 3 nights in April 2010 then 4 nights in a cabin in Gatlinburg and drove over the mountain everyday. Harrahs Casino in Cherokee and the hotel is very nice and they have nice big rooms.I hit a Progressive slot on a Blazing 7 machine and then hit big on a Wheel of Fortune machine.
I went back with a friend in June2010 for a girls trip and spend a night there and 2 nights at The Inn of The Seven Clans because the hotel was booked up.The machines were playing out alittle but not that much.Food wasnt good at all there.The shuttle bus driver told us since the contsruction had been going on that he hasnt heard of alot of big winners.
Then in November2010 me and my husband spent a couple of nights there and a couple of nights in Gatlinburg and we did ok but nothing big.Since all the construction has been going on its been kinda tight over there right now.The casino itself is very nice and they were putting in a Paula Deen restaurant but I have eaten at the casino several times and just dont like their food but maybe with the new restaurants now it is better.If you havent never been then go.Its a beautiful drive over there and alot of great places to pull over and get some good pictures.
When we came back to Gatlinburg for Christmas last year(2010) we didnt even bother going over to Cherokee.We had the kids with us and the big snow event and Christmas so we didnt go.
We went to Harrahs in Tunica,MS for New Years Eve and there casino always has good food(Paula Deens Buffet)and fresh.There slots were paying out very good and we walked away with 3 times the $ we went with.
We are planning on going to Las Vegas at some point this year.Ive never been but my husband has been a few times so im curious how LV will compare to Tunica and Cherokee.
If you go Good Luck and let us know how you did.BTW you can only play the slots only if your card is in the machine so you have to get a card to be able to play ,but if you play enough they will send you comp's too.
CG...you'll love Las Vegas! I've been there 7 times (last time was 4-5 yrs ago), been to Tunica 7 times as well and just the one time to Harrah's Cherokee. IMO, nothing compares to Las Vegas. I never came home a huge winner from Vegas (never won really big anywhere) but my money always seemed to last longer there than other casino locations. Tunica is nice but not much else to do there if you need a break from the casinos.
Have fun when you go! If you go in the summer, it will be VERY hot!
cookie thanks for the info and I will pm you when we start planning to ask you some questions on hotels,restaurants,shows,must do's etc. if thats ok with you.Ive been on the LV forum a few times but I would rather get the low down from someone I know.(well someone on here that I talk to).
We have been going there for about the last 4 or 5 years and we have always had some good luck. Not winning big money but usually leaving with more than we came with. I enjoy any casino I go to, so I may not be the best person to ask about enjoying it. I always take what I am willing to donate to whatever state I am in. If I loose all my money I am upset with myself as I am walking out, but that never last long!!!
CG, you will love Vegas!!! Been going there for years and there is so much to see and do besides gambling. I love to just walk the strip and visit each casino. Since you have a Totals Reward Card go into their website and you may find that you have comped rooms in Vegas. We have not paid for a room the last 5 times we have gone there.