Bill permitting new Cherokee gambling becomes law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians wants the tribe's casino to have new live dealer games in place for the July 4 holiday now that its new compact with Gov. Beverly Perdue can be carried out.

Perdue signed Wednesday a gambling bill that was given final approval an hour earlier by the General Assembly. The law allows the compact to be executed so table games run by human dealers can operate at the Harrah's Cherokee casino.

Tribe principal chief Michell Hicks said he wants the compact fully implemented within 90 days.

Compact boosters said the compact will create 400 jobs and give the state a cut of new game revenues. Opponents said the change will cause make more people become addicted to gambling.

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