A compact negotiated between North Carolina governor Bev Perdue and the Cherokee tribe that would allow live dealer table games at the Cherokee casino moved one step closer to adoption, when a bill to that effect was introduced and passed the Senate on Wednesday of last week.
The Asheville Citizen-Times is reporting that the measure will likely have more opposition in the House, where more members are opposed to expanding gambling in the state.
The proposed 30-year compact would provide for payments to the state of 4% of card game revenue in early years, expanding to 8% later. While the amount of payments is only a small part of the state’s budget, proponents of the bill are touting the employment benefits of allowing live dealers at the tribe’s casino. The measure would create approximately 400 new jobs for the region.