Since the Catawba Two Kings Casino opened the doors of its pre-launch facility on July 1, 2021, guests have been enjoying a thrilling, new gaming destination 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The casino has been a dream of the Catawba Nation for a decade, and even though it’s not quite complete, there is still a lot to celebrate during the first weeks of the pre-launch facility’s opening.
Throughout the first weeks of its opening, the Catawba Two Kings Casino has seen over 100,000 guests come through the front doors. With over 500 slot machines to choose from, guests have the opportunity to win big and have fun. There have been dozens of jackpots won since the casino’s opening, including several $10,000 cashouts and even one guest going home with a $75,000 jackpot! Popular games like Panda Magic and Golden Century seem to be crowd favorites for casino guests.
The Catawba Two Kings Casino has had a positive impact on the community as a whole. Kings Mountain officials have commented that since its opening, the casino has brought in more crowds and revenue for local businesses, including shops and restaurants. The casino is also participating as a sponsor for Kings Mountain city events and activities, helping draw in more attendees from other areas. Kings Mountain mayor Scott Neisler commented, “They have really shown they want to be a part of the community in a positive way.”
It’s not just the area of Kings Mountain that is seeing positive trends since the opening of the casino. Trent Troxel, vice president of the Catawba Nation Gaming Authority and Catawba Nation citizen, explained “The opportunities are endless for the next generation.” Mike Ulizio, president of the Catawba Nation Gaming Authority commented, “The casino will help increase resources available for the Catawba Nation to improve their quality of life.”
In addition to adding an entertaining, profitable attraction to the area, the Catawba Two Kings Casino is responsible for providing jobs to 235 employees thus far. In April 2020, the Catawba Nation’s unemployment rate was 13.8 percent. However, this number is predicted to shrink as the growing Catawba Two Kings Casino creates jobs for Catawba citizens, as well as the Kings Mountain community. 90 of the 235 employees are Kings Mountain residents, and 34 are Catawba Citizens.
If you’ve yet to visit the Catawba Two Kings Casino, but you’re ready to stop in – here’s a list of tips that can help prepare you to have the best experience possible.
The casino is located at 538 Kings Mountain Blvd. Kings Mountain, North Carolina, 28086 – less than 40 miles west of Charlotte. Use Exit 5 on I-85, turn right onto Dixon School Road, and continue onto Kings Mountain Blvd. The casino is not far from Exit 5.
One of the best ways to enjoy the Catawba Two Kings Casino and all it has to offer is by signing up for the Lucky North Club before your visit. This rewards and loyalty program offers benefits to its card holders. Using the Lucky North Club Card is the easiest way to enjoy the gaming experience.
Don’t forget to take your ID with you! Guests are required to show ID for all large jackpot payouts. If you forgot to bring cash with you, ATMs are available. If you work up an appetite during your gameplay, there is a limited food and beverage menu available for guests. As of now, no alcohol is available for purchase.
According to Mike Ulizio, president of the Catawba Nation Gaming Authority, “The casino certainly sees larger crowds during the day but is attracting a good number of players during the night and early morning.” If you’re looking to avoid the crowds due to social distancing or just to prevent waiting for a certain machine, consider visiting in the afternoon. Times for specific promotions vary, and guests should sign up for emails through the Lucky North Club to learn more about them.
The Catawba Two Kings Casino is practicing safety procedures and protocols to best protect guests and employees from COVID-19. All employees are required to wear a mask, and guests are encouraged to wear one as well. Disposable masks are available for guests when they enter the casino. “We have worked with Cintas to provide proper cleaning materials to sanitize the facility,” Mike Ulizio explains.
Even in just the first weeks of its opening, the Catawba Two Kings Casino is transforming the community around it for the better and is evolving into a major entertainment attraction. The city of Kings Mountain and the Catawba Nation have seen positive changes in their businesses, employment rates, and tourism.