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North Carolina Sports Betting

North Carolina Sports Betting Legalization News

When Governor Roy Cooper signed bill S 154 into law in July 2019, North Carolina joined the list of states that officially legalized sports betting.

The law officially recognized sports betting under Class III gaming, giving the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, which runs each of the state’s two casinos, the right to book legal sports wagers.

The only downfall with sports betting in North Carolina is that there is no online presence of any kind. With both casinos sitting hours away from Raleigh and Charlotte, and sports bets only allowed to be made in person, the state is missing out on a lot of potential revenue.

There has been a bill introduced to study what statewide sports betting would look like, but no significant traction has been made yet.

Is sports betting legal in North Carolina?

Yes. Bill S 154 was put into law in July 2019, making North Carolina the 17th state to approve sports betting.

Where can I bet at North Carolina sportsbooks?

There are only two locations in which legal sports betting can take place in North Carolina: Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel. There is no online sports betting currently in North Carolina, so all bets must be made in-person, but DFS action is permitted across the state.

What about mobile sports betting apps in North Carolina?

As there is no online sports betting in North Carolina, there are currently no mobile sports betting apps active in the state.

What is the legal sports betting age in North Carolina?

Currently, you must be 21 years old to place a bet in North Carolina.

Who is allowed to offer North Carolina sports betting?

Only the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians can offer Class III gaming in North Carolina. They own two casinos (the only two in North Carolina), so for now those are the only locations allowed to offer sports betting. There are discussions to expand NC sports betting statewide, perhaps in a mobile format, but as of this moment there is only a bill proposed to study the scenario.

Who regulates or licenses North Carolina sports betting?

All gaming conducted on Eastern Cherokee lands are regulated by the Tribal Gaming Commission, as per the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Legalized sports betting was approved to fall under Class III gaming per SB 154, which made sports betting legal in North Carolina.

A study on expanding sports betting to the entire state, and the creation of a North Carolina Gaming Commission, is currently being discussed in legislature, under HB 929.

What sports will be favorites of North Carolina sports bettors?

North Carolina is no stranger to strong professional sports teams, with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes and the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. The state’s collegiate roster is even more impressive, with NCAA powerhouse programs in the Duke Blue Devils and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, as well as North Carolina State Wildcats, Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Davidson Wildcats.