North Carolina Online Sports Betting Laws
Sports betting is legal in North Carolina, although currently only at two tribal sportsbooks.
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Is Sports Betting Legal in North Carolina?
Yes. North Carolina sports betting is legal, although it is currently limited to two retail locations at tribal casinos in the state.
Is Online Sports Betting Legal in North Carolina?
No. The legislation opening the door to sportsbooks only authorized sports wagering at the state’s two tribal casinos and makes no provision online sports betting.
How Old Do I Have to be to Place a Bet in North Carolina?
You need to be at least 21 to place a wager.
North Carolina sports betting became legal in July 2019 when the state senate passed SB134. However, the terms of that legislation placed strict limitations on the extent of sports betting that would be allowed in the Tar Heel State. The only locations where sports betting has been authorized are two tribal casinos in the south-west of the state.
That legislation did not provide for sportsbook licenses for commercial casinos, nor did it create a North Carolina Gaming Commission to oversee sports betting, as originally planned. Instead, the North Carolina Lottery was tasked to study the effects of sports betting outside tribal casinos.
The narrow terms of the bill authorizing sports betting in North Carolina did not provide for online sports betting in the state. As things stand, there is no prospect of being able to bet on your mobile device on sports here any time soon.
This may change in the near future, with a bill in the North Carolina legislature in 2021, Senate Bill 688. If passed, this legislation would permit up to 12 online licenses in North Carolina and allow owner of sports facilities with higher capacities to set up on-site wagering platforms.
You need to be 21 years old to place a wager at North Carolina’s two retail sportsbooks.
Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) has not yet been formally legalized and regulated in North Carolina. A bill that would have provided for the regulation and oversight of DFS in the state was brought forward in the legislature in 2019 but failed to pass. Nevertheless, DFS operators including DraftKings and FanDuel offer DFS action to an estimated more than 1.6 million regular DFS players in the state.
North Carolina, with 10 million residents, is a big sporting state with several top-level pro sports teams. That makes DFS games on football, basketball, baseball, and hockey – as well as college sports, which are massive in the state – popular among those regular players.
The Carolina Panthers have made a big impression on the NFL since their first season in 1995. They have made it to the Super Bowl twice, losing an epic clash with the New England Patriots in 2003, and then again to the Denver Broncos in 2015. There are also numerous Division 1 NCAA football teams for locals to follow in top-level action.
Even though North Carolina sports betting has yet to get off the ground, the need for a focus on responsible gambling has already been recognized in the state. With several casinos already well established here, the potential for gambling problems to arise is clearly a live issue.
There are various bodies with measures in place to support the small minority of bettors who find their gambling is getting out of control, including:
North Carolina Gambling Program: Here you will find a wide range including help available on the phone and by text, as well as self-assessment materials and prevention programs.
North Carolina Council on Problem Gambling: Access to several lines of assistance and links to national bodes to encourage responsible gambling.
National Council on Problem Gambling: Local affiliate of federal body with links to numerous national and local resources.
All forms of gambling are outlawed in North Carolina, leading the state having a reputation for being strictly against the activity.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the state of North Carolina entered into a compact in 1994 allowing the tribe to operate gaming machines in their bingo hall.
The tribal compact is expanded to authorize table games at the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, with a second tribal casino opened three years later.
Legislation is passed allowing sports betting to take place at tribal casinos in the state.
The retail sportsbooks at Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel both opened for business in March 2021.
You can currently place a legal sports bet at the two tribal casinos operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina.
|Casino/Retail Sportsbook||Retail Sportsbook Partner||Address|
|Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino||William Hill/The Book||777 Casino Drive, Cherokee NC 28719|
|Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel||William Hill/The Book||777 Casino Parkway, Murphy NC 28906|
No. There is no such thing as legal North Carolina online sports betting. There may be offshore sportsbooks offering services in the state, but it is recommended that you use only licensed operators who are authorized to operate here.
No. There is no way for you to take part in North Carolina online betting legally. It is always advisable to use only authorized sportsbooks, and none has received a license to trade in the state yet.
Yes and no. DraftKings offers Daily Fantasy Sports in North Carolina, however, the DraftKings sportsbook is not yet licensed to operate here.