As we mentioned in the open, North Carolina sports betting is limited to the two Cherokee casinos located on the West side of the state. The casinos have not yet offered online or in-app betting as the law stands in NC.
However, some state lawmakers have said that online sports betting should be made available before the start of the 2023 football season. Hopefully, that will happen so that fans of the Tar Heels, Blue Devils, Demon Deacons, and the Carolina Panthers can have easier access to betting on their favorite teams.
It has been almost three years since North Carolina passed state legislature makings sports betting legal. Current state law limits betting to in-person at one of the state’s two Cherokee casinos. However, lots of folks expect North Carolina to finally go live with mobile sports betting in 2023.
|Start Date||July 26, 2019|
|Legal Age to Bet||21|
|Online/In App Betting||No|
|Maximum Bet||No Limit|
|Corresponding Bill||SB 154|
|Eligible Sportsbooks||Currently limited to state’s 2 casinos.|
Clearly only having one sportsbook option, and even worse zero online sportsbook options is far from ideal for North Carolina sports bettors. That being said, an additional bill SB 574 established a gaming commission that should oversee near-term growth within the state.
How long until North Carolina residents and visitors can expect to see online sports betting? Most folks expect online sports betting to be offered in NC by the start of the 2023 football season. In the meantime, the sportsbook in Cherokee, NC makes a great weekend trip into the mountains.
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North Carolina is the most recent state to legalize sports betting, but it is far from a black-and-white situation. There is a complicated set of steps that have to happen before online sports betting becomes available to NC residents. The following FAQs should help make sense of the current legislation.
Yes, legal sports betting was signed into law in North Carolina in July of 2019. The bill made NC the 17th state to legalize sports betting.
At the moment, North Carolina residents can only bet on sports in one of the two casinos in the state. Both casinos are Caesars Harrah’s. As online sports betting has not yet been made legal, we expect the lines at both sportsbooks to match those found at Caesars Las Vegas.
There are different opinions on how online sports betting happens in North Carolina. NC will get online sports betting either through the state legislature or through an amendment proposed by the state’s newly formed gaming commission. This should happen sometime in 2023.
There are currently no limits on which sports are available to bet on in North Carolina. This obviously not only includes all professional sports but also all college sports as well.
You can place any bet that would typically be available at any sportsbook online or in Las Vegas. This includes prop bets, straight bets, money lines, totals, teasers, parlays, and more. While live betting is legal, without an online option, it’s fairly unrealistic at the moment.
This is the obvious issue in NC right now. The casinos are located on the far West side of the state, making it an unrealistic trip for residents that live near the coast. So, what options do you have? We don’t recommend offshore books, as there have been too many horror stories. What we recommend checking out is Monkey Knife Fight. They offer a DFS-approach to prop betting. It’s similar to sports betting and a ton of fun. Looking to hit it big? DraftKings has DFS contests with $1 million top prizes that run every week!