It has been over a full year 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. This article will break down the sportsbook options currently available to North Carolina residents.
North Carolina Sports Betting Details
|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.|
North Carolina Sportsbooks
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 will not be allowed to offer online or in-app betting as the law stands in NC.
Beyond not making online sports betting legal yet, the casinos also had to present an amendment to current legislation that needs to be approved by the governor before any bets can be placed. COVID-19 closed the casinos and also threw a wrench in the amendment process. As of June 26, 2020, we are yet to get an official open date for either sportsbook.
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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? North Carolina has a three-month legislative window in which they must put forward a bill for there to be any hope of legalizing online sports betting in 2020.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic shifted attention away from any potential bill this year. The soonest we expect to see legal online sports betting in North Carolina would be the summer of 2021. In the meantime, the sportsbook in Cherokee, NC makes a great weekend trip into the mountains.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino
777 Casino Dr
Cherokee, NC 28719
Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River
777 Casino Pkwy, Murphy, NC 28906
North Carolina Sports Betting FAQ’s
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 to becomes available to NC residents. The following FAQ’s should help make sense of the current legislation.
Is sports betting in legal in North Carolina?
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.
Where can I bet on sports in North Carolina?
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.
When will online sports betting be available in NC?
There are different opinions on how online sports betting happens in North Carolina. NC will get online sports betting either through state legislature (would not happen in 2021) or through an amendment proposed by the state’s newly formed gaming commission.
What sports can I bet on in NC?
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.
What bet types are available in NC?
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.
I don’t live close enough to the sportsbooks, what are my options?
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, 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!