North Carolina Online Sports Betting

North Carolina sports betting is legal as of July 2019, but there is still no betting options in the state. All of the sports betting must be done in-person and only at the two tribal casinos that are authorized to offer sports betting.

Even though an NC sports betting law was passed, the state has yet to be able to negotiate a new gaming contract with the Native American tribe. Progress has been made in early 2021, and NC sports betting could eventually launch later this year.

By choosing not to allow North Carolina online sports betting, the market is expected to remain extremely small. Eventually, online betting could be added to the sports betting laws, but that won’t happen at any point in 2021. 

North Carolina does have a number of teams to help drive sports betting, but there just aren’t enough options for bettors.  

North Carolina Sportsbooks

North Carolina sports betting will be offered at the two tribal casinos that are owned and operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Both of these casinos have already completed the construction of their sportsbooks, but they have not been able to take bets on sports, including MMA.

Caesars has entered into an agreement with the Cherokee Indians, and the casinos are under the brand new “Harrah’s” in North Carolina. William Hill is expected to offer sports betting at the two Harrah’s locations, as it does the same for Caesars in other states in the US.

North Carolina online sports betting has not been approved, and that will eliminate online-only operators from gaining access to the state. In order to place a bet in NC, bettors must visit one of the two Harrah’s Casino locations. 

NC Sports Betting Rules

Official NC sports betting rules have not been announced, and very few details have emerged. Since all of the betting will be done on tribal property, it is likely that there will be some pretty loose rules in place.

If William Hill does provide the betting for the EBCI, then international sporting events will be featured along with the top US professional sports. An announcement on college betting has not been made, but it would likely be allowed in the official gaming compacts that are signed. 

NC Sports Betting Regulations

In July 2019, Governor Roy Cooper signed Senate Bill 154 into law, officially legalizing sports betting. At that time, North Carolina became the 7th state to pass a sports betting law in 2019. 

This new law also required a new gaming compact to be signed and agreed upon by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Cooper, but that did not take place in 2020. The US Department of the Interior would also have to approve of the new compacts. 

The Cherokee Tribal Council agreed on amendments to the current gaming compact, and Cooper is expected to sign off on these changes. After the deal goes through, NC sports betting will immediately be available at two locations in the state. 

Summary

North Carolina online sports betting should launch at some point in 2021, but that is almost two years since it became a legal option. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will operate retail sportsbooks at two separate locations in the state.

NC online sports betting was not included in the sports betting bill that passed in 2019, and there have been no changes made to that bill since. Online betting has brought in the most action throughout the US, but that will not be an option in North Carolina.

North Carolina was looking to become one of the first states to allow sports betting in 2019, but the delay has cost the state valuable revenue. NC sports betting is coming, but much later than what was expected.

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