North Carolina betting apps are not yet a reality, but we’re likely to see mobile sports wagering become legal in the Tar Heel State soon. We’ve put together this overview of North Carolina online sports betting so you can get ready to place your bets as soon as it’s legal.
Online sports betting remains illegal in North Carolina.
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Sports Betting Sites in North Carolina - What’s Legal?
North Carolina, like many states, eagerly put together sports wagering bills after the overturning of PASPA in May 2018. One of those bills, S 154, was signed into law early in the summer of 2019, and it allows for sports betting to take place in-person at two locations in NC thus far.
Lawmakers, including Senator Jim Perry (R), moved forward with a sports betting package in 2021 to relative success, particularly in the NC Senate:
Mobile Sports Betting Pushed to 2022
For 2021, the North Carolina legislature is in recess. The most likely sports betting bill to be taken up by the NC House of Representatives is the aforementioned SB 688, which already has full approval from the NC Senate. However, according to Sen. Jim Perry, the bill won't be heard by House Reps until 2022.
“Everybody’s tired, the session’s lasting forever, it’s a tough topic; I would think that it would be pushed to next year (...) Probably mid-summer sometime is when you’d likely see (mobile betting) happening.”
If and when sports betting gets the go-ahead in North Carolina, we'll have all the information regarding licenses, available sportsbooks, welcome promotions, and more.
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North Carolina Retail Sportsbooks
Retail sportsbooks in North Carolina are currently limited to existing tribal casinos. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians own and operate two tribal gaming casinos with legal sports betting. The retail sportsbooks at these properties went live in March of this year.
Both tribal gaming properties are branded under Harrah’s. The first gaming venue with a retail book is Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, NC. The other is Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River in Murphy, NC. The Catawba Tribe is currently building Two Kings Casino in Kings Mountain.
Best Online Betting Sites in North Carolina
As it stands, there are no NC betting apps available or online casinos. However, it is interesting to note that the only two casinos offering in-person NC sports betting are Harrah’s properties-- Harrah’s Cherokee and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River. Here’s why that’s relevant to the future of NC sports betting online:
Earlier in the summer of 2019, Eldorado Resorts purchased Caesars Entertainment Corp. for about $17.3 billion dollars, including assets, debts, etc. Eldorado (which will rebrand as Caesars) is poised to become the largest gambling corporation in the country, and with that, we expect to see a massive expansion of their properties.
Betting Apps in North Carolina
Once we see NC online sports betting go fully legal, you’re going to want to get an NC betting app on your smartphone or device. Harrah’s and Caesars properties both have fully-fledged online gambling apps in other states, so it’s no big leap for the operator to provide North Carolinians with a decent smartphone app.
Still, NC betting apps aren’t technically legal yet, so you’ll have to wait. When apps do finally release, it’s a snap to get them on your smartphone. Users on iOS devices can simply navigate to the app store and search for the app of their choice.
If you’re on an Android device, you’ll have to go to your preferred operator’s website and download the APK file to install the app. Make sure to “Allow downloads from unknown sources” to continue.
North Carolina Sports Betting: Events & Betting Markets
While mobile sports betting is not yet legal in NC, you can physically head on over to one of the two locations offering legal sports betting in NC and start betting on your favorite sports! If we take a look at other Caesars properties, we’ll see that a large variety of sports are available, including college and professional basketball and football, MLB baseball, auto racing, MMA, and more!
Type of Bets
Caesars properties are the only ones with a sportsbook in NC thus far, and a wide variety of bets are available in-person. Standard bets like moneyline and over/under bets are available at Caesars online sportsbook in other states.
In addition, Caesars locations in other states let you make proposition bets, parlays, futures, and teasers. When North Carolina online sports betting is a reality, expect a full menu of bets to choose from.
Best North Carolina Events & Teams To Bet On
Tar Heels basketball? You’ll be able to bet on it from mobile phones if SB 688 gets approval. Duke football? Fingers crossed! If you’re looking for your favorite NC college sports, should a betting law pass, you should be able to find them on proposed NC sportsbooks.
In addition to the college games, you’ll have no trouble betting on the Superbowl, the World Series, and more of your favorite sporting events no matter the season. Once NC betting apps are live and thriving, expect nearly all your favorite sports and events to be covered.
North Carolina Online Betting FAQ
Take a look at a couple of FAQs. You might find an answer about North Carolina online betting.
Is North Carolina sports betting legal?
Yes, but only on an in-person basis for now. Laws are pending, as there is a Senate Bill with considerable momentum, but we still have to wait until 2022.
When will we see NC betting apps come online?
If lawmakers can work at breakneck speed, we may see apps going live by January 2022. However, most signs point to NC mobile sports betting not going live before summer 2022.
How do I get online and start betting?
When apps start releasing, it’ll likely be very simple. Just download your preferred app or navigate to the sportsbook using your web browser. Then, register for an account and verify your age and location. Before you make your first deposit and start betting, don’t forget to take advantage of any welcome promotions and deposit bonuses-- you may be able to double the size of your betting wallet with some extra credit.