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NC Online Sports Betting Starts To Take Shape
Mobile sports betting is on its way to the Tar Heel state with NC online sports betting expected in 2024.
While NC betting apps are not yet operational, experts anticipate that most providers in the market could make their entry by the midpoint of the year. We expect to see dozens of NC sportsbook promos and bonus offers once that happens.
NC Sports Betting: The Latest
For all state locals interested in betting, several options are now available to engage in on-site sports betting. The western region of the state is home to two Caesars sportsbooks, both situated within tribal casinos.
These establishments include the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River.
Additionally, there is a third tribal casino, the temporary Catawba Two Kings Casino. At present, indications suggest the presence of 8 distinct sportsbooks in North Carolina, as eight providers of sportsbook and sports betting have submitted license applications.
While the exact count remains uncertain, the potential exists for up to 12 sportsbooks in North Carolina. The final tally, however, remains undisclosed.
NC Sportsbook Finalists Announced
The recent legislation on betting permits a maximum of 12 online sportsbooks to operate in North Carolina. While the specific providers for sports betting in the state remain undisclosed, experts have made predictions based on their activities in other states or their affiliations with North Carolina.
Starting with Caesars North Carolina that oversees two existing retail sportsbooks, establishing a significant presence in the state.
DraftKings, renowned for its daily fantasy sports offerings, has already established itself in North Carolina, leveraging its robust brand recognition. The company is known for its proactive approach, typically launching sportsbooks swiftly whenever a new state legalizes sports betting.
FanDuel NC, often considered a counterpart to its DFS rival, also emerges as a strong contender for North Carolina sports betting. With a well-established presence as a major DFS provider in the state, FanDuel is recognized for being among the first to enter new states when they open up.
BetMGM NC, although lacking physical locations, may still enjoy recognition in North Carolina. Operating as an online sportsbook in nearby Tennessee and Virginia, BetMGM is likely the preferred choice for some residents and visitors in the Tar Heel State.
ESPN Bet, secured through its parent company PENN Entertainment, has entered a partnership with Quail Hollow Club and the PGA’s Wells Fargo Championship, providing ESPN access to the upcoming online sports betting market in North Carolina.
The other brands in the list potentially include names such as Fanatics, bet365 and Underdog Sports.
What to Look for in an NC Sportsbook
Given the brands entering the state, sports fans can expect the same level of service available in other legal states. This includes a wide selection of sports betting markets, promotions and bonuses, and all the advantages that come with proper and well-developed sports betting platforms.
Participating in daily fantasy sports competitions is also permissible in North Carolina. While the state legislators have not enacted specific laws regulating and taxing DFS activities, they have not prohibited these types of contests either.
This legality extends to DFS platforms such as DraftKings and FanDuel, allowing residents in North Carolina to engage in these competitions.
Additionally, North Carolina legally permits pari-mutuel horse betting, available at tribal casinos within the state. It's worth noting, however, that there are currently no authorized online horse betting platforms.
All bettors must comply with several legal requirements, such as meeting the legal age of 21 and complying with various checks to confirm that they reside in the state.