North Carolina has minimal gaming with just the lottery and two tribal casinos offering gambling. But the state is slowing trying to step up its efforts to provide sports betting following the Supreme Court decision on May 14, 2018 that struck down the federal ban on sports betting (PASPA).
People in North Carolina age 21 or over may be able to bet on pro and college football, basketball along with baseball, hockey, soccer, boxing, UFC and other sports by the start of the 2019 football season. Wagering would only be permitted in person at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians reservation. No mobile or in-game wagering would be permitted and the tribe has no interest in expanding to mobile betting once sports betting is approved.
Legislation Updates on Sports Betting in North Carolina
North Carolina lawmakers formally introduced House Bill 302 in March, 2019. The bill would enable wagering on sporting events on tribal lands. Any sports betting would have to be in accordance with the underlying tribal-state gaming compact. The proposed bill would permit wagering on both professional and college sports.
In April, 2019, Senate Bill 154 passed. The sports betting bill authorizes wagering at two casinos on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians reservation. The bill does not set up a tax rate, regulations or consumer protections specific to North Carolina sports betting, but leaves it to the compact to determine.