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It took a lot longer than many expected, but online sports betting is finally legal in North Carolina. On March 11, 2024, mobile wagering was officially launched in the Tar Heel State, allowing residents to place a wager either in person or on one of the eight betting apps available.

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All legal ways to bet on in North Carolina

Is online sports betting legal in North Carolina?Yes
Is in-person sports betting legal?Yes
Is daily fantasy sports legal?Yes
Is betting on college sports legal?Yes
Is horse racing betting legal?Yes
Is greyhound betting legal?No
Is political betting legal?No
Is eSports betting legal?Yes

North Carolina residents can wager on professional and collegiate sports without any restriction. This includes the option to bet on in-state colleges, so the ability to bet on the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels is available.

Once mobile betting became available in the state, bettors could also wager on eSports. However, wagers on politics and entertainment-based events like the Emmy Awards are still prohibited.

Amid all the back-and-forth and waiting for mobile betting to go live, residents in NC still had access to daily fantasy sports apps and pari-mutuel horse betting, so there is certainly no shortage of gambling options available now in the state.

Online sports betting in The Tar Heel State

Sports betting has been legal in North Carolina since 2019, but to a very limited extent. When Governor Roy Cooper signed SB 154, it officially made sports betting legal on tribal lands. Eventually, in 2021, the state was able to take its first legal sports wagers at Harrah’s Casinos. The next year, in 2022, SB 688 was introduced as a bill that would legalize online sports betting if it was passed. While the bill passed the Senate without a problem, the House had some issues with its regulations, which eventually led to its failure.

It wasn’t until 2023 that the House and Senate agreed on a bill, which led to HB 347 being passed, introducing online sports wagering to North Carolina. The rules of this bill have changed since it was passed, but the state was still able to get online sports betting up and running before the set deadline. After an extended period of preparation, mobile betting officially went live on March 11, 2024.

Originally, there were supposed to be 12 online sportsbooks, but the State Gaming Commission changed the rules late in 2023. They now require operators to come to a written agreement with a pro sports organization in NC. In total, 11 of these pro sports organizations can be partnered with.

Many sportsbooks have already formed partnerships, as just recently BetMGM partnered with the Charlotte Motor Speedway and DraftKings partnered with NASCAR. Seven operators applied for a license, so other operators that have partners include FanDuel, ESPN Bet, and the Fanatics Sportsbook.

The state was required by law to have online sports betting up and running before June 8, 2024, so they were able to beat that deadline by a few months and give NC residents access to eight mobile betting apps right from the beginning.

All legal NC sports betting apps in 2024:

Sportsbook app

Launch date

Bet365

March 11, 2024

BetMGM

March 11, 2024

Caesars Sportsbook

March 11, 2024

DraftKings

March 11, 2024

ESPN Bet

March 11, 2024

Fanatics Sportsbook

March 11, 2024

FanDuel

March 11, 2024

Underdog

March 11, 2024

Sports betting & gambling legislation in NC

As the sports betting scene begins to expand in North Carolina, it is important for bettors to remember the rules and regulations that are laid out in the state’s sports betting bill. The biggest of those rules is the legal betting age in the state, which is set at 21. One of the nicest aspects of online betting in NC is that remote registration is fully available, so bettors who are 21 and up can create mobile betting accounts from anywhere in the state.

All online betting rules and regulations will be overseen by the North Carolina Education Lottery, as currently, all retail sports betting is regulated by the Cherokee Tribal Gaming Commission. Whether a bettor places a wager online or at a retail location, they will still be subject to the same tax rate on their winnings, which is 5.25%.

With online betting being at the forefront up until recently, discussions around iGaming were put on the back burner, but with mobile betting now live, those discussions could resume in the near future. Since the lottery is active in the state, the two biggest markets that are still illegal in NC are online casinos and online poker.

Are online casinos legal in North Carolina?No
Are retail casinos legal?Yes
Are social sportsbooks legal?Yes
Are sweepstakes/social casinos legal?Yes
Is online poker legal?No
Is the lottery legal?Yes
The launch date of sports betting in North Carolina?March 11, 2024
How many legal sports betting apps are there in NC?8
How many legal retail betting sites are there in NC?3
Is remote registration allowed?Yes
Legal age for sports betting in North Carolina?21+
North Carolina's tax rate for betting/gambling winnings5.25%
Who regulates sports betting in North Carolina?North Carolina Education Lottery

Most recent updates from the NC sports betting scene

  • June 11, 2024: The NC State Wolfpack baseball team has secured a trip to Omaha for the 2024 College World Series. They will play Kentucky in the first round and are currently (+900) to win the title.

  • June 10, 2024: By defeating West Virginia in the super-regionals, the North Carolina Tar Heels will advance to the 2024 College World Series, where they are (+600) to win it all.

  • June 4, 2024: The NC State Wolfpack and North Carolina Tar Heels have both won their respective regionals. The Tar Heels are now (+900) to win the CWS Title, while the Wolf Pack are (+2300).

  • May 29, 2024: The NCAA Selection Committee has given the North Carolina Tar Heels the #4 national seed in the College World Series. They are (+1500) to win the title and (-110) to win their regional.

  • May 27, 2024: The Duke Blue Devils baseball team is currently (+2000) to win the College World Series after they were able to win the ACC Postseason Tournament.

  • May 23, 2024: The Duke Blue Devils softball team has advanced to the super regionals in the 2024 NCAA Softball Championships. They are currently (+3000) to win the title.

  • May 5, 2025: The North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team has secured a trip to the ACC Tournament and still has the chance to win their division in the regular season. The Tar Heels are (+2200) to win the College World Series.

  • April 29, 2024: State Rep. Marcia Morey intends to propose a bill during the state's 2024 legislative session that would change the betting rules to prohibit prop bets on college athletes.

In-person sports betting sites and locations

With sportsbooks still waiting to be implemented at the state's pro sports venues, bettors currently have the option to place legal sports wagers at three retail locations. All three locations are tribal casinos, but two of them, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel, are operated by Caesars Sportsbook.

When pro venues can open up sportsbooks, there will be 11 more retail locations available, including the Charlotte Hornets arena, Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the Carolina Panthers stadium.

Retail Sportsbook

Location

Two Kings Casino

538 Kings Mountain Blvd, Kings Mountain

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

777 Casino Dr, Cherokee

Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel

777 Casino Pkwy, Murphy

Sports betting in neighboring states

There is a 50-50 split when it comes to legal sports betting in North Carolina’s surrounding states. Both Virginia and Tennessee passed an online sports betting bill well before NC managed to get one over the finish line. At the end of the day, though, despite it taking a while, North Carolina still beat Georgia and South Carolina to the party.

You can click on GA and SC in the box below to find out more about why they remain behind when it comes to sports betting.

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Sports betting revenue impact on North Carolina's economy

To obtain a license in North Carolina, operators must pay a $1 million licensing fee for five years. The tax rate in NC is currently set at 18%, which applies to both online and retail businesses.

While legal sports betting has been around for a few years in North Carolina, we had to wait until 2024 to receive the first monthly revenue report for sports betting in the state's history. With mobile betting now active, we will have an understanding of how well the state does when it comes to handle, revenue, and tax income.

Just after one month of mobile betting, it is safe to say that NC has the potential to be one of the highest-earning states on a consistent basis. Even with online betting being legal for just three weeks in March 2024, the state still saw over $659 million in handle, which was the second-highest total out of any state with legal sports betting that month.

North Carolina sports betting record months:

  • Sports betting handle: March 2024 ($659,308,541)

  • Revenue: April 2024 ($105,251,673)

  • Tax income: April 2024 ($15,787,751)

NC sports betting revenue in 2024

Month

Handle (MoM)

Revenue (MoM)

Tax income

Apr. 2024

$643,653,645

$105,251,673

$15,787,751

Mar. 2024

$659,308,541

$66,496,213

$11,969,318

2024 Total YTD

$1,302,962,186

$171,747,886

$27,757,069

North Carolina - Some commonly asked questions (FAQ):

What is the legal status of sports betting in North Carolina?

Sports betting in North Carolina has been legal for a few years, but the state’s market didn’t officially take off until 2024 when mobile betting was launched.

How much tax revenue has NC generated from legal sports betting?

While North Carolina gets mobile sports betting off the ground, these figures are not yet available to the general public, but once they are, we will have an updated number.

What is the most legendary North Carolina sports moment?

Arguably, the biggest sports moment in NC was when the 1983 NC State Wolf Pack won the ACC and National Championship under legendary head coach Jimmy Valvano. Many consider this to be the best Cinderella Story in the history of the NCAA Tournament.

What is the most heartbreaking loss in NC sports history?

Back in 2016, the North Carolina Tar Heels looked like they were about to be National Champions until Villanova hit a buzzer-beater three to steal the title.