North Carolina Sports Betting & Legal NC Sportsbooks Launching March 11, 2024

North Carolina sports betting is legal, but live only in person. North Carolina sportsbooks can launch online at noon on March 11! BetCarolina.com has you covered with the latest updates on which NC sports betting sites are launching.

Fact Checked by Blake Weishaar

North Carolina Sports Betting Updates: February 2024

Legal sports betting in North Carolina is available at three tribal casinos with retail sportsbooks: Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino, and Catawba Two Kings Casino

North Carolina sports betting apps and online sites are legal and will launch March 11.

βœ… Is NC Sports Betting Legal?Yes (retail & mobile)
πŸš€ Online Launch DateMarch 11
🚨 Latest News8 Operators on Track for 3/11 Launch
✍️ No. of Applicants8
πŸ‘ No. of Sports Betting Licenses11
πŸ“ Last Verified:February 23, 2024

Is Sports Betting Legal in North Carolina?

Yes, North Carolina sports betting is legal for online and retail. Retail is live now, and online NC sports betting will launch on March 11, 2024.

What is the Legal Sports Betting Age in North Carolina?

You must be at least 21 years old to gamble in North Carolina at retail sportsbooks, and this will be the same age for mobile betting and North Carolina online casinos (whenever they are officially legalized).

NC Sports Betting Bill HB 347

NC House Bill 347, sponsored by Rep. Jason Saine and signed by Governor Roy Cooper, legalized North Carolina betting apps and sites. The original language of the bill allowed for up to 12 sportsbooks, but regulations have since been changed. 

Now, it requires sports betting operators to partner with a pro sports team, golf course or racetrack. There are currently 11 such entities in the state, but there could eventually be more if leagues decide to expand.

The bill will tax sportsbooks at 18% and prohibit them from deducting North Carolina sports betting promos from revenue. It also legalizes ALL college sports betting and horse racing for North Carolina sports bettors.

To learn more about the bill, visit the official website for the North Carolina General Assembly House Bill 347.

Latest News Impacting North Carolina Sports Betting

BetCarolina.com follows all the latest news on legal North Carolina sports betting. Here are recent updates on legal NC sportsbooks, launch dates for online sportsbooks, and more.

  • πŸ“… Feb. 19, 2024: Eight operators are on track to launch on March 11, and the list of approved applicants is expected to be released this week, according to a NC Sports Betting Committee meeting.
  • πŸ“… Feb. 13, 2024: A Meredith Poll reveals that 57% of North Carolina voters support the expansion of online casino gaming in the state.
  • πŸ“… Jan. 30, 2024: Caesars officially announces its plans to expand to online betting in North Carolina.
  • πŸ“… Jan. 24, 2024: North Carolina sports betting can launch on March 11, 2024, the state lottery commission announces. Registrations can begin March 1.
  • πŸ“… Jan. 23, 2024: Underdog Sports announces a partnership with the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro.
  • πŸ“… Jan. 5, 2024: DraftKings and BetMGM find sports betting partners in NASCAR and the Charlotte Motor Speedway, respectively.
  • πŸ“… Jan. 4, 2024: Carpenter says online sports betting will launch before brick-and-mortar betting in North Carolina.
  • πŸ“… Dec. 29, 2023: Seven operators and four service providers apply for North Carolina sports betting licenses.
  • πŸ“… Dec. 15, 2023: Fanatics will partner with the Carolina Hurricanes in NC.
  • πŸ“… Dec. 7, 2023: FanDuel partners with the PGA Tour in North Carolina.
  • πŸ“… Dec. 5, 2023: ESPN BET announces a partnership with Charlotte golf course Quail Hollow Club.
  • πŸ“… Nov. 29, 2023: The NC Lottery Commission sets the sportsbook application deadline for Dec. 27; the commission will have 60 days to review them.
  • πŸ“… Nov. 17, 2023: bet365 announces a partnership with Charlotte Hornets. 
  • πŸ“… Nov. 14, 2023: North Carolina pulls the fantasy sports rules from its initial sports betting rules.
  • πŸ“… Nov. 7, 2023: The North Carolina Lottery Commission meets to discuss a second set of proposed rules for betting, focused on marketing guidelines.
  • πŸ“… Oct. 17, 2023: The North Carolina State Lottery Commission’s Sports Betting Committee unanimously approved draft regulations that include guidance for operators to submit their license applications.
  • πŸ“… Sept. 28, 2023: Regulators confirm NC sportsbooks must be tied to a pro sports team, golf course or motorsports racetrack.
  • πŸ“… Sept. 27, 2023: The North Carolina Lottery Commission agrees to form a new committee to help oversee North Carolina sports betting.
  • πŸ“… June 21, 2023: Tipico Sportsbook says they will apply for a sports wagering license.

Our experienced reporters keep you up-to-date on sports betting in North Carolina. Our experts bring the latest news and developments on online NC sports betting, retail sportsbooks and tribal casinos, betting odds and more.

Can You Sports Bet in North Carolina?

Yes, you can sports bet in North Carolina at retail locations only. Online sports betting is launching in North Carolina on March 11, 2024.

Where Can I Bet on Sports in North Carolina?

North Carolina sports bettors can place wagers at three tribal casinos that have legal retail sportsbooks: 

You won't be able to bet online in North Carolina until March 11, 2024.

Do I Need to Be a North Carolina Resident to Gamble Online?

No, you do not need to be a resident of North Carolina to bet online, gamble at casinos or visit land-based retail betting locations. 

However, you will need to be physically located within state lines. Online NC betting sites will use geolocation technology to confirm your location within North Carolina.

Is Online Sports Gambling Legal in North Carolina?

Yes, online sports betting is legal in North Carolina. However, apps and betting sites have not launched online yet. They will go live on March 11, 2024.

What North Carolina Sportsbooks Will Launch?

We don't know definitively which sportsbooks are launching yet, but FanDuel, BetMGM, DraftKings, Fanatics, bet365, ESPN BET, Caesars and Underdog Sports have all applied for North Carolina online sports betting licenses. 

The North Carolina Lottery Commission will have until Feb. 25, 2024β€”60 days from the application deadlineβ€”to review and award licenses.

When Will North Carolina Sportsbooks Launch?

North Carolina sportsbooks are launching March 11, 2024.

What North Carolina Sportsbooks are Legal?

Since online sportsbooks are not yet available, the only legal options are at three tribal casinos. The Harrah’s Cherokee casinos, owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, are partnered with Caesars Sportsbook

Caesars Sportsbook has been operating at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort since 2021, thought the casino resort itself has been open since 1977. The sportsbook is located on the casino floor, next to the World Series of Poker room. 

Opened in 2015, Harrah's Cherokee Valley River has had sports betting available with Caesars since 2021.

Catawba Two Kings Casino operates sports wagering independently in-house.

How Many Sportsbooks will there be in North Carolina?

Right now, it's looking like there will be 8 different sportsbooks in North Carolina. Eight sportsbook and sports betting providers applied for licenses. 

There could be up to 11 sportsbooks in North Carolina, though we don't know the final number yet. 

Sportsbooks Partnered with North Carolina Sports Teams

North Carolina state regulations call for each sportsbook to partner with a professional sports team, golf course, auto racing track, NASCAR or the PGA Tour. These teams, courses and tracks have to be located in North Carolina and host races or tournaments in the state.

So far, seven sportsbooks have announced partnerships with three sports teams, leagues or race courses. We're tracking the latest partnership announcements in this table:

bet365πŸ€ Charlotte Hornets
ESPN BET⛳️ Quail Hollow Club (Charlotte)
DraftKings🏎️ NASCAR
FanDuel⛳️  PGA Tour
TBD🏈 Carolina Panthers
FanaticsπŸ’ Carolina Hurricanes
TBD⚽️ NC Courage
TBD⚽️ Charlotte FC
Underdog Sports⛳️ Sedgefield Country Club (Greensboro)
TBD🏎️ North Wilkesboro Speedway
BetMGM🏎️ Charlotte Motor Speedway
βœ… Last Verified:February 23, 2024

We'll keep this table updated as more sportsbooks forge partnerships in North Carolina.

Best North Carolina Sportsbooks to Expect in 2024

When North Carolina sports betting sites and apps go live in 2024, there will be 11+ NC sportsbooks to choose from. Here are the legal sports betting operators to expect:

πŸ† BetMGM North CarolinaBest NC Sportsbook
❀️ FanDuel North CarolinaMost Popular NC Sportsbook
πŸ‘€ DraftKings North CarolinaMost Anticipated NC Sportsbook
🎰 Caesars North CarolinaBest Sportsbook for Retail Betting
πŸ“ˆ Fanatics North CarolinaUp-and-Coming NC Sportsbook
🌎 bet365 North CarolinaBest International NC Sportsbook
πŸ”₯ ESPN BET North CarolinaTrending NC Sportsbook
🐢 Underdog Sports North CarolinaUnder-the-Radar NC Sportsbook
North Carolina Sports Betting & North Carolina Sportsbooks
BetMGM logo

Best Sportsbook in North Carolina

I think BetMGM North Carolina will be the best overall sportsbook in the state. Once it's available, you can expect to find a huge range of sports, frequent promotions and bonuses, and an outstanding level of user experience for both desktop and mobile customers. 

The sportsbook may operate a retail sports betting location, as they are currently doing in others states.

🏎️ NC PartnerCharlotte Motor Speedway
⚑️ Payout Speed1-5 days
πŸ“² Key Features
  • Early cashouts
  • Edit My Bet
  • Rewards program
  • Live betting
⭐️ User Ratings8.9/10 Stars
FanDuel logo

Most Popular North Carolina Sportsbook

With the most downloads and highest ratings among all sports betting competitors, FanDuel North Carolina is one of the leaders in the industry. This sportsbook will be hugely popular with in-state bettors. 

⛳️ NC PartnerPGA Tour
⚑️ Payout Speed1-2 days
πŸ“² Key Features
  • Early cash outs
  • Parlay Hub
  • Easy-to-use referral promo
  • Live betting
⭐️ User Ratings9.5/10 Stars
DraftKings logo

Most Anticipated North Carolina Sportsbook

With arguably the widest array of player prop betting options, football fans will enjoy using this sportsbook. DraftKings North Carolina will no doubt be a popular option, especially for NFL bettors. 

🏎️ NC PartnerNASCAR
⚑️ Payout Speed1-5 days
πŸ“² Key Features
  • Pool & Pick6 Contests
  • Extensive betting markets
  • Matchup-based stats
  • Daily Fantasy Sports
⭐️ User Ratings9.4/10 Stars
Caesars Sportsbook logo

Best North Carolina Sportsbook for Retail Betting

I predict that Caesars Sportsbook North Carolina will be another great option for bettors, especially because of their promotions. In other online sports betting markets, bettors can take advantage of a valuable welcome bonus and rewards program.

The popular brand already has two retail North Carolina locations.

🎰 NC PartnerHarrah's Retail Casinos
⚑️ Payout Speed1+ day
πŸ“² Key Features
  • NFL bets & sweepstakes
  • Watch & Bet
  • Quick bets & odds boosts
⭐️ User Ratings8.8/10 Stars

Up-and-Coming North Carolina Sportsbook

Though it only just launched in a few other states, Fanatics Sportsbook North Carolina is already a powerhouse brand in the sports world. 

Best known for their wide range of merchandise, Fanatics is entering the sportsbook industry integrating its preexisting FanCash Rewards points from merch purchases into Bonus Bets.

πŸ’ NC PartnerCarolina Hurricanes
⚑️ Payout Speed1-3 days
πŸ“² Key Features
  • Withdrawal tracker
  • FanCash integration
  • Personalized Discover page
⭐️ User Ratings8.9/10 Stars
bet365 logo

Best International North Carolina Sportsbook

A well-known international brand, bet365 North Carolina, partnered with the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, will have competitive odds compared to other sportsbooks. They'll also have one of the best online sports betting experiences.

πŸ€ NC PartnerCharlotte Hornets
⚑️ Payout Speed1-5 days
πŸ“² Key Features
  • Live betting & streaming
  • Push notifications for tailored bets
  • Bet editing
⭐️ User Ratings9.4/10 Stars
ESPN BET sportsbook logo

Trending North Carolina Sportsbook

When it launches, ESPN BET North Carolina will be an exciting addition to the state's sports betting scene. It will be known for its parlay offerings and content from leading ESPN analysts. 

⛳️ NC PartnerQuail Hollow Club
⚑️ Payout Speed1-3 days
πŸ“² Key Features
  • Odds boosts & custom promos
  • Specials from ESPN hosts
  • Parlay+
  • Move the Line scroll
⭐️ User Ratings9.0/10 Stars

Under-the-Radar North Carolina Sportsbook

Underdog Sports is a daily fantasy operator known for its "Best Ball" contests, in which users draft a fantasy team for the season, and it automatically chooses starters and bench players by point totals. 

Underdog Sports North Carolina will stand out for its Pick 'Em games as well, where you project players' prop bets.

⛳️ NC PartnerSedgefield Country Club
⚑️ Payment Methods
  • VISA & Mastercard debit/credit cards
  • PayPal
πŸ“² Key Features
  • Best Ball & Pick 'Em Contests
  • Lobby badges that make navigation easy
  • Big payouts
⭐️ User Ratings8.8/10 Stars

Other North Carolina Sportsbook Options

With room for up to 11 different sportsbooks, it's possible even more will come to North Carolina. 

πŸ“² If and when that happens, Betway Sportsbook in North Carolina will be a great option for bettors who want an easy-to-use digital platform. It's designed to be seemless as you move your betting back and forth from mobile to desktop.

πŸ† If Tipico North Carolina Sportsbook launches, expect to see frequent odds boosts, profit boosts and additional promotions.

🎸 Hard Rock is a name that probably sounds familiar to bettors for its retail locations around the U.S. and the globe. Hard Rock Bet North Carolina will likely offer great odds boosts if it launches in the state.

πŸ“ˆ There will be no shortage of sportsbooks with competitive odds and odds boosts in North Carolina. Bettors should expect BetRivers North Carolina to offer standout game lines and top-tier navigation for those who want to get the job done quickly.

⚑️ Finally, if you want a break from the traditional sportsbook experience, Betr Sportsbook North Carolina is perfect for you. This is a relatively new sportsbook (having only just launched in 2022) that focuses entirely on "micro-betting," a form of super-quick live betting. 

How NC Sports Betting Compares to Other States

More than 30 other states have legalized online sports betting. North Carolina has just three retail sportsbooks at tribal casinos. However, online NC sports betting is coming.

The sports betting bill is similar to other states, as it allows for up to 11 NC sportsbooks. One important highlight is the law legalizes betting on college sports. This will be important for North Carolina, as some other states do not allow college sports betting on in-state schools.

North Carolina Sports Betting Legislation Timeline

The road to legalized North Carolina sports betting was long and arduous; here were the key milestones as it all played out: 

  • πŸ“† June 14, 2023: NC Gov. Roy Cooper signs online sports betting bill HB 347, fully legalizing sports betting in North Carolina.
  • πŸ“† June 7, 2023: The Senate and House give final approval on HB 347.
  • πŸ“† May 31, 2023: HB 347 passes its second reading in the state Senate. A third reading and vote is still needed before it can advance to the North Carolina House for concurrence.
  • πŸ“† May 30, 2023: The Senate Finance and Rules committees approve the amended version of HB 347.
  • πŸ“† May 24, 2023: The Senate Committee on Commerce and Insurance votes for an amended version of HB 347.
  • πŸ“† March 30, 2023: The North Carolina House votes in favor of legalizing sports betting with HB 347. The bill now moves to the Senate.
  • πŸ“† March 13, 2023: Rep. Jason Saine proposes a new bill for NC sports betting, HB 347, which would legalize online sportsbook sites and apps.
  • πŸ“† Sept. 7, 2022: Catawba Two Kings Casino in Kings Mountain is the third legal North Carolina sportsbook to go live.
  • πŸ“† June 22, 2022: SB 688, 2022's NC sports betting bill, is defeated by a single vote, 51-50, on the North Carolina House floor after passing through the Senate.
  • πŸ“† Mar. 18, 2021: Two retail sports betting locations go live at Harrah's two casinos in North Carolina, and sports bets can be made in-person. 
  • πŸ“† July 26, 2019: Retail sportsbooks are officially legalized as SB 154 passes through the NC Senate and House Commerce Committee.
  • πŸ“† May 14, 2018: The U.S. Supreme Court voids the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, giving states the ability to legalize online wagering and daily fantasy sports.
  • πŸ“† Aug. 13, 2012: North Carolina begins to allow more than slots and electronic poker at tribal casinos. 
  • πŸ“† Aug. 31, 2005: North Carolina is one of the last states to introduce a lottery.

Who Regulates North Carolina Gambling?

The North Carolina Lottery Commission will regulate sportsbooks. This body already oversees the operation of the North Carolina Education Lottery

The three sportsbooks currently in operation are regulated by the Cherokee Tribal Gaming Commission. All three are retail locations hosted by tribal casinos.

North Carolina Sports Betting Licenses

The total number of legal online sports betting licenses available in North Carolina is now 11. Sportsbooks must be partnered with a pro team, golf course or motor raceway based in North Carolina.

NC Sports Betting Revenue 

Some estimates have NC sports betting generating as high as $600 million in gross gaming revenue at maturity. However, it's hard to assess how much the North Carolina sports betting market before online sportsbooks launch. 

It could be comparable to neighboring states Tennessee ($7.3 billion handle, $120 million tax revenue) and Virginia ($8.1 billion; $72 million). 

Check out our North Carolina gambling tax calculator if you want to find out how much you might eventually owe on a winning bet.

How Experts Rank the Best NC Online Sportsbooks

When online sportsbooks in North Carolina become available, there are several factors to consider. Here are some things our BetCarolina.com experts are monitoring when picking the best ones.

  • Read Reviews See what users from other states have to say about North Carolina sportsbook apps & sites.
  • Bet Types What types of bets are offered? You may find some NC betting sites have particular features or markets that make them stand out.
  • Competitive Odds Experienced bettors will research which NC sportsbooks have the best odds to get the best value.
  • Welcome Bonus All sports betting operators will offer a welcome bonus. Check out different promos available to find the ones that suit you best.
  • Customer Service The speed it takes sportsbooks to answer questions can make a big difference. Look for ways of getting in touch with customer support, including a phone number, email, 24/7 live chat and social media.
  • User Experience Look for a sportsbook with an intuitive design, making it easy to find what you're looking for. Navigation should be quick and simple, and placing your wagers should be hassle-free.

Why Sign Up For Multiple NC Sports Betting Sites?

After online sports betting launches, you'll be able to use as many sportsbooks as you want. By trying out several operators, you can decide which is your favorite. Having several sports betting accounts helps you access the most competitive odds and lines, and means you can claim multiple NC sports betting bonuses.

All online sports betting operators will offer regular North Carolina sportsbook promos leading up to the launch date and thereafter. These promotions include bonus bets, bet refunds, odds boosts and more.

It will be worth it to sign up for multiple sites to take advantage of all of these welcome and ongoing offers.

Sports to Bet On In North Carolina

There are plenty of different sports to place a wager on for sports bettors in North Carolina. 

North Carolina has no MLB team, but the Charlotte Knights and Durham Bulls ensure some interest. Expect MLB wagering opportunities through the regular season and the World Series.

NFL Betting in North Carolina

Football is the biggest sport across the U.S. in terms of fandom and wagers, and that trend is sure to continue in North Carolina, home to the Carolina Panthers.

Expect plenty of wagering opportunities at North Carolina NFL betting sites.

NASCAR Betting in North Carolina

Several NASCAR teams have headquarters in North Carolina, and the state is home to numerous tracks.  As a result, expect several NASCAR betting opportunities on local and national races. 

Perhaps the most important race for North Carolina bettors will be the Bank of America ROVAL 400, which takes place just outside of Charlotte every year.

NHL Betting in North Carolina

Hockey commands interest across the nation, especially in North Carolina with the Carolina Hurricanes. From the Stanley Cup Finals to international hockey, there will plenty of NHL betting opportunities.

College Betting in North Carolina

North Carolina is home to perhaps one of the greatest rivalries in all of college sports: Duke vs. UNC basketball. Every year, these teams do battle for bragging rights in the Tar Heel State. 

Fortunately, North Carolina will allow betting on college basketball, football and more, so you can bet on your favorite local teams. 

North Carolina sportsbooks will be live in time for betting on March Madness odds, the ultimate college basketball tournament.

NBA Betting in North Carolina

Basketball enjoys massive popularity in the U.S., and especially in North Carolina, which boasts one of the NBA's all-time greatest players in Michael Jordan

Needless to say, bettors in North Carolina will have plenty of NBA sports betting opportunities, particularly with the Charlotte Hornets.

North Carolina Teams To Bet On

North Carolina bettors will be able to wager on all professional teams once online sports betting arrives.

When it comes to college sports betting, North Carolina basketball fans have plenty to look forward to, including the North Carolina State Wolfpack. Teams from the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, in Winston-Salem, will also be an option for college sports betting in North Carolina.

Nearly all sportsbooks allow MLS betting. Charlotte FC joined the ranks of Major League Soccer clubs in 2019 and played their first season in 2022.

Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers represent two states but are based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The team was established in 1993 as an expansion team and have appeared in two Super Bowls. Some of the Panthers top all-time draft picks are still considered local heroes today.

Unfortunately, the Carolina Panthers missed the playoffs after going 2-15 this season. 

Once online sports betting goes live, bettors will be able to track the Panthers Super Bowl odds for 2024-25 in real time.

UNC Tar Heels

The University of North Carolina Tar Heels men's college basketball boasts one of the best programs in history. They have an all-time win percentage of .735, second highest in the NCAA. 

Longtime head coach Roy Williams led the team to three national titles in 13 seasons. Therefore, UNC basketball odds are seemingly always on the shortlist to win March Madness.

UNC's football team, by comparison, hasn't always enjoyed the same sustained success. But in recent years, the team has been on an upswing, playing in four consecutive bowl games since 2019. 

UNC QB Drake Maye has been a standout through his first few years in Chapel Hill, and Drake Maye draft odds have reflected that. This season, his draft stock is rising so much that he may rival Caleb Williams for the No. 1 pick in 2024.

Duke Blue Devils

Similar to their in-state rivals', Duke basketball odds will be another huge draw for North Carolina bettors, whether it's college basketball, football or other sports. 

The men's basketball team is also one of the winningest all time, with a .712 win percentage. They've won the National Title twice since 2010, five times in their team history.

You can track Duke vs UNC odds for this season's matchups with BetCarolina.com.

Duke's football team hasn't seen the same success, playing in an ultra-competitive ACC since the 1950s. However, they have been to eight bowl games since 2012, winning five.

Carolina Hurricanes

North Carolina bettors should get a good opportunity to explore wagers on the Hurricanes when online sports betting begins in early 2024. The Hurricanes Stanley Cup Playoffs odds are among the shortest in the league. 

They were one of the last four teams standing last season. Carolina advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, where it was the Hurricanes vs Florida Panthers to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Hurricanes were eliminated just a few games shy of the title game series.

Charlotte Hornets

The NBA's Charlotte Hornets will be another team North Carolina bettors will love. With a talented roster of young players, Hornets playoff chances will be an interesting market to watch in the years to come.

While the Hornets NBA Championship odds have remained long for the last few seasons, expectations for Charlotte are high.

Available Wagers at Legal NC Sports Betting Sites

Let’s look at some of the most popular types of sports betting wagers to be found at legal North Carolina sportsbooks.

πŸ”₯ MORE: How To Bet On Sports In North Carolina

  • Moneyline The moneyline is most straightforward of sports bets. Simply decide who will win, and place your money on that outcome.
  • Parlays Also popular with bettors are parlays, thanks to the potential for big profits. Combine several bets and as each wins, your return rolls on to the next – but if just one loses, your payout is zero.
  • Totals Also called over/unders, these wagers involve total points, runs or goals. They're most often applied to the combined score of both teams.
  • Point Spreads The sportsbook levels the odds with point spreads. Will the favorite win by more than that number to β€œcover the spread,” or not?
  • Futures You can also bet on futures, such as the Charlotte Hornets to win the NBA Finals or Duke to win the March Madness NCAA Tournament.
  • Prop Bets Within any game, you can also bet on specific players or one team. How will a player perform? What will a teams stats be? That's what prop bets offer you a chance to find out.
  • Live Betting Many bettors like to wager on events already underway. Odds are updated instantly, enabling live betting. Live betting will be one of the most popular forms of wagering.
  • Prohibited Bets Some wagers will be prohibited at all legal North Carolina sports betting sites. For example, you won't be able to bet on any political election.

Legal Gambling Options: Alternatives to NC Sports Betting

There are a few additional options available to those looking to gamble legally in North Carolina.

Casinos in North Carolina

There are three tribal retail casinos, but as of now, there are no North Carolina online casinos

The Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino are owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Catawba Two Kings Casino is in Kings Mountain.

The two Harrah's casinos have retail sportsbooks operated by Caesars. While it's not live yet, you can read our latest review for the Caesars Palace Online Casino North Carolina.

Then you can compare it to the anticipated MGM Casino Online North Carolina app.

Horse Betting in North Carolina

Horse racing is legal in North Carolina at the three tribal casinos in the state, though there are no legal online pari-mutuel sites yet. They are expected to go live when online sports betting launches.

Betting on horse races was allowed as part of the bill that passed in 2019. However, there are no active racetracks in the state at this time.

Daily Fantasy Sports

Playing Daily Fantasy Sports is allowed in North Carolina, but they exist in a grey area. The state has neither legalized them nor outlawed them. So DFS is legal, but restrictions could come at any time.

In 2023, the NC Lottery Commission removed fantasy regulations from their sports betting guidelines.

Charitable Bingo in NC

North Carolina has several bingo halls. Only registered charitable organizations can operate, and the prizes tend to be modest. These will continue when online wagering launches in North Carolina.

North Carolina Lottery

The North Carolina Lottery operates regular games including Powerball, Mega Millions and daily games.

Deposits & Withdrawals at Online NC Sportsbooks

Bettors will have many ways to bank with NC sportsbooks:

MethodDepositWithdrawal
πŸ’³ Credit CardsInstantN/A
πŸ’³ Debit CardsInstant1-3 days
πŸ’³ Gift Cards/Rewards CardsInstantN/A
πŸ’³ Play+ CardInstant1-4 days
πŸ“² E-Wallets (Venmo, PayPal, Apple Pay, Skrill)Instant1-3 days
🏦 Online Banking (Wire Transfers, PayNearMe, Bank Transfers, eChecks)Up to 1 day1-5 days
πŸ“¬ Check by MailN/A7-21 days
🎰 Cash at CasinoInstantInstant

Not all of these payment methods are accepted at every North Carolina sportsbook. It's important to know which banking methods you can use when signing up for a new sportsbook. It's equally important to see if you can withdraw with the same depositing method.

We cover each sportsbook's banking method in detail at BetCarolina.com.

North Carolina Sports Betting: Final Thoughts

North Carolina sports bettors will have 11+ sportsbooks to choose from in 2024. In addition to the current retail locations at tribal casinos, many of the popular brands will be in the mix.

Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often, as I will follow the latest developments and provide North Carolina news and updates on the upcoming online betting launch.

Responsible Gambling in North Carolina

All legal sports betting operators encourage responsible gambling. Sports wagering should be fun, but can lead to a gambling addiction or problem. North Carolina online sports wagering sites and apps will have a section about responsible gambling with advice and resources.

Links to agencies with experience will offer advice and support. In North Carolina, these bodies include the state’s Problem Gambling Program and the local National Council on Problem Gambling branch.

North Carolina Sports Betting FAQs

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