Mobile Sports Betting Apps in North Carolina
The sheer convenience of being able to place bets on a cellphone means that this is a hugely popular option for sports bettors. As a result, it is virtually certain that any North Carolina sportsbooks who obtain a license to trade online will be able to offer mobile wagering facilities too.
All the leading North American sports gambling sites now deliver the facility to wager through iPhone and Android mobile apps, and the experience of wagering is generally outstanding. While betting through a desktop computer remains a pleasant experience, the ability to wager on sports online through your mobile device is extremely attractive to many sports fans.
NC Sports to Bet
The Tar Heel State offers plenty of different sports to place a wager on. Here's a breakdown of what sports you can bet on in North Carolina:
Football remains the most popular sport across the USA. The NFL, the richest sports league in the world, commands massive attention on these shores and beyond. It attracts huge volumes of sports wagering, and the Super Bowl is commonly believed to be the biggest annual betting event in the world. The NFL is an attractive betting medium because of the variety of wagers that can be placed on it - moneyline, spreads, props, and over/unders. It also helps that the frequent breaks in the action give you a chance to weigh up, and place, in-play bets.
Out of all the most popular sports in the USA, basketball was always the most willing to embrace the possibilities generated by legalizing sports betting. The NBA delivers a serious number of betting opportunities, both pre-match and during the action. Its growth in popularity over the last couple of decades, and the resulting high profile of basketball, ensures plenty of interest in wagering on NBA games. The high-scoring nature of basketball also means that point spreads and over/unders always catch the eye of a bettor looking to get closer to the action.
Baseball retains its perennial hold on the American sporting psyche, and the number of games played each regular season ensures MLB has a high profile for months at a time. Add to this the volume of statistics generated by every baseball game- and the frequent breaks in play- and you have a game made for sports wagering. Consequently, there will always be considerable interest from a betting perspective in states where sports wagering has been legalized.
The extension efforts made by the NHL around the turn of the millennium have ensured that hockey is now a genuinely national sport, with teams located in states the length and breadth of the nation. Hockey is a relatively low-scoring but fast-moving sport that generates plenty of lines and props for the serious or casual bettor. There will always be intense wagering activity around the Stanley Cup finals, but hockey commands a decent level of betting interest throughout its regular season.
Some states impose restrictions on betting on college sports, largely because of the relative youth of the participants. In some areas, no wagering at all is allowed on NCAA action, while in others you can't place a bet on a game involving a team based in that state. It is to be hoped that if and when the North Carolina sports betting bill is passed, betting will be allowed on college sports here because interest in the scene is enormous. This is, after all, the home of the Tobacco Road, the legendary rivalry between UNC, Duke, NC State and Wake Forest.
North Carolina Teams To Bet
When it comes to the teams in North Carolina no group of teams garners as much attention as the college basketball rivalries of the Tobacco Road, but there are more than just those college basketball powerhouses for North Carolinians to bet on.
The Panthers are based in Charlotte, but they hold a training camp in South Carolina and are one of the few NFL teams to draw support from more than one state. Even though they are a relatively recent addition to the NFL roster, with their first season in 1995, the Panthers have reached the Super Bowl twice, losing to the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos after the 2003 and 2015 seasons respectively. They have sold out every home game since 2002 and have the backing of a massive fan base across the Carolinas.
North Carolina is a state that loves its basketball, and the Charlotte Hornets play the sport at the highest level in the NBA. Established in 1988, the Hornets commanded the highest attendance in eight of their first nine seasons. That support survived a shift of franchise and a rebranding as the Bobcats before they resumed their traditional name in 2014. The fact that basketball icon Michael Jordan has a controlling interest in the club boosts the team's profile, though they have no conference or division titles to their name.
Top-level hockey came to North Carolina in 1997 when the rebranded Hartford Whalers moved to Raleigh. The Canes covered themselves in glory in 2006 when they won the Stanley Cup - still the only major professional sports championship won by a team from the state. Runs to the play-offs have been thin on the ground since then, but they won the Central Division in 2020-21 to boost interest in their fortunes among the state's sports fans.
Famous hedge fund billionaire David Tepper is responsible for Charlotte FC becoming a MLS franchise. Rumor is he bid a record $325 million to start the team in Charlotte, an MLS record. The team entered the league's Eastern Conference on Feb. 26, 2022. No track record of success to guide sports bettors but North Carolina can expect great things. Investors in David Tepper’s Appaloosa Fund have no complaints; sports bettors wagering on Charlotte FC should hope for the same success.
North Carolina Tar Heels
One of the other teams involved in the intense college basketball rivalry in the state is the pride of the University of North Carolina, the Tar Heels. They have won six NCAA national championships (one more than Duke), and reached a record 20 Final Fours. This is where Michael Jordan played college ball before going on to immortality in Chicago. The Tar Heels command huge support and will ensure that college basketball attracts a serious level of attention from North Carolina sports betting enthusiasts.
Duke Blue Devils
Did we mention that North Carolina loves its basketball? There are no fewer than 18 North Carolina college athletic programs whose men's and women's teams play in the first division of NCAA basketball. The rivalry between the top sides is intense, and will ensure plenty of betting interest when the time comes. Fans of the Duke Blue Devils, three times NCAA Tournament champions since the turn of the century, and still coached by the legendary Mike Krzyzewski, will claim they hold the bragging rights.
North Carolina State Wolfpack
After over 100 years of college basketball the Wolfpack has a full trophy room. Two NCAA national titles came in 1974 and 1983. Add to that 17 conference tournament wins from 26 appearances in the NCAA Tournament and the Wolfpack has a lot to live up to. More recent years have been less successful but NC sports bettors can punt on Wolfpack success using dozens of different bets at the new legal North Caroline sports betting sites.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
The Demon Deacons are the college teams representing Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. Most bets on the Deacons will follow the university’s men’s football and basketball teams. However the Demon Deacons include women’s basketball, women’s field hockey and golf. The women’s basketball team won the NCAA Tournament for the second time in 2021. They are on form and some of the new North Carolina betting sites are sure to give you the chance of betting on them to repeat the experience.
North Carolina has no MLB club, but it is home to one of the most famous baseball teams in the USA. The Bulls were immortalized in the 1988 movie Bull Durham, starring Kevin Costner, which boosted their popularity in the local area. The Bulls won the Triple-A East's first championship in 2021 and, if NC sports betting sites carry odds on minor league baseball, will surely generate plenty of interest.
Promotions & Offers At North Carolina Online Sportsbooks
When North Carolina sports betting becomes legal for online bettors, it is certain that leading sports gambling sites will use promotions and offers to attract, and retain, the loyalty of new customers. It's always well worth taking advantage of these bonuses - and those on offer to existing players - because they can add welcome extra dollars to your online account.
Usually offered as a sign-up bonus, a risk-free bet is a great way to start your online sports betting journey. If your first bet is a winner, you collect a return. If it loses, however, you receive your stake back as a free bet or site credit.
Another excellent way to add to your betting bank when you sign up for an account. An operator may offer to match your deposit, effectively doubling your initial balance. But check out any playthrough requirements - you may have to play your stake several times before you can withdraw funds.
This is a simple way for sportsbooks to on-board new customers while giving a bonus to an existing client. If you refer a friend who goes on to open an account and start wagering, you receive a bonus such as a free bet.
By swelling the price of a particular outcome, an operator can extra value to that bet. Many sportsbooks do this on a daily basis - some even have a special section on their website or app to highlight the odds that have been boosted.
Parlays are a perennially popular way of combining several predictions in a single bet. If they all win, your return could be awesome. And it stings if just one leg lets you down. But with parlay insurance, you can get your initial stake back as a free bet if your wager is just one selection from winning.
Choosing The Best North Carolina Online Sportsbook?
With so many outstanding North Carolina sports betting websites to choose from when the market is finally launched, it will not be easy to select one that is perfect for you. There are several attributes to consider when you are weighing up the various options. Here are some of the different factors you can take into account so that you can find the right place for you to enjoy online and mobile betting.
The best recommendation in many contexts is often word of mouth. So check out reviews written by people in other states where a particular operator is already plying its trade. It's also ideal to read expert reviews to make sure you are going to use a sports betting site that will treat you in the right way. We carry reviews on every legal sportsbook that will be coming to North Carolina. We won't ever direct you toward unlicensed offshore sportsbooks.
There are so many ways to enjoy a financial interest on a particular sporting event. Sports bettors expect to find a wide variety of options, and all the sportsbooks we recommend will carry plenty of ways in which you can enjoy a sports bet.
Great Pricing on Betting Lines & Odds
Sports betting is exciting - but it should also be profitable if you get your selections right. As you become more experienced, you will find yourself comparing the odds offered by different operators on the same sports or lines. Having several accounts will help you to identify the places offering the best value. There are also odds comparison sites that will help you to find the most generous prices when you read the lines.
Frequent Sports Betting Bonuses
Every sportsbook we recommend will carry a sign-on bonus for new customers. However, it's also important to find North Carolina sports betting operators that offer a steady stream of offers and promotions to make your wagering more fun, interesting and potentially profitable.
Excellence in User Interface
Any sportsbook that goes live in North Carolina will have invested considerable time and money in ensuring the experience of wagering there is as smooth and speedy as any customer could ever want. This is particularly important when it comes to mobile sports betting. You need to be able to find your bet quickly, access it and stake your money with the minimum of hassle.
Easy Deposits & Withdrawals
Every North Carolina sportsbook will offer several ways of placing money in your account. There may be fewer options when it comes to making a withdrawal. Whether you want to use debit or credit cards, e-wallets, e-checks or even cash, check carefully to see if a particular sportsbook will allow you to. Quick withdrawal times and a good choice of banking options always score highly with us.
Variety of Customer Support
You don't ever want to have to contact an NC sports betting site with a complaint or query. But if you do, you want to know there are plenty of ways of getting in touch. All sportsbooks offer some form of support, some in the form of FAQs or email contact. But live chat functions and toll-free telephone numbers always ensure a better ranking in our eyes.
Why Sign Up For Multiple North Carolina Sportsbooks
If choosing a single North Carolina sports betting site is simply impossible - which is likely, given the quality of the sportsbooks likely to launch in the state - there is another option open to you. Open more than one account. There is nothing to stop you signing up with two, three or more online sports wagering operators. Indeed, there are many advantages from doing so, especially in new markets.
Get the Best Line
When you check out the same market or event on different sportsbooks, you may notice one has a better line at a particular time. Some put their next-day markets up earlier than others, for instance, and you can find value here. By signing up to several sites and shopping around to compare, you can seek out the best line for you.
Intro to Betting Bonuses
All sportsbooks offer tempting sign-up bonuses. In new online sports betting markets, however, some of the offers can be incredibly generous as the operators scramble for custom. By signing up with more than one site, you can guarantee a whole lot of value during the early days with your new accounts.
Some NC sports betting sites will have the same software as others, which can lead to identical offerings on futures and props, as well as the choice of sports leagues available to bet on. If you open several accounts, you can be sure of covering all the options that suit you.
Feel the Sportsbook
Looking at a car doesn't tell you what it's like to drive it. Only getting behind the wheel does that. The same applies to sportsbooks; it's always worth test-driving several to see which suits you. Take into account the design, the range of sports on offer, the competitive odds, the bonuses and the overall feel of the site - you'll know in the end which ones are right for you.
There can be differences between sportsbooks in the rules governing bets and payouts. For instance, BetMGM pays out on prop bets on golf if two players end up tied. DraftKings refunds NFL first touchdown scorer props if there is no touchdown - but Bet365 does not, because it has a no-scorer option. It's worth getting familiar with the various rules that sportsbooks can apply to their operations.
Available Sports Wagers At Legal North Carolina Online Sportsbooks
Expect an abundance of bet types on offer when North Carolina sports betting launches later this year.
The easiest way to bet on any sporting event. Which side do you think will win? If the Carolina Hurricanes are favorites, their odds will come with a minus sign; -170 means you have to stake $170 to win $100. But if they are the outsiders, the odds carry a plus; +170 says you win $170 for every $100 you wager.
Parlays are an excellent way to combine several single selections in one multiple bet and set up a possible big payout. Traditionally, they included results from different events; but most operators now offer same-game parlays on multiple outcomes from a single event. Look out too for parlay insurance that returns your stake if one pick lets you down.
Also known as over/unders, these are bets on the number of times a particular event will occur in a match - one popular option is the total points combined of both teams. The sportsbook sets a total and you decide if the actual figure will be over or under that mark and wager accordingly.
Hugely popular with US sports bettors, this is a wager in which the sportsbook handicaps the favorite by giving the outsider a start to level up the odds. If you believe the favorite will win by more than that amount and you are correct, you are said to have covered the spread and will get a return. This is a good way to get decent odds on a favorite winning.
You don't have to bet only on events happening today - or games that are under way already. You can look far into the future and wager on an outcome months away. If you fancy the Panthers to win the Super Bowl next season, for instance, you will be able to back your hunch now.
When you want to wager on a particular outcome within a game, the prop bets list is the place to be. Propositions cover a huge range of possibilities around the performance of a team or a player - the first to score, the score at half-time and a race to a particular total, for instance.
One of the greatest innovations in sports betting in recent years has been operators' ability to update odds instantly during a game - and thus to offer in-play betting. Live bets are incredibly popular, especially mobile betting fans. You can even place a bet on a game that's going on in front of you while you're in the crowd.
Other North Carolina Betting Options
While we wait for sports betting to go live, here's a breakdown of other forms of wagering in North Carolina.
Daily Fantasy Sports
Playing DFS is legal in North Carolina, so popular fantasy sports sites such as FanDuel and DraftKings attract serious numbers of fans. The premise of Daily Fantasy Sports is simple; you select players from different teams on a matchday and they score points according to their performance. If all your players have a great game, your points total will soar and could make you a winner.
There are no racetracks in North Carolina. However, the North Carolina senate bill SB154 that allowed sports betting to take place at two tribal casinos also permits fixed-odds and pool betting on horse racing. That means you can place wagers on events out of state at Harrah's Cherokee Valley River and Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort.
No licensed sportsbook in the USA is permitted to offer betting markets on any political events. That means you should not be able to wager on local, national or international elections. Only offshore sportsbooks will offer political betting markets, and we do not recommend using such operators.
Pop Culture Ceremonies
In some states, it is forbidden for online betting operators to offer bets on awards ceremonies. It remains to be seen whether or not bettors in North Carolina will be able to place wagers on events such as the Academy Awards, the Emmys and the Grammies.
Esports have become incredibly popular in recent years. There have been some concerns over the advisability of offering betting markets on esports events, due to the relative youth of players and their audience. However, increasing numbers of states are permitting operators to run books on the biggest esports events.
NC Online Sports Betting Legislation
North Carolina had a reputation for being strongly against all forms of gambling. But that changed after the US Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was unconstitutional. That decision opened the way for individual states to license sports betting if they wished. North Carolina law changed in 2019 when the senate bill SB 154 allowed sports betting to take place at two tribal casinos, Harrah's Cherokee Valley River and Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort.
Attempts to push through a sports betting bill that would allow online wagering in North Carolina led to a senate bill SB 688 being passed in August 2021. That bill was then passed by the House Commerce Committee in November 2021. Before any market can launch, the bill has to pass three more committees, including the House Judiciary Committee, when the legislature reconvenes in April 2022 before state governor Roy Cooper can sign it into law.
North Carolina Legal Online Sports Betting Tax Rate
Under SB 688, the sports betting bill currently working its way through the North Carolina legislature, operators will pay a tax of 8% on their gross revenues. This compares favorably with other states. New York, where online sports betting went live in January 2022, levies a revenue tax of 51%.
Who Regulates North Carolina Sports Betting Sites?
When online NC sportsbooks go live, it will be in a lottery-controlled market. The body charged with regulating betting activity in the state is the North Carolina Lottery Commission.
The North Carolina Education Lottery was launched in 2005 and is administered by a nine-person board. Proceeds of the lottery go into education in the state, specifically school construction, college financial aid, transportation, support staff salaries and pre-kindergarten provision.
North Carolina Sports Team Partners
One of the most fruitful ways a sports betting operator can raise its profile in any state is through partnerships with prominent sports teams. As things stand, there are two such relationships in North Carolina. Harrah's, now part of the Caesars empire and the owner of the tribal casinos where sports betting already takes place in the state, is a sponsor of the Carolina Panthers. DraftKings is the official Daily Fantasy Sports partner of the Charlotte Hornets. When online sports betting becomes legal in North Carolina, it is inevitable that more deals like this will be struck.
Deposits and Withdraw from NC
When the sports betting bill currently before North Carolina legislators is passed, players will have a variety of ways in which they can deposit money in their NC sportsbook accounts. These will include credit and debit cards, e-checks, e-wallets such as Skrill and Neteller and facilities such as PayPal, PayNearMe, and PaySafe. Clients of Caesars will almost certainly be able to deposit cash on retail premises where it operates the sportsbook - i.e. the two casinos currently offering sports wagering facilities.
The brands likely to win the right to offer licensed sports betting have extensive security measures in place to secure your financial transactions with them, as well as all your personal data. It's worth checking out your chosen site to ensure it operates banking methods that suit you when you want to make a deposit. It's equally essential to be reassured that you will be able to make withdrawals, too - and to check how long the process takes. Some methods, such as checks, are slower than others.
How North Carolina Sports Betting Compares to the Other Legal States
As things stand, North Carolina is in the early stages of its sports betting journey compared to many states that have fully embraced the potential of a marketplace where wagering is permitted. Only when a bill is passed that permits North Carolina mobile wagering will the landscape begin to mature as people start wagering and playing online casino games.
Retail Sports Betting VS Mobile Sports Betting
Many traditional sports bettors still enjoy the experience of attending licensed premises to place their wager. This is especially the case if they enjoy casino games, since the locations where wagering is allowed are often casinos. There is also the consideration that you can discuss your potential wager with expert in-house staff.
However, North Carolina mobile sports betting, when it gets under way, will appeal to the more tech-savvy sports fan who enjoys being able to place a wager wherever they are. Modern sportsbook apps make it easy to find the bet you want, and place it, in a very short time. You may miss out on the buzz of being on licensed gambling premises, but the utter convenience that comes with mobile sports betting makes it a very attractive prospect indeed.
Where To Bet in North Carolina Now
There are only two venues in North Carolina where sports betting facilities are available to in-person customers and they are both located in the west of the state. At both the Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort and the Harrah's Cherokee Valley River, the sportsbook facilities are provided by Caesars. It is to be hoped that legislators push through the new law that will allow North Carolina online sports betting to get underway during 2022.