North Carolina is gradually inching toward the finish line in its efforts to become the latest state to legalize mobile and online sports gambling.
If Senate Bill 688 successfully makes its way through the state legislature, North Carolina residents who are at least 21 years of age will be able to legally wager on professional and college sports. Prospective bettors will be able to wager on amateur (Olympics) and competitive video gaming events as well.
Online Sportsbooks In North Carolina
There are not currently any legally operating mobile betting apps in the state of North Carolina. Nor are there any existing partnerships at the moment. If passed into law, the bill would allow the North Carolina Education Lottery to issue up to 12 licenses. We can make reasonable projections as to who some of the top candidates will be to receive a license.
DraftKings North Carolina
DraftKings is entrenched in North Carolina as a DFS option and is a major sportsbook in states with legal online sports betting. It would be a likely entry in North Carolina as a mobile betting app if/when online gambling is legalized. DraftKings Sportsbook is available on both iOS and Android devices. Like FanDuel, DraftKings offers a wide selection of betting options, and sign-up bonuses for new users.
BetMGM North Carolina
BetMGM continues expanding through the East Coast and could establish a presence in North Carolina. They currently operate in Tennessee, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia. It makes sense to expect North Carolina to be on their radar when legal mobile betting is launched.
FanDuel North Carolina
FanDuel currently has a presence in North Carolina as a daily fantasy sports (DFS) platform. It would be reasonable to expect FanDuel Sportsbook to emerge as a mobile sports gambling option. Both iOS and Android users would be able to access FanDuel’s easy-to-use mobile app, which features live streaming, in-play betting, and a variety of wagering options. Similar to its counterparts in the industry, FanDuel offers sign-up bonuses for new users.
Is Online Sports Betting Legal In North Carolina?
Online sports betting is not legal in the state of North Carolina, but momentum continues to build on that front. The process has moved deliberately though.
In April 2021, Senate Bill 688 – the bill that would allow legalized online sports gambling – was filed. Since then, the bill has matriculated through the state legislature. In August 2021, the NC Senate voted to approve the bill. The final tally was 26-to-19 in favor of passing the bill.
The next step requires the bill to pass through the House, but there is currently no timeline for when this hurdle will be approached, let alone cleared. The expectation is that the House will hear the bill, but the “when?” remains up in the air. At the current rate, the earliest mobile betting could be passed as law and launched in the state is 2022.
How Does North Carolina Sports Betting Compare To Other States?
North Carolina continues to work toward the legalization of online sports gambling. In the meantime, residents can look at the developments in neighboring states to gain an expectation for what mobile gambling could look like if/when it’s legalized.
Virginia launched in January 2021 as an online-only sports betting industry. Since then, however, plans to build brick-and-mortar casinos in five cities have been approved. Renderings for Caesars Virginia in Danville have already been released, and the project is expected to be complete by 2023. Richmond, Bristol, Norfolk, and Portsmouth have also been tabbed for retail sportsbook locations.
There are restrictions to sports betting in Virginia. Namely, residents are not allowed to wager on Virginia-based college teams. This is a restriction that’s present in other states with legal sports gambling.
Eight online betting apps are operating in Virginia, including FanDuel, which forged a partnership with the Washington Football Team. The Football Team became the first NFL franchise to obtain a betting license.
It’s unclear at this time if North Carolina would restrict residents from betting on state-based college teams. Also, North Carolina would have the opportunity to issue up to 12 licenses. Whether they would issue all 12 remains to be seen, but it would mark an increase over the eight and four online sportsbooks operating in Virginia and Tennessee, respectively.
Other Legal Online Gambling Options In North Carolina
In January 2019, Governor Roy Cooper signed a bill that allows bettors to wager on sports and horse racing on tribal lands. This isn’t the same thing as the mobile sports betting bill that would allow residents to place bets online and at readily accessible retail locations. These wagers would need to be made in person at one of the two Cherokee-owned retail locations in the western region of North Carolina.
If North Carolinians look to Virginia as an example, they approved the construction of five retail casino locations in the state. The North Carolina legislature has yet to even pass legal online sports gambling, so there is a long way to go before they can open their own retail locations. However, the developments from one state to the north do provide an idea of what North Carolinians could eventually have available to them.
Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS)
Although fantasy sports and sports gambling share similarities, DFS is legal in the state. FanDuel and DraftKings are the top providers of this mobile fantasy format, and they would likely be two of the first mobile sportsbook apps available if/when North Carolina passes legal online sports betting.
Online poker is legal as there are no federal laws that make accessing the games over the internet illegal. The laws in-state are designed to prevent and discourage underground live games.
Betting on horse racing, both pari-mutuel and fixed-odds is allowed in the state of North Carolina. Those interested in betting on horse races can do so at one of the two Cherokee-owned casinos located in Cherokee, N.C. or Murphy, N.C.
What Types Of Bonuses To Expect At Legal Online Betting Sites
Mobile sports gambling has yet to be legalized, let alone launched, in North Carolina, and thus we don’t know what online platforms will be available. However, one can still get an idea of what promotional offers and bonuses will be available to prospective gamblers if/when legal online sports betting is passed into law.
Most mobile sports betting apps provide sign-up bonuses for new users.
]BetMGM, for example, offers a risk-free first bet up to $1,000. BetMGM will deposit up to $1,000 in site credit upon this initial wager for new users. Caesars offers a similar “first bet match” incentive to new users, but ups the number to $1,001.
Other online sportsbooks, such as BetRivers Virginia, offer a sign-up bonus. Instead of refunding an initial bet, BetRivers Virginia will match an initial deposit of $10-250.
North Carolina residents should expect to have access to similar sign-up bonuses and offers, regardless of which companies ultimately land licenses to operate within the state.
Legal Online Gambling FAQs
No. Online sports betting is not currently legal in the state of North Carolina. However, the movement toward the legalization of mobile sports betting has been made in recent months. The bill is currently in the House and needs to pass a few more hurdles before becoming a reality.
No. Online casino gambling has not been legalized and regulated in North Carolina. Those who want to participate in online casino games are limited to doing so through offshore operators.
The bill that would legalize sports gambling in the state of North Carolina requires bettors to be 21 years old.
Yes. DraftKings operates as a daily fantasy sports platform in the state of North Carolina. However, North Carolina residents will not be able to make bets through the DraftKings Sportsbook app. If North Carolina eventually passes online sports gambling into law, DraftKings Sportsbook will likely be one of the platforms available to prospective bettors.
Per the bill that would legalize online sports gambling, the North Carolina Education Lottery will be in charge of issuing up to 12 licenses to companies that want to operate in the state.
Online sportsbooks pride themselves on offering a safe and secure method through which bettors can wager on sporting events. Whether through advanced encryption techniques or security measures such as two-factor authentication, sportsbooks treat player and identity safety with the highest levels of care.