Sports betting in North Carolina has been legal since lawmakers approved legislation back in 2019. The move to legalize sports betting came about as a result of the 2018 Supreme Court ruling that found that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was unconstitutional.
But it wasn’t until March 2019 that sports betting in North Carolina officially launched. This was when the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians opened their retail sportsbooks at two of their casinos. The newly amended gaming compacts allow for retail sports betting only, but there are efforts being made to introduce legislation that will allow mobile sports betting operators to enter the market. If passed and signed into law, Senate Bill 688 would allow 12 new sports wagering license to be issued all of which include the option to launch mobile sports betting products.
While gambling in North Carolina has been a huge success at tribal casinos, legislators are still having some trouble pushing through state-wide sports betting legislation with it unlikely to make any progress in 2021.
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