Online Sports Betting in North Carolina

A beautiful state on the East Coast with a rich history of food, culture, sports, and politics – it is easy to overlook North Carolina on the Eastern Seaboard. Despite that, it’s one of the most influential states in America, even if it’s not as flashy as New York, California, or Florida.

Known as the “Tar Heel State,” – North Carolina has plenty to offer across a wide variety of topics. Ranging from the birthplace of Coca-Cola to the site of the first plane (the Wright Brothers completed in Kitty Hawk), North Carolina is a place of many firsts. Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in North Carolina. The state is home to the oldest public university in the United States. North Carolina is first in sweet potato production in the US. The list is endless!north carolina sports betting 2023

Many famous jazz artists have come from North Carolina – rendering it one of the principal music sites in the United States. It has (still) a large Native American population in 2023 – in fact, it’s the largest Native American population east of the Mississippi.

From a sporting perspective, which we’ll discuss later, the state produces professional athletes en masse. Some of the best NBA players ever have come from North Carolina.

Legal Sports Betting in North Carolina

North Carolina sports betting is legal online and at three different retail sportsbooks in the state. North Carolina’s governor, Roy Cooper, signed new online sports betting legislation into law as recently as June 14th, 2023. Bettors will, unfortunately, have to wait until early 2024 for North Carolina sportsbooks to launch officially.

In the meantime, there are two Caesars sportsbooks in the western portion of NC, both being part of tribal casinos. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River may share similar names, but they are two unique locations. A third tribal casino, Catawba Two Kings, began offering sports betting in September of 2022.

As far as online sports betting goes, bettors will wait until January 8th, 2024, at the earliest for apps to launch, per the legislation discussed above.

Possibility of 12 total sportsbooks

While we don’t yet know which operators will be live and legal in North Carolina, based on previous activations in other states, it’s not too difficult to guess. We can also take into account connections and activities in North Carolina. The most likely candidates for immediate launches in NC are found below.Cheerwine north carolina

  • Caesars: Given that Caesars Sportsbook already has two retail locations, it’s not crazy to assume they’d launch online as well.
  • DraftKings: DK is already present in NC via the daily fantasy sports (DFS) market. DraftKings is also consistently the first sportsbook open when new states legalize sports betting online. There are very few states where DK isn’t an option.
  • FanDuel: Moving in tandem with its DFS rival in DraftKings, it’s similarly already a DFS provider in NC. Likewise, FanDuel is often the first “intruder” in the market when mobile/online options are legalized.
  • BetMGM: Despite lacking a physical presence in the state, BetMGM has brand recognition in NC. Why? It’s available in nearby states like Tennessee or Virginia via online sportsbook offerings. As a result, it may be the first choice for several Tar Heel residents.

Interesting Facts about North Carolina

  • The state really loves Cheerwine. If you’ve never been to the Southern parts of the US, you’ve likely never heard of Cheerwine. It has a unique and fizzy wild cherry taste – some may compare it to Dr. Pepper (but more carbonated) or Dr. Brown’s Black Cherry Soda.
  • The largest mansion in America is in North Carolina – The Biltmore Estate. It was measured at a truly staggering 175,000 square feet. It contains 250 rooms and 56 buildings.
  • The famous Texas Pete Hot Sauce is actually from North Carolina.
  • Raleigh, the capital city, has a rare, double-sided city flag.
  • Two of the most famous cities in the state are Winston and Salem. One of the most prestigious universities in North Carolina is Wake Forest, located in… Winston-Salem? The cities merged in 1913.
  • Feared pirate Edward Teach (Blackbeard) often visited North Carolina’s shorelines in the 1700s.

Popular Sports in North Carolina

To people from North Carolina, the mention of sports will likely spurn conversations about one of two things: basketball or stock car racing. The state is known for both, and it’s arguably the birthplace of the latter.

North Carolinians love their sports, engaging in intense statewide fandoms for collegiate programs but also playing their fair share of sports as well.Carolina Panthers lamar jackson

Popular Sports Teams in North Carolina

North Carolina is home to some of the country’s most popular sports teams, both at the collegiate and professional levels.

The NFL’s Carolina Panthers typically lead the way from a viewership perspective, purely based on the fact that NFL remains king from a popularity perspective. Beyond that, NFL is also the most popular betting option for major American sports leagues as well. The Panthers play in Charlotte, NC, and made a Super Bowl run as recently as 2015.

The NHL‘s Carolina Hurricanes and NBA‘s Charlotte Hornets are also favorites among North Carolinians. The Hurricanes won a Stanley Cup in 2006. The Hornets have struggled in recent years despite being owned by North Carolina Tar Heels legend Michael Jordan.

The Hornets aren’t remotely close to the most popular basketball team in the state, though. That title belongs to the Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils, who have committed fanbases unlike anything else in college basketball.

In North Carolina, college betting is allowed, regardless of in-state teams or out-of-state teams.

Famous Athletes 

  • Michael Jordan: Widely considered the greatest basketball player of all time, Jordan is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. A 2x Olympic Gold Medalist and member of the vaunted 1992 Dream Team, Jordan’s accolades are, quite literally, ridiculous. He’s a 6x NBA champion (6-0 in NBA Finals), 6x NBA Finals MVP, 5x NBA MVP, 14x NBA All-Star, 10x All-NBA First-Team, a Defensive Player of the Year… the list goes on and on.michael jordan
  • Richard Petty: “The King” came from the legendary Petty family of car drivers. With 200 wins and 123 Poles in the NASCAR Cup series (spanning 1,184 races over 35 years), you’d be hard-pressed to find many drivers in NASCAR’s history more prolific than him.
  • Buck Leonard: a Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Buck played for the Negro League’s Homestead Grays for over 15 years, batting .345. He was a 13x All-Star, 3x Negro World Series champion, and 2x Negro NL batting champion.
  • David Thompson: a member of the College Basketball and Pro Basketball Hall of Fame, Thompson was a 4x All-Star and 2x All-NBA First Team member. Known for his unbelievable vertical, Thompson gained the nickname “Skywalker” for his prowess as a dunker. He was the first overall pick in the 1975 NBA Draft and is regarded as one of the best college players in North Carolina’s state history.
  • Dale Earnhardt: Generally regarded as one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history, he came from a racing family. He was a 7x Winston Cup Series champion, competing in 676 races over 27 years as a NASCAR driver. Earnhardt has been inducted into numerous Halls of Fame, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame inaugural class of 2010.
  • Catfish Hunter: James Augustus Hunter, better known by his nickname “Catfish,” was an iconic pitcher in MLB history. The first pitcher to win 200+ games by age 31 since 1915, Hunter is recognized for his prowess but also for being the MLB’s first big-money free agent. An 8x All-Star and 5x World Series Champion, he’s a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • James Worthy: “Big Game James” is in both the College Basketball and Pro Basketball Hall of Fame. A 3x NBA champion and NBA Finals MVP, Worthy first made his impact with the North Carolina Tar Heels. He’s an NCAA champion, NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player, and his #52 is retired by the Tar Heels.

Responsible Gambling in North Carolina

In case you feel that your gambling habits disturb your daily life, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-GAMBLER or chat:

It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to offer support, resources, and referrals to anyone affected by problem gambling. Want to learn more about online casinos and sports gambling? Follow our Online Gamblers Academy and learn how to have fun responsibly! There is also North Carolina Council on Problem Gambling that you can reach via 336-370-6952 or 336.681.8516. Call 1.800.522.4700 and get the help you need!

Catie Di Stefano has worked in the gambling industry since 2011 for major brands like Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Gaming Innovation Group and Betsson Group. She started in customer support at age 19 and has since worked her way through VIP, CRM and Marketing. Today, Catie is passionate about educating players on consumer rights and the best approaches for legal play in the United States as the Director of Community Marketing at Catie was born in Indonesia but grew up in Sweden. Currently, she resides in Spain with her two daughters.