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North Carolina is one of the least gambling-friendly States in terms of its State Laws and legislation. What little gambling there is in the Tar Heel State takes place in a single Tribal casino.

All that remains outside of the reservation is some charity gaming, and a few low-stakes bingo games. Even a state lottery wasn’t introduced for North Carolinians until as recently as 2006. On the upside, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) players will be excited to learn that DFS is offered to all residents and visitors to North Carolina.

In fact, with DFS legalization on the State House Agenda, the track record of North Carolina as one of progressive crack-downs on all forms of gambling might just be leading to a progressive liberalization of sports betting (land-based and online).

Legality of Sports Betting VS Gambling

North offers its visitors and residents a single Tribal Casino industry, DFS competitions, live poker and charitable gambling.

Sports & Gambling Type
Legal Land-Based
Legal Online
Sports Betting
No
No
Casinos
Yes
No
Fantasy Sports (DFS)
N/A
Yes
eSports
No
No
Poker
Yes
No
Horse Racing
No
No
Lottery
Yes
No
Charitable Gambling
Yes
No

North Carolina Sports Betting Tax Rates

North Carolina applies a 7% state tax on gambling winnings.

Large gambling wins over $600 in the state of North Carolina may possibly attract an additional Federal Tax.

Contact your tax attorney to assess your potential Federal tax liability if you have a big win in North Carolina.

Sports betting Age VS Gambling Age in North Carolina

No Age Limit applies to North Carolina’s charitable gaming, whilst at the upper end of the spectrum, the state’s lone casino applies a 21-years-of-age limit. All other forms of legal gaming apply an age limit of 18.

Gambling Type
Age
Sports Betting
N/A
DFS
18
Casinos
21
Horse Racing
18
Lottery
18
Charitable Gambling
No Age Limit

Betting on Sports in North Carolina

Sports betting regulations are now made on a state-by-state basis, including North Carolina. Many states have the topic in their legislative pipeline for the 2018-19 legislative season. To begin with at least, North Carolina may start the process by considering legalization for DFS.

Currently, North Carolina has no other legal sports betting options beyond DFS. At the current time in North Carolina, it’s not possible to place a bet on the state’s much-loved Duke University Blue Devils, the Carolina Panthers or hockey’s Carolina Hurricanes.

North Carolina is not likely to introduce legislation to legalize sports betting in the short-term. The North Carolina criminal code has classified the act of betting on sports as a Class 2 misdemeanor, an act punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and a maximum of 60 days in jail. It is not a legal landscape that appears conducive to legalization soon, however, the atmosphere could turn quickly with the DFS legalization push.

North Carolina Online Sports Betting Laws

Only a few states in the nation have authorized legal gambling online and North Carolina is certainly not a member of the ‘legal sports betting online states’ club. North Carolina does not authorize or regulate on online sports betting laws at all.

As in many-other-states, North Carolina’s gambling laws take the approach of prohibiting and defining as illegal everything except for what is specifically authorized as legal. § 14-292 of the North Carolinian State Statutes explains the state’s position in crystal-clear wording;

‘Except as provided in Chapter 18C of the General Statutes or in Part 2 of this Article, any person organization that operates any game of chance or any person who plays at or bets on any game of chance at which any money, property or other thing of value is bet, whether the same be in stake or not, shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. This section shall not apply to a person who plays at or bets on any lottery game being lawfully conducted in any state.’

Meanwhile, online players can play real money DFS competitions unhindered in the Tar Heel State.

Online Fantasy Sports in North Carolina

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) competitions have been ruled by Federal lawmakers in the United States not to be considered a form of gambling. Federal courts have determined DFS are skills-based games, not games of chance. As a result, under U.S. Federal law, states have been encouraged to declare their own individual positions on the legality of DFS competitions.

Lawmakers in North Carolina had long been non-committal on applying DFS legalization laws in the state, until 2017. At that time, Republican lawmakers introduced Bill HB 279with a series of regulations attached to create a legal framework of DFS competition administration including;

  • 10% tax on revenue,
  • 10% tax on registration and license renewal every 5 years, and;
  • A reapplication and relicensing process.

The bill was ultimately defeated, however, DFS laws are rescheduled for debate in the North Carolina House in 2019. Watch this space for updates as the legalization process heats up.

Meanwhile, all major DFS sites accept customers from North Carolina and players resident in or visiting North Carolina can sign-up and play DFS competitions for real money without form of legal impediment.

Esports Online Betting Laws

With the exception of ‘legal-to-play’ DFS in North Carolina, sports betting is generally unavailable, a position that still applies to eSports betting also for the time being. If-and-when sports betting becomes legal in the state of North Carolina, eSports betting will potentially become a popular new way for the state’s residents to win a few dollars, and the state treasury to earn some much-needed additional tax revenue.

What are eSports?

“What are eSports?” you ask.

‘eSports’ is video game play at the highest professional levels. Usually, played in team format (rather than individually), eSports is arguably the fastest growing betting phenomenon in the world today. Software game development companies of all the major electronic multi-player games (Starcraft II, Dota 2, Fortnite, Overwatch, and many others) have all launched their own pro leagues, and eSports competitions have been transformed into global betting events with the advent of live streaming technology. Developed sports betting markets around the world offer a range of betting markets across all major eSports tournaments.

Watch for our updates on the legalization of sports betting in North Carolina, to take part in legal eSports betting opportunities in the state.

Horse Racing in North Carolina

Horse Racing has always been outlawed in North Carolina and greyhound racing had a brief dalliance as a legal gambling activity from 1939-to-1954.

North Carolina has two racetracks where greyhounds once raced, however, the North Carolina Supreme Court closed their doors permanently amid allegations that special privileges were given to a private company during the legal years.

As such, North Carolina’s state racing industry has been comatose ever since. There are no expectations to see North Carolina attempting to revive horse and greyhound betting in the near future.

Trackside Betting

There are no legal horse or greyhound racing tracks in North Carolina.

Horse racing tracks in New Mexico are also permitted to host slot and video poker machines in addition to their racing betting options.

Off Track Betting (OTB) in North Carolina

OTB betting is not offered in North Carolina.

Online Horse Racing in North Carolina

Online Horse Racing Betting is not offered in North Carolina. Please see above section ‘North Carolina Online Sports Betting Laws’ for further details.

For information on the states online casino, poker and racing laws visit our NC Gambling page

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