North Carolina Online Gambling

North Carolina has not yet legalized online gambling, but sports betting is live from 2024. Find out the best offers and sites we have selected for you.

Can you gamble online in North Carolina?

Online casinoNot legal
Sports bettingonline from 2024
Horse racing online betting Legal
PokerOnly legal on tribal lands

THE legalization of sports betting in the state of North Carolina promised much, but as yet it has delivered little, with only two casinos offering retail sports betting, both run by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, based in the south western edge of the state.

While a bill on online sports betting progressed through the senate and was approved in the house commerce committee, it has since become stuck. There are hopes it will see the light of day this year, with proposals to create up to 12 online operators.

Until the current bill under scrutiny becomes law, or an alternative bill supersedes it, gamblers will have to accept the limitations of the present system that has three casinos operating, only two of which offer sportsbooks. There is legal horse race gambling on offer under present state law, with parimutuel and fixed odds betting available at the state’s casinos.         

Betting in North Carolina

In-person sports betting is legal but is limited to two casinos, with no online sports betting available yet; a bill to legalize sports apps is currently active.

NC Horse Racing Betting

The state has no race tracks but you can place bets at the state’s casinos on US events and races across the world. However, while many states allow advance-deposit wagering providers like BetAmerica and TVG to operate, they are prohibited in North Carolina.

North Carolina Casinos

With no online sports betting, it is perhaps unsurprising that there are no online casinos legally available to state residents. There are, however, land-based casinos offering a variety of table games.

North Carolina Poker and Card Rooms

Online poker is illegal with only Harrah’s Cherokee Casino offering in-person play and regular tournaments, with 20 tables on site.

Lottery in North Carolina

Known as the North Carolina Education Lottery, it has been running since 2005, with tickets sales available in-person from retailers and also online; the minimum age to participate is 18.

North Carolina DFS

While daily fantasy sports is not officially legalized and taxed at state level, events operated by the likes of FanDuel, Yahoo Fantasy and DraftKings are open to entries from North Carolina.

NC Online Gambling FAQs: 

What is the legal Gambling age in NC?

Sports betting is legal for those aged 21 and over but limited to in-person at two casinos in Cherokee and Murphy. At present there is no online sports betting legally available in the state, but moves have been made to offer legalized sports betting apps in North Carolina.

Where in NC can I get help with problem gambling?

While gambling can be fun for many, for some it can cause disruption in their home lives and lead to a range of problems. If you have issues with gambling, or a friend or relative is struggling, help is available. For details, see North Carolina – National Council on Problem Gambling (

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