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North Carolina sportsbooks are already accepting registrations and doling out special bonuses. They’ve been live in earnest since March 11 and they’ve brought sports betting to the state’s population of more than 10 million. If you aren’t familiar with sports betting or you’d rather do something adjacent to it, NC sportsbooks have you covered.

Here are some of the non-betting or betting-adjacent features you’ll find at North Carolina Sportsbooks.

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Free To Play Contests for Real Prizes

Many sportsbooks offer free-to-play contests. Think of these as fantasy contests for particular events. They usually involve making selections from a handful of categories. Players who get the most correct split the prize pool with other winning players.

DraftKings North Carolina is known for offering amazing free-to-play pools. Click the “pools” category within the app or on the desktop site to see which contests are available. At the time of this writing, there were pools available for the season finale of The Traitors on Peacock, the Callaway Tournament, and a few upcoming March Madness contests.

The prize pools vary, reaching as high as $50,000 for some contests.

Gambling Guides for Rookies

If you’re nervous about betting for the first time, I get it. There are so many terms and numbers to keep track of in sports betting. As a new bettor, it’s easy to feel lost in the sauce. Sportsbooks recognize this, and many will offer robust guides that explain common betting terms and phrases, how odds work, and much more. Gaming Today also has similar resources if you need primers on betting-related terms before you start gambling in NC.

Social Groups

Sports betting is slowly becoming a more social activity. Perhaps this was inevitable, considering the communal nature of sports fandom and viewership. Sportsbooks are hopping on board this trend by offering social groups you can join to share your betting activity with friends. DraftKings leads the pack with the best social features right now. See what your friends are betting on (without the actual wagering amounts) and tail their bets with the click of a button.

Live Streams

At some North Carolina online sportsbooks, you can stream events straight to your device. Before you get excited that you’ve found a free way to watch the NFL, temper your expectations. Live streams aren’t typically available for tentpole events or major leagues such as the MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL. Instead, these are usually relegated to smaller sports or international events. For example, you might see a live stream of a European basketball game or a ping pong match. It may seem disappointing at first, but these live streams can be a great way to enjoy sports betting even if your favorite league or team isn’t playing a match at the moment.

Most of the major sportsbooks offer some form of live streaming. FanDuel, DraftKings, and BetMGM are the best for live streams. Look for a play button icon on a match to see if it has a live stream available.

Rewards Programs

North Carolina bettors can also take advantage of rewards programs. This benefit is firmly in the “betting-adjacent” category, though, because it requires you to bet in order to earn rewards. As you play more, you’ll earn more. Depending on the sportsbook you use, you can claim various perks, discounts, bonuses, and merch items. Our favorite rewards program is Caesars Rewards.


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Cole Rush

Cole Rush

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Cole Rush is a contributor to Gaming Today. Cole is a Chicago-based writer in the gambling, media, and entertainment spaces. His work has been showcased in various gaming industry magazines and online columns.

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