North Carolina Gambling Laws and Sports Betting Regulations

On March 11, legal sports betting will arrive in North Carolina, including retail and mobile sportsbooks offering wagering services. North Carolina gambling laws and regulations are outlined in Article 37 of the North Carolina Revised Statutes. It covers lotteries, gaming, bingo, and raffles.

Here, we break down everything you need to know about North Carolina sports betting laws as online sportsbook apps become available to Tar Heel State bettors for the first time.

When Was North Carolina Sports Betting Legislation Passed?

On March 29, 2023, the North Carolina House of Representatives gave the green light to a sports betting bill, HB 347, with a 64-45 vote. The bill proceeded to the North Carolina Senate, receiving a 37-11 vote on June 1 to permit online sports betting. Following this, Gov. Roy Cooper signed the NC sports betting bill into law on June 14, 2023.

House Bill 347

North Carolina’s sports betting legislation, House Bill 347, gave the North Carolina State Lottery Commission (NCSLC) the authority to license and regulate sports betting and horse racing wagering in the state.

With 12 licenses available to NC gambling operators, eight would be tethered to professional sports facilities, and four would remain for standalone mobile permits.

FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, bet365, Fanatics, Underdog Sports, and ESPN BET were the first seven sportsbook operators to apply for licenses in North Carolina.

North Carolina Sports Betting Regulatory Body

The North Carolina State Lottery Commission oversees the establishment of regulations for sports betting and horse racing wagers within the state, with licensing included.

The Lottery Commission has granted licenses to eight interactive sports wagering operators within the legal framework of North Carolina’s sports betting regulations. These operators that are authorized to offer online sports betting services in compliance with state laws and regulations include:

  1. Betfair Interactive US (FanDuel Sportsbook)
  2. BetMGM
  3. FBG Enterprise (Fanatics Sportsbook)
  4. Crown NC Gaming (DraftKings)
  5. Hillside (bet365)
  6. Penn Sports Interactive (ESPN Bet)
  7. Underdog Sports Wagering
  8. Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

What is the Legal Betting Age in North Carolina?

To participate in sports betting in North Carolina, a bettor must be at least 21 years of age.

Read More: North Carolina Gambling Resources

North Carolina Wagering Catalog

As outlined in the North Carolina sports wagering catalog, bettors are prohibited from placing bets on unapproved sports, such as youth sports. Additionally, wagering on specific occurrences within approved sports events, such as injuries, penalties, pari-mutuel bets, replay review outcomes, and disciplinary proceedings against players, is also not allowed.

On the other hand, North Carolina permits wagering on various approved sports, including motorsports, boxing, the Olympics, college sports, mixed martial arts (MMA), and significant professional sports leagues, including the NFL, NBA, and MLB.

For all authorized Interactive Sports Wagering Operators, the forms of wagering options available for bettors by law are:

  1. Exchange Wagering
  2. In-Game Wagering
  3. In-Play wagering
  4. Moneyline
  5. Parlays
  6. Pool
  7. Over-Under
  8. Single Game Wager
  9. TeaserWager
  10. Straight Wager
  11. Proposition Wagers

Penalty: If an operator fails to follow the Wagering Rules, they could face financial penalties, lose their license, incur civil damages, be subject to injunctions, or even face criminal charges.

Tax Rate for the North Carolina Gambling Market

In North Carolina, two different tax rates are applied to sports betting: one for sportsbook operators and another for individual gambling winnings. According to the state’s gambling legislation, sportsbook operators are subject to an 18% tax on their gross gaming revenue (GGR), while individual gambling winnings are taxed at a rate of 5.25%.

Marketing and Advertising Regulations

Language: North Carolina marketing regulations forbid operators from labeling bets as “risk-free” if they involve any financial exposure for the bettors. The shift away from using “risk-free” terminology has been a prevailing trend in the industry for more than a year.

Promotion: The operator’s advertisements of NC sportsbook promos and marketing must:

  • Disclose the operator’s identity and brand.
  • Include a statement prohibiting underage individuals from wagering or accessing wagering accounts.
  • Not target individuals enrolled in the Voluntary Exclusion Program.
  • The operator must provide these regulations to all advertising personnel and ensure compliance.
  • Responsible gaming messaging must be continuously visible on digital billboards during advertisements.

Responsible Gambling in North Carolina

The North Carolina Problem Gambling Program offers comprehensive services to prevent, educate, and support those affected by problem gambling. Recent legislation has earmarked an extra $2 million annually to enhance and broaden the program’s reach.

To mitigate potential adverse outcomes from sports betting and promote responsible gambling, operators must adhere to specific regulations:

  • Implement a voluntary exclusion program allowing individuals to opt out of sports wagering.
  • Prohibit anyone on the voluntary exclusion list from participating in pari-mutuel betting.
  • Verify the age of bettors to ensure they are at least 21 years old.
  • Provide training to employees on responsible gaming practices.
  • Incorporate information on gambling addiction resources in advertising and marketing materials.
  • Ensure that advertising and marketing efforts do not target individuals under the age of 21 and are not deceptive.

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Tebearau Egbe

Tebearau Egbe is a seasoned gambling writer with more than four years of experience. Armed with a Masters degree in philosophy, Egbe possesses a unique ability to dissect complex industry developments, distilling them into insightful narratives that captivate readers.

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