North Carolina Sports Betting Updates: Pre-Registration Open Now; Bets Start on March 11

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North Carolina Sports Betting Updates: Pre-Registration Open Now; Bets Start on March 11

Eight mobile sports betting operators in North Carolina have begun pre-registration, and they plan to start taking bets across the state at noon on March 11.

Starting from March 1, the following sports betting operators received approval to pre-register customers over 21 and to commence statewide betting on March 11:

 

North Carolina Pre-Registration Bonuses that are Now Available

We have 7 available offers that you can claim from different operators that will be going on live very soon in North Carolina. Here is a table with the respective bonus and promo code, with a total of over $2000 in bonus bets + gifts to be claimed!

North Carolina SportsbookPre-Registration BonusPromo Code
BetMGM NC Sportsbook$200 in Bonus Bets Upon Launch, No Deposit RequiredGAMBLINGNC
ESPN BET NC SportsbookGet Up To $225 in Bonus BetsGAMBLINGNC
Caesars NC SporsbookBet $1 and Get Seven 100% Bet BoostsGAMBLINGDBL
bet365 NC SportsbookDeposit $10, Get an Additional $100 on Sign UpGAMBLINGNC
Fanatics NC Sportsbook

Get $100 on Registration + 

Deposit $50, Get A Free Hat + 

Up To $1,000 in Bonus Bets at Launch

None - Claim Here
FanDuel NC SportsbookGet Up to $300 in Bonus BetsNone - Claim Here
DraftKings NC SportsbookSign Up & Get Up To $300 in Bonus Bets at LaunchNone - Claim Here

 

Caesars Sportsbook Made History By Being The First To Accept North Carolina online sports betting.

On March 1, Caesars NC sportsbook became the first operator to accept sports betting thanks to its partnership with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. This service extends to online betting and is also available at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel.

Eric Hession, President of Caesars Digital, expressed enthusiasm about offering online wagering alongside their established in-person sportsbooks in Western North Carolina. He highlighted the benefits of their relationship with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the exciting prospects of upcoming sports events.

The North Carolina State Lottery Commission has processed nine applications for sports betting licenses, approving Caesars, the Score, and SDSV Limited as service operators. Operators received their Certificates of Compliance, paving the way for the commencement of pre-registration and the official launch.

The initiation of North Carolina sports betting, set to begin before March Madness, aligns with Governor Roy Cooper’s objectives.

Nine candidates have applied for sports betting licenses in the state.

Ripley Rand, chair of the North Carolina State Lottery Commission, marked the issuance of the first interactive sports wagering operator licenses as a significant step towards legal sports betting in North Carolina. He emphasized the readiness for North Carolinians to sign up for mobile accounts, ensuring secure and responsible betting. With the start date approaching, efforts are underway to ensure a smooth launch.

Individuals of legal age with an account can place bets using their phones or electronic devices.

The Commission anticipates approving more licenses in the future, highlighting the rapid development of the state's sports betting infrastructure and readiness for operation as communicated by Sterl Carpenter, Deputy Executive Director of Gaming Compliance and Sports Betting.

The deadline for initial applications was December 27, with 17 submissions received. The selection process, influenced by the strength of each application and necessary background information, will determine the eventual launch date.

Operators and Partners

To obtain a license, sportsbook operators were required to secure a "written designation agreement" with a professional sports team, the owners of major sports venues, the PGA Tour, or NASCAR.

This was a prerequisite for the Commission to approve "interactive sports wagering operators."

Below is a summary of partnerships that have been formed, conditional upon the operators receiving licenses from the state:

  • ESPN BET North Carolina, in collaboration with Quail Hollow Club (host of the PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship), through its parent company PENN Entertainment. It is anticipated that ESPN BET will become the sponsor of this PGA Tour event after the current agreement with Wells Fargo concludes.
  • DraftKings North Carolina has partnered with NASCAR.
  • BetMGM North Carolina has teamed up with Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • Bet365 North Carolina  has formed a partnership with the NBA's Charlotte Hornets.
  • Fanatics North Carolina is in collaboration with the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.
  • FanDuel North Carolina has partnered with the PGA Tour.
  • Underdog Sports has joined forces with McConnell Golf/Sedgefield Country Club.

The tribe is exempt from forming partnerships. Other potential operators could pursue written designation agreements with entities including the NC Courage of the NWSL, the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, MLS franchise FC Charlotte, Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, Charlotte Motor Speedway, North Wilkesboro Speedway, and NASCAR.

Brooklyn-based Underdog Sports, a fantasy sports website, operates in 33 states, offering fantasy sports products. However, North Carolina does not intend to authorize fantasy play anytime soon. While Underdog is licensed in Ohio for sportsbook operations, it has not yet launched there.

To date, 14 companies have received approval as sports betting wagering suppliers. These include:

  • SportContentCo, LLC
  • SIS Content Services, Inc.
  • Swish Analytics North Carolina, Inc.
  • Idology, Inc.
  • LexisNexis Risk Solutions FL, Inc.
  • International Betting Integrity Association
  • FEMG,CO

Carpenter moved to North Carolina from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, where mobile betting was initiated on March 10 last year, just before the NCAA Tournament.

The launch in North Carolina is scheduled for one year and one day after that.

Earlier in November, the sports betting list was sanctioned. It includes events that are commonly available in most other jurisdictions where betting is legal. Carpenter and Rand have highlighted the essential steps for approval by operators, which encompass testing their betting software, geolocation services, the specific rules of each operator, and various other aspects.

On November 16, the entire North Carolina Lottery Commission unanimously agreed to adopt a revised set of rules spanning 64 pages to oversee legal sports and parimutuel betting, along with the proposed sports betting list.

Furthermore, the commission decided to postpone any discussions regarding Fantasy Sports in North Carolina indefinitely, if not permanently.

Carpenter remarked that they are on course to fulfill the legal deadline when the regulations were initially made public on October 17.

North Carolina Sports Betting Law Timeline

  • 📅 March 11, 2024: Mobile, legal, NC online sports betting officially launches at 12 noon.
  • 📅 March 1, 2024: Customer pre-registration begins for operators.
  • 📅 February 29, 2024: ESPNBET, Bet365, BetMGM, FanDuel, DraftKings, Fanatics, and Underdog Sports are among the seven operators awarded Certificates of Operation.
  • 📅 February 13, 2024: A Meredith Poll indicates that 57% of North Carolina voters are in favor of expanding online casino gaming in the state.
  • 📅 January 30, 2024: Caesars discloses its expansion plans into North Carolina online betting.
  • 📅 January 24, 2024: It's announced that sports betting will start on March 11, with pre-registration commencing on March 1.
  • 📅 January 10, 2024: Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise Cherokee and Catawba Two Kings Casino apply for sports betting licenses, increasing the total number of applicants to nine.
  • 📅 December 29, 2023: Seven operators and seven service providers submit applications for North Carolina sports betting licenses, including BetMGM, bet365, DraftKings, ESPN BET, FanDuel, Fanatics, and Underdog Sports.
  • 📅 December 21, 2023: Governor Cooper anticipates the launch of sports betting in North Carolina in time for March Madness.
  • 📅 December 15, 2023: Fanatics confirms a partnership with the Carolina Hurricanes.
  • 📅 December 13, 2023: Fourteen operators request sports betting license applications.
  • 📅 December 7, 2023: FanDuel announces a partnership with the PGA Tour in North Carolina.
  • 📅 December 5, 2023: ESPN BET partners with Charlotte's Quail Hollow Club, announcing its entry into North Carolina's sports betting scene.
  • 📅 November 29, 2023: A deadline for sports betting license applications is set for December 27, initiating a 60-day review period for each application.
  • 📅 November 17, 2023: The public comment period on a revised set of sports betting and parimutuel wagering rules proposed by the Sports Betting Committee concludes. On the same day, Bet365 and the Charlotte Hornets announced a sponsorship agreement, marking the first step for North Carolina's sportsbook operation.
  • 📅 November 16, 2023: The Lottery Commission endorses an updated set of betting rules for public commentary, approves the proposed Sports Betting Catalog, and decides against including Fantasy Sports in North Carolina for the time being.
  • 📅 November 7, 2023: Updated rules for sports betting and parimutuel wagering are published by the Sports Betting Committee.
  • 📅 October 27, 2023: A public hearing is held by the Sports Betting Committee to discuss sports betting regulations.
  • 📅 October 17, 2023: The Sports Betting Committee approves posting a set of proposed rules for sports betting and parimutuel wagering.
  • 📅 October 2, 2023: Amendments in the state budget revise the licensing process for sportsbooks and remove the limit on the number of sportsbooks.
  • 📅 September 27, 2023: The North Carolina State Lottery establishes the Sports Betting Committee.
  • 📅 August 31, 2023: The North Carolina State Lottery hires Gaming Laboratories Inc. to aid in the initiation of sports betting in North Carolina.
  • 📅 July 31, 2023: The North Carolina State Lottery Commission appoints Sterl Carpenter as executive director of gaming compliance and sports betting.
  • 📅 June 14, 2023: Governor Cooper signs HB 347 into law, permitting up to 12 mobile sportsbooks with a potential launch as early as January 8, 2024, and no later than June 14, 2024.

 

With 30 years of experience in the gaming industry, Carpenter has been instrumental in introducing and developing sports betting in Massachusetts, guiding it from its legislative beginnings a year ago to its actual implementation. As a crucial member of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) team, Carpenter was pivotal in developing and enforcing over 225 regulations necessary for the commencement of sports betting in the state. Under HB 347, signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper on June 14, Carpenter is responsible for managing the rules and regulations.

HB 347 mandates that the North Carolina State Lottery Commission manage online sports betting, retail sports betting across the state outside of Indian territories, and parimutuel betting on horse racing, including using North Carolina betting apps.

North Carolina State Lottery Commission Chair Ripley Rand said: “This commission and the staff have been tasked with the enormous responsibility of licensing and regulating the newly enacted wagering activities while at the same time maintaining the quality work and highest standards of integrity with the lottery”.

The Commission has launched a website dedicated to sports betting in North Carolina. It is designed to inform residents about the current status and specifics of sports betting operations, the allocation of funds generated, and guidelines for gambling responsibly.

North Carolina Has Legalized Sports Betting

HB 347 permits both online and physical betting beyond Native American territories on a wide array of events, including professional, collegiate, amateur, esports, and other competitions. Additionally, it legalizes parimutuel betting on horse racing. Venues like the Spectrum Center, which hosts professional teams and events, can now establish retail sportsbooks. 

This opportunity to wager is available to individuals who are 21 years of age or older and present within the state at the time of betting. The five-year licensing cost is $1 million, alongside application fees totaling $80,000.

Previously, North Carolina offered retail sports betting exclusively at two Native American-operated casinos. An attempt to introduce NC online betting narrowly missed approval in the House by one vote last year, intensifying efforts to legalize online betting in the current legislative session.

 

North Carolina Sports Betting Legislation Details

The North Carolina State Lottery Commission, responsible for overseeing gambling across the state, did not succeed in the competition with the Tar Heel state's major-league teams and other professional sports entities in choosing and endorsing potential sports book operators.

On October 2, the new budget detailing North Carolina's sports betting regulations took effect after Governor Cooper allowed a 10-day window to pass without vetoing or signing it.

This budget removes a previous cap that limited the number of mobile sports betting providers in North Carolina to 12, a restriction established by legislation earlier in 2023. Furthermore, it eliminates provisions that gave the Lottery Commission the authority to initially approve each operator, transferring this power to professional sports teams, organizations, and venues instead.

The Commission is collaborating with GLI to support its efforts in rule-making, licensing processes, developing an audit program, and managing risk.

GLI has provided similar support to Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Vermont in establishing their sports betting frameworks. Carpenter has recently completed an eight-year tenure as a regulator at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

The legislation now includes provisions for betting on collegiate events, a feature absent in last year's unsuccessful bill. The state imposes an 18% tax on the net gaming revenues of the operators, who must also pay $1 million for a license valid for five years.

This bill also prevents operators from reducing their taxable income by the amount of promotions and credits given out, a practice that is becoming common elsewhere and affects the operators' bottom line.

Additionally, it permits the establishment of retail betting locations outside of Native American territories, allowing for cash bets, and introduces betting on horse racing through a system known as parimutuel wagering.

Eight retail betting locations are permitted to accept wagers, specifically those hosting a NASCAR Series race, professional golf tournaments attracting over 50,000 live spectators, or venues for major league sports teams including MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, NHL, or NWSL. The NBA's Charlotte Hornets, NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, and NFL's Carolina Panthers are all based in North Carolina.

Revenue from licensing fees and taxes will benefit various state departments, including an annual $2 million allocation to the Department of Health and Human Services for gambling addiction education and treatment, and $300,000 to the athletic departments of various universities and colleges.

The bill facilitates betting account funding through several means, including credit cards, prepaid cards, foreign currency, and crypto or virtual currencies.

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