Sports gambling was an uphill climb in the state of North Carolina and required a great deal of pragmatism to gain approval. At the end of the day only tribal casinos will be able to offer sports wagering. Yet that may be enough for the enterprise to be a success in the Tar Heel State.
The state of North Carolina is the ultimate hotbed for college basketball. And with such a long season with so many games offered during the college hoops campaign the tribal casinos should be quite busy. College football also draws its share of interest in the state of North Carolina. Beyond that the state is home to franchises in the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, and the National Football League. With four states bordering the state of North Carolina that are also college sports hotbeds the chances for sports wagering success in the Tar Heel State are quite promising.
Let’s now take a look at sports gambling and how it works in the state of North Carolina.
The only way to wager on sports in the state of North Carolina is in person at a tribal casino sportsbook. You must be 21 years of age or older to bet on sports in the state of North Carolina.
The following tribal casinos will offer sports gambling:
Catawba Casino Project at Kings Mountain, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Hotel & Casino, and the Cherokee Tribal Bingo.
There is no provision for online or mobile sports wagering of any kind in the state of North Carolina.
Gambling on all major pro and college sports is allowed in the state of North Carolina, including games that feature college teams based within the state.
The longest running, greatest, most gloried, and historic tradition in the state of North Carolina is the sport of college basketball. The North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils are name brand marquee programs that are renowned throughout the United States. North Carolina and Duke compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference which is to college basketball what the Southeastern Conference is to college football.
Other famed North Carolina schools competing in the ACC are the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the NC State Wolfpack. These schools also have good followings in college football.
In particular optimism is high for a North Carolina Tar Heels resurgence on the gridiron with Mack Brown recruiting exceptionally well in just the second season of his second tour of duty at the school where he won big 25 years ago before moving on to the Texas Longhorns where he won a national title.
The Carolina Panthers of the National Football League are based in Charlotte with the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. The Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League are based in Raleigh.
On the border with North Carolina is South Carolina, a college football hotbed and home of that sport’s perennial power Clemson Tigers of the ACC and the SEC South Carolina Gamecocks.
Bordering Georgia is home to the SEC football powerhouse Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets of the ACC. Georgia also boasts major league sports with Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League, Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association, and Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball.
Bordering Tennessee hosts the famed Tennessee Volunteers of the SEC and the Memphis Tigers of the American Athletic Conference. Both schools are known not just for college football but for strong college hoops programs as well. Additionally, pro sports have grown into a major force in Tennessee. Memphis is home of the NBA Memphis Grizzlies while Nashville is home of the NHL Nashville Predators and the NFL Tennessee Titans.
On the northern border of North Carolina is the state of Virginia, home of the ACC Virginia Cavaliers and Virginia Tech Hokies. The state also has a large pocket of Washington Redskins NFL Fans.
NASCAR is a religion in the state of North Carolina with nearly all of the racing teams based out of Charlotte. The Coca Cola 600 is the longest race of the year and run each Memorial Day weekend in Charlotte.