• NC sports betting bill SB 154 will include wagering on sports as part of the Class III gaming activities that tribal casinos are allowed to offer.
  • North Carolina only has two tribal casinos in the entire state.
  • NC SB 574 would create a gaming commission to study the effects of sports betting spreading across the state.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Sports betting in North Carolina is only one signature away from becoming a reality after the House passed a bill during a floor session on Monday.

The bill, NC SB 154, passed on a final vote of 90-27 with bipartisan support. The legislation will simply add sports betting to a list of Class III games that are allowed at the two Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Casinos.

There were no provisions set to allow mobile sports betting in NC either statewide or in the casinos. This means sports bettors will have to physically visit either the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, NC or the Harrah’s Casino in Murphy, NC.

There were no rules set against betting on in-state collegiate teams, meaning sports fans will have the ability to bet on Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, and others. Sports betting on out of state collegiate teams and professional teams will also be allowed.

The bill will now be sent to NC Governor Roy Cooper’s desk. He will have 10 days to either sign the bill into law, let it become law without his signature, or veto the bill completely.

“I expect the governor will sign the bills,” said bill sponsor Jim Davis. “They are not controversial and we have strong bipartisan support.

What Is The Other NC Sports Betting Bill?

The North Carolina House also passed a sports betting study bill last Thursday.

The bill NC SB 574 will create a gaming commission to oversee all gaming activity in the state. It would also task the commission to file a report on the potential spread of sports betting across the state of North Carolina outside of tribal casinos.

The bill was amended during the House floor session on Thursday and was sent back to the Senate for concurrence. That may very well happen on Tuesday as the bill is currently set on the Senate floor calendar for a vote then.

The initial report for would be due by February of 2020 and a final report would have to be provided by April of 2020. However, legal sports betting at tribal casinos will most likely be offered at an earlier date.

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