Sports betting in North Carolina has been legal for over a year – there is simply no way to legally place a bet in the state.
Governor Roy Cooper signed SB 154 in law in July 2019. The bill leaves the Eastern band of the Cherokee Indians operate sports betting in their two casinos.
This isn’t the only time Cooper Sportsbook has had to take off, however. The new law required an amended tribal contract that included details of NC sports betting, first from Cooper and then from the Home Office.
After delays from the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Cherokee Tribal Council finally approved the necessary changes last week, according to the Cherokee One Feather.
Despite the progress, it looks like North Carolina sports betting has a better chance of the first big event March madness than Super bowl.
North Carolina Sports Betting Timeline
Without Cooper’s signature on the amended tribal contract, it’s a little difficult to predict when sports betting might start in North Carolina. There’s no hint from Cooper’s office as to when that signature might come, regional vice president of marketing for Harrah’s Cherokee Brian Saunooke said LSR.
Whenever this signature comes, another waiting game begins. The Home Office has one 45 days Window to approve the changes to the Compact.
There was no indication that the timeframe will be shortened, Saunooke added. The contract will be officially published as soon as it is published on the internet Federal Register.
Sports betting ready to go
The construction of both sports bets in the two casinos has been completed, Saunooke confirmed. Some of the key employees for the operation have already been identified.
Saunooke declined to discuss who will provide sports betting to the Cherokee. It couldn’t be such a big secret, however.
The Cherokee co-operate their two casinos under a licensing agreement for the Harrah’s brand Caesars. Caesars recently approved the purchase William Hillwho will operate sports betting in all Caesars hotels.
The sports betting are also known simply as The bookThis is the standard name for Caesars-operated books across the company’s portfolio.
No mobile sports betting in North Carolina
Unfortunately, it’s not that easy for many in North Carolina to place a bet.
The two Harrah’s Cherokee locations are a bit away from the state’s big cities. Both casinos are on the southwestern edge of the state, which means it may be easier for some to take advantage of mobile sports betting Tennessee than it would be to drive to one of the two casinos.
Those in the northern part of North Carolina have meanwhile been able to complete their sports bets Virginia. The state is ready to license and launch its mobile sports betting industry in January.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in the Cherokee, North Carolina, is about two hours south of Knoxville, Tennessee and three hours from Charlotte. Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River in the Murphy, NC, is approximately two and a half hours south of Knoxville and two hours north of Knoxville Atlanta, Georgia.