Legal North Carolina Online Gambling, Poker & Casinos

North Carolina appears to be blazing a trail for the US gambling industry in the American South. Although horse racing and dog racing are both prohibited, along with social gambling among friends and family, casino games, poker and state-operated lotteries are all embraced here.

In fact, the state lottery has played a major role in revitalising the state's economy. The lottery has helped fund North Carolina's higher education infrastructure and the tribal casino scene has also contributed to overall annual revenues of $1.5 billion.

North Carolina Gambling Laws - Summary and Look to the Future

Online gambling is not mentioned anywhere within North Carolina's penal code. This isn't unusual given that many states rely on legislature dating back to the early 20th century.

At the time of writing, the state has never prosecuted a North Carolina resident for betting online, so individuals are likely to be safe wagering with offshore platforms.

North Carolina Gambling Laws - A Brief History

  • 1753 - Public gambling prohibited, while social gambling losses are limited.
  • 1784 - Anti-gambling legislations relaxed and state opts to tax public gambling.
  • 1939 - Greyhound betting legalized.
  • 1945 - Charitable bingo games permitted in Mecklenburg County.
  • 1954 - State-wide ban on greyhound betting.
  • 1977 - Charitable raffle games permitted.
  • 1982 - Bingo hall established by Eastern Band of Cherokees.
  • 1994 - Casino agreement reached with Cherokee Tribe.
  • 2000 - Use of video poker machines restricted state-wide.
  • 2005 - State votes to legalize state-operated lottery.
  • 2007 - Video poker banned state-wide.
  • 2012 - Table casino games permitted at Cherokee Indians casinos.
  • 2013 - Sweepstake cafes deemed "illegal internet gambling".

What Types of Gambling are Legal in North Carolina?

  • Casino Gambling – There is casino gambling in North Carolina at tribal casinos. While the landscape of casino gambling in North Carolina has changed throughout the years currently all traditional casino games are available.
  • Sports Betting- Sports betting is not legal in North Carolina and there haven’t been any motions to get it started. You can follow any news on North Carolina sports betting here.
  • Online Betting – There is currently no online gambling in North Carolina
  • Daily Fantasy – The large DFS sites like Fanduel and Draft Kings accept players from North Carolina as they claim they are skilled games.
  • Poker – There is just one large poker room in North Carolina and it is at one of the tribal casinos.
  • Bingo – Bingo is legal in North Carolina and there are dozens of bingo halls but they cannot operate more than twice a week.
  • Lottery – North Carolina has a lottery with drawings as well as scratch off games and they take part in interstate lottery ticket sales as well.