North Carolina has become the latest US jurisdiction to offer a form of legal sports betting after the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and William Hill opened two land-based sportsbook facilities in the state.
North Carolina is the latest state to offer some form of legal and regulated sports wagering following the fall of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018.
Sports betting in North Carolina
The state’s sports betting legislation that would permit tribes to offer sports wagering was approved by the Senate in April 2019.
Under the legislation, sports betting is classed as a Class III gambling activity which means that the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are allowed to offer the activity to customers under its Class III compact agreement with the state.
The legislation essentially grants the tribal groups in the state a monopoly on sports betting.The legislature also chose not to impose an additional tax rate on the activity.
Furthermore, the legislation does not include integrity fees or prohibit betting on specific events or teams. Lawmakers rejected a proposal to ban betting on in-state college teams.
Lawmakers in the state of North Carolina also passed a sports betting expansion study bill in September 2019 which would look at the further expansion of sports betting in the state and the creation of the North Carolina Gaming Commission, a new regulatory body.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and William Hill’s sportsbooks
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is now the first tribe in the state to launch its sports betting offering.
The tribe teamed up with the sports betting giant William Hill to launch the sports wagering service.
According to the announcement, the new venue is called The Book and is now featured at the tribe’s Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel in Murphy.
Both of the tribe’s casinos are located in the western part of North Carolina, near the Tennessee border.
The sportsbook facility at the Cherokee venue features reclining seats along with highlights and score kickers on a 90-foot TV screen. The venue also features 10 self service betting kiosks, seven ticket writing windows and private space fans can reserve.
Meanwhile, the facility at the Murphy venue features a 32-foot, ultra-high definition screen, four ticket-writer windows and five self-service betting kiosks.
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Principal Chief Richard Sneed said: “We are excited to offer legal sports betting at The Book, and just in time for March Madness. We would like to thank our partners at William Hill and Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos, as well as members of the state, for making this opening possible.”