North Carolina is poised to join the ranks of U.S. states offering legal sports betting. After voting unanimously, the North Carolina State Lottery Commission set March 11th as the official launch date for mobile sports wagering in the state. This launch coincides conveniently with the start of the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament in Washington D.C. on March 12th, another jurisdiction where online betting is legal. It also precedes the wildly popular NCAA March Madness tournaments.

Initially, the 2023 law signed by Governor Roy Cooper indicated betting could commence at the earliest by June 15th. However, January 8th was set as the first potential start date if all conditions were met satisfactorily. This latest update means interested bettors can finally partake in North Carolina sports betting come March.

While bet placement must wait until March 11th, bettors can create accounts and fund them with licensed operators beginning March 1st at noon ET. They must prove they are 21+ years to participate. This launch window allows betting to open in time for peak sports betting months. March Madness transitions smoothly into the final NBA, NHL regular seasons and MLB’s Opening Day.

When North Carolina sports betting apps open, bettors can wager on major professional leagues like the NFL and MLB as well as college sports, PGA events, NASCAR races and even Olympic competitions. One key uncertainty is whether betting on in-state college teams like UNC, Duke, and NC State will be restricted like in some other states currently. Those details are still pending.

Recent licensing changes mean each operator must align with a local pro team, venue or organization before taking bets. Currently, seven approved mobile operators meet that criteria for North Carolina sports betting:

DraftKings NC (NASCAR)
FanDuel NC (PGA Tour)
• bet365 NC (Charlotte Hornets)
Fanatics Sportsbook NC (Carolina Hurricanes)
• PENN Entertainment (Quail Hollow Golf Club)
• Underdog Sports NC (McConnell Golf)
• Bet MGM NC (Charlotte Motor Speedway)

In total, nine applicants seek North Carolina sports betting licensure from the Commission. Those reviews are still underway presently.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Catawba Indian Nation also applied for licenses to augment their existing in-person sportsbooks. Their retail betting rules will follow separately, as with other operators planning physical sportsbooks.

29 states and Washington D.C. already offer mobile sports wagering. Industry experts like the American Gaming Association expect robust expansion too. Five more states are actively crafting legislation presently – Georgia, Hawaii, Mississippi, Missouri and Oklahoma.

As March 11th approaches, North Carolina sportsbook promos will assuredly intensify. bet365 North Carolina bonus code will likely feature offers like risk-free bets for signing up early. Stay locked to Point Spreads Sports Magazine for the latest North Carolina sports betting updates headed into launch!

✅ Fact Checked on January 27, 2024 by Ken Weaver