Right now, in North Carolina, there are a couple of places where you can legally bet on sports, and there might be another one soon. We’re waiting for a vote in May to see if online sports betting will be allowed in the state. But for now, let’s talk about the places you can go to bet.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort is the first place. It’s been around for about 25 years, nestled in the Smoky Mountains, not too far from Asheville. This casino is also pretty close to Dollywood in Tennessee.

Then, in 2015, Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino opened in Murphy. This one is a bit more secluded, closer to the borders with South Carolina and Tennessee than to any big city in North Carolina.

At both these casinos, you can find sports betting. They’ve teamed up with Caesars to create sportsbooks called “The Book.” The very first sports bets in these places were made on March 18.

Two Kings Casino Near Charlotte

There’s a new spot for gambling in the state, the Catawba Two Kings Casino, located near Charlotte. Right now, it’s just a temporary setup with limited gaming options and no sports betting yet. They’re planning to build a big $270 million casino there.

Glen White, who’s in charge of talking for Delaware North (the company helping with the casino), gave an update. He said they recently added 500 more gaming machines, including some electronic table games. So now, they have 1,000 machines in total, including slots and electronic table games in a stadium-like setup.

They’re still planning the big casino that will replace this temporary one. We should hear more about when they’ll start building it this year.

Adding Sports Betting Soon

Even though it’s just a temporary place right now, the Catawba Two Kings Casino is planning to add sports betting soon, keeping an eye on developments in North Carolina sports betting laws. They’re also eagerly anticipating the introduction of North Carolina sports betting apps and are ready to participate in various North Carolina sports betting promos to attract bettors. Potential offerings like the BetMGM North Carolina bonus code could be a big draw for sports enthusiasts in the state.

There was some legal trouble with the Cherokee trying to stop the Catawba casino, but that’s been sorted out. The new law confirms the Catawba’s connection to North Carolina, so the Cherokee’s lawsuit got dismissed.

Since they expanded their gaming machines in December, business at the Catawba casino has been really good and keeps getting better. This development is significant, particularly with the growing interest in North Carolina sports betting. The expansion of gaming options at Catawba Two Kings Casino, coupled with the potential introduction of online sports betting, could significantly enhance the gambling landscape in North Carolina.

✅ Fact Checked on January 27, 2024 by Ken Weaver