As North Carolina gears up for the official launch of online sports betting on March 11, 2024, sports fans across the state are eagerly anticipating their chance to legally place wagers. The North Carolina State Lottery Commission has been diligently working to implement safe and seamless sports betting operations ahead of the big debut.

While the final list of licensed North Carolina sports betting operators has yet to be solidified, some familiar big names have already thrown their hats in the ring. Major players like BetMGM, DraftKings, Caesars, FanDuel, and ESPN BET have applied for interactive sports wagering licenses in partnership with local professional teams and venues.

With nine prospective operators currently under review, the competition is fierce to claim a piece of a passionate sports market that boasts teams like the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, Carolina Hurricanes and Charlotte FC. The Lottery Commission has 12 online operator licenses up for grabs to qualified applicants that meet compliance and regulation standards.

The March 11 launch date means residents over 21 will be able to use North Carolina betting apps and promo codes to legally place wagers just in time for the intense March Madness action. Given the state’s devotion to college basketball, the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament in Charlotte from March 12-16 followed by NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday on March 17 promises to draw in hordes of new users.

Caesars North Carolina is expected to be an immediate major player when wagering kicks off, pending license approval. Their partnership with the Charlotte Motor Speedway gives them an built-in audience and prime real estate for a retail sportsbook.

While physical sportsbook locations are still pending authorization, users will be able to access North Carolina sports betting sites and apps like DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM right from the start on March 11. Expect those operators to come out with big promotional offers like first-bet insurance, bonus free bets for registration and attractive North Carolina sportsbook promo codes to attract first-time bettors.

With a passionate local fanbase that fills stadiums for the Panthers, Hurricanes and Charlotte’s two professional teams, North Carolina sports betting sites are gearing up for the long haul. The sports landscape provides year-round action for bettors that extends far beyond March Madness.

As launch day approaches, the Lottery Commission is laser-focused on creating a safe, competitive marketplace with strict regulations around areas like geolocation services, identity verification and responsible gambling resources. That work should pay major dividends in establishing North Carolina as a premier sports betting destination for years to come.

✅ Fact Checked on January 27, 2024 by Ken Weaver