Regulators have provided an update on the progress of online sports betting in North Carolina. The exact timeline for its launch remains uncertain.

During a meeting on Thursday the North Carolina State Lottery Sports Betting Advisory Committee informed that seven operators are expected to submit their proposed controls by the end of this month which is one of the required steps before they can receive a Certificate of Compliance. This North Carolina sportsbook promo codes certificate is necessary for them to go live with their operations as explained by Sterl Carpenter, deputy director of gaming compliance and sports betting at the NC Lottery.

Although no specific date was mentioned Carpenter mentioned that there will be a phased rollout with North Carolina betting apps launching before in person facilities. While Carpenter had previously ruled out having sports betting available in time for Super Bowl betting there are hopes from industry sources and Governor Roy Cooper for it to be ready by March Madness. It’s important to note that according to the law sports wagering must be launched by June 14.

Carpenter also outlined all the steps that sportsbooks need to complete before they can officially launch their operations in compliance, with North Carolinas regulations. Here are the steps involved;

  1. Ensuring internal control approval.
  2. Setting up test accounts.
  3. Obtaining certification from testing laboratories.
  4. Demonstrating the ability to provide reports.
  5. Implementing gaming measures.
  6. Conducting geolocation testing.
  7. Showcasing demonstrations of betting apps and websites.

The North Carolina (NC) Lottery is using the pace at which operators complete these tasks to determine the launch date as per Carpenters statement.

Although a launch before the Super Bowl on February 11 has been ruled out by regulators Governor Cooper has expressed that launching before March Madness is a possibility.

“We aim to have it up and running before March Madness ” Cooper mentioned during an interview on the Ovies + Giglio Show a couple of weeks. “They’re working quickly as possible.”

Seven operators have applied by December 27 which was the recommended date set by NC Lottery for North Carolina sports betting sportsbooks looking to participate in the launch of sports betting. According to Carpenter there were 17 operators who requested applications.

Under North Carolina law partnerships with sports organizations are required for obtaining one of the eleven possible licenses.

Caesars has applied as a service provider and can access the state through its partnership, with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The tribe currently has two Caesars sportsbooks that operate in person within the state as, per the laws that were approved earlier.

✅ Fact Checked on January 27, 2024 by Ken Weaver