There’s not getting away from the underwhelming feel of the sports betting bill in North Carolina - it’s a tentative start to say the least.
It raises the question as to whether there’s much desire to expand beyond just two tribal casinos?
Bettors in Charlotte face a six hour round trip to and from Harrah’s Cherokee
You’d like to think so considering the substantial distance between the tribal casinos and the most populated parts of NC. Bettors in Charlotte face a six hour round trip to and from Harrah’s Cherokee - surely this is too much to ask of people just looking to place wager.
Additionally, it’s hardly a great sell in trying to prise bettors away from an unregulated online market. Many will choose to risk what comes with betting illegally online over spending half their day travelling across the state - as bad as it sounds, this is the reality.
With gambling in NC already present in various forms, i.e state lottery, horse racing, live poker, slot machines, in addition to a strong core of major sports teams, the general view is of mobile sports betting in North Carolina eventually becoming a thing.