North Carolina Sports Betting: Top Online Sportsbook Apps, Launch Details

North Carolina 🇺🇸 North Carolina Sports Betting
🗓 Expected NC Online Sports Betting Launch 👀 Fall 2022
📲 Top Expected NC Sportsbooks 💰 DraftKings Sportsbook
💰 Caesars Sportsbook
💰 FanDuel Sportsbook
💰 Barstool Sportsbook
💰 BetMGM Sportsbook
🚨 NC Sports Betting Legalization Status ✅ Retail: Yes
❌ Online: No
✍️ Written/Created by Robby Sabo
⏰ Last Updated on May 27, 2022
❗️ Provided by Saturday Down South

“From North Carolina, at guard, 6-6 … Michael Jordan.”

When opposing NBA teams heard that intro in 1990s playoff time, they knew their season was nearing its conclusion. Fans knew better than to bet against MJ’s Chicago Bulls, whereas Bulls fans—from that point forward—felt forever indebted to the great state of North Carolina (for producing the greatest basketball player of all time).

Fast-forward time a good quarter of a century, and the Tar Heel State is soon to join the ranks of the legal online sports betting world.

When Will North Carolina Online Sports Betting Launch?

North Carolina Online Sports Betting is coming quicker than Michael Jordan on a fastbreak in the 1980s. (It’s also coming faster than Jordan at your local casino or a late-night card game that involves not-so-friendly gambling, but that’s neither here nor there.)

As of this moment, sports betting is officially legal in North Carolina. It’s the online piece of it that has North Carolina sports fans waiting with bated breath.

The good news is this: Online sports betting is currently going through the NC Legislature, and all signs point to its legalization.

Only two retail sportsbooks are currently open and available in the state, which means most state residents are dealing with the inconvenience of travel. However, once online sports betting is finally and officially passed, all North Carolinians will have the ability to wager on sports directly from their phone or home (via online).

Although a Senate-approved sports betting bill has yet to be bandied about in the NC legislature, lawmakers are confident that NC online sports betting will arrive by Fall 2022, per XL Media’s Robert Linnehan.

Perhaps the biggest question of the moment is this: Which online sports betting apps should North Carolina sports bettors expect to launch once their state officially goes live?

Ranking the Expected NC Mobile Sports Betting Apps

1 DraftKings Sportsbook Icon 📲 DraftKings NC 🗓 Fall 2022 💰 $1,050 Sportsbook Bonus
2 Caesars Sportsbook Icon 📲 Caesars NC 🗓 Fall 2022 💰 $1,500 Bonus Bet
3 FanDuel Sportsbook Icon 📲 FanDuel NC 🗓 Fall 2022 💰 $1,000 No-Sweat First Bet
4 Barstool Sportsbook Icon 📲 Barstool NC 🗓 Fall 2022 💰 $1,000 Bet Insurance
5 BetMGM Sportsbook Icon 📲 BetMGM NC 🗓 Fall 2022 💰 $1,000 Bet Insurance

While it’s true that North Carolina isn’t exactly an SEC college football state—as the state doesn’t house any SEC college football schools—that doesn’t mean the traditionally ACC-rich state is foreign to the Southeastern Conference.

With the South Carolina Gamecocks just a bit southward, the Tar Heel state loves its SEC college sports. Which online sportsbook apps get the green light from the state upon official NC online sports betting launch is one of the many important questions to ponder.

Many consider North Carolina a southern state, which means including them in the great sports-betting-in-the-south conversation is a necessity. SB688 allows for the possibility of 10 to 12 sportsbooks to go live in the state.

DraftKings NC Mobile Sportsbook App


States: MI, NY, NJ, PA, CT, AZ, CO, IL, IN, IA, MD, NH, TN, VA, WV






When the name DraftKings is mentioned, respect is usually provided. Initially making its bones in the daily fantasy sports business, DraftKings quickly pivoted to the sports betting market once it saw the way the United States law wind was blowing.

DraftKings Sportsbook is what was born, and very quickly, online sports bettors realized how legitimate of an operator it was. If and when DraftKings Sportsbook becomes a reality in North Carolina, online sports wagerers could expect a $1,050 sportsbook bonus ($50 bonus bet and $1,000 deposit bonus) as an excellent new-user promo to get them going.

Caesars NC Mobile Sportsbook App







Caesars NC is as good as a legitimate guarantee as any at the moment. It’s already the only sportsbook that’s currently active in North Carolina—via two retial locations—so consider it the leader of the pack at this very moment.

The powerhouse sports betting platform is legal in an incredible number of states, including New York and Louisiana, and there’s no reason to think it’ll remain out of the North Carolina online sports gambling business.

For Saturday Down South’s money, Caesars Sportsbook is the best online sports betting app in the business. Better yet, its $1,500 bonus bet (first-bet insurance) is among the best in the market, and it’s what should be expected in North Carolina upon launch.

FanDuel NC Mobile Sportsbook App

FanDuel Sportsbook

States: OH, MD, LA, KS, NY, TN, NJ, PA, IN, IA, IL, WV, MI, CO, VA, AZ, CT


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NO-SWEAT BET: $3,000!


Similar to DraftKings, FanDuel also gained national fame through its daily fantasy sports ingenuity. Also, similarly to DraftKings, the company wisely pivoted to the legalized online sports betting game when it made all the sense in the world. FanDuel North Carolina will be a major player in the NC online sports betting market.

FanDuel Sportsbook was born, and both novice and diehard online sports gamblers cannot get enough—especially as it pertains to its incredible $1,000 No-Sweat First Bet promo.

Barstool NC Mobile Sportsbook App

Barstool Sportsbook

States: OH, MD, LA, CO, IL, IN, MI, NJ, PA, VA, TN, AZ, IA, WV





The self-described “disruptors of the industry” are at it again, but this time, they have their eye on the online sports betting world. Dave Portnoy, Big Cat and company first invaded the digital sports media world. Now, they have successfully added to the empire with Barstool Sportsbook.

If and when Barstool Sportsbook comes to North Carolina, new users could most likely expect a $1,000 bet insurance for signing up.

BetMGM NC Mobile Sportsbook App

BetMGM Sportsbook App

States: OH, MD, LA, NY, CO, MS, IN, IA, MI, NV, NJ, PA, TN, WV, VA, AZ

21+ and present in Participating states. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.




MGM Resorts is a name few individuals aren’t familiar with. Now, BetMGM is working its way to that very similar acclaim.

With a powerhouse brand backing it, BetMGM Sportsbook is thriving in several states, and North Carolina could be next on the list. New users should expect an amazing $1,000 bet insurance if and when BetMGM comes to North Carolina.

North Carolina Sports Betting

North Carolina Sports Betting

NC Online Sports Betting News & Timeline

The aforementioned Senate bill that has yet to be discussed in NC legislation is officially named SB 688. It already cleared the Senate and is currently in the House of Representatives.

SB688 passed by a  12-4 tally out of the House Commerce Committee in November 2021, and has since moved to the House Judiciary Committee. Admittedly, there are still things that need to happen before North Carolina gets its online sports betting, but individuals in the know are confident that Fall 2022 is a realistic projection for the state to launch legalized online sports betting officially.

In 2019, it took nearly five months from the introduction to the official signature, but SB154 easily through the Legislature. The Senate supports the bill 43-7, and the House passes it on to Gov. Roy Cooper on a 90-27 vote.

In 2021, legal sports betting finally comes to North Carolina. The two casinos that currently house the state’s only two retail sportsbooks are the first to accept legal bets in the state.

NC Sports Betting Retail Locations

Retail sports betting is legal in North Carolina, and currently, there are two active Caesars sportsbooks taking advantage of the retail legality within state borders. Both locations reside in the western part of the state, and both are part of tribal casinos.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel

NC sports betting bills

There are only two active sports betting bills in the North Carolina Assembly: The much-discussed SB 688 and HB 631. The following are the links to the official bills:

Popular Professional and Collegiate North Carolina Sports Teams

One of the more appealing positives for North Carolina’s online sports betting chances is the number and quality of its various professional and college sports teams.

Professional North Carolina Sports Teams

Collegiate North Carolina Sports Teams

Of course, numerous others exist, but the six above are far and away the most popular in the state.

North Carolina Sports Betting FAQ

When is North Carolina online sports betting expected to launch?

Fall 2022: Lawmakers are confident that North Carolina online sports betting will launch at some point in Fall 2022.

Who will control NC online sports betting?

North Carolina Education Lottery: Retail sports betting currently takes place via the oversight of the Cherokee Tribal Gaming Commission, but NC online sports betting will be controlled by the North Carolina Education Lottery upon official and legal launch.

Which online sportsbooks and mobile sports betting apps could be expected in North Carolina?

Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, Barstool and BetMGM: Although the most recent bill is written to allow up to 10-12 online sportsbooks in North Carolina upon legal launch, the five big boys of the industry, Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, Barstool and BetMGM, should be expected to launch in North Carolina.

Robby Sabo
Robby Sabo is a co-founder, developer and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor | Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (sold in 2020). SEO: XLM

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