North Carolina now has legal gambling in place within the state. State governor, Roy Cooper singed senate Bill 154 in 15th July. However, the bill is somewhat restrictive, when comparing it against the progress made in other states such as New Jersey. The Bill only allows gambling to take place at two specific locations at tribal casinos. All bets must take place within the two specific locations of the tribal casinos. This means there is still no online betting allowed.
North Carolina Online gambling still unavailable
The bill does open up legitimate sports betting, including horse racing as well as casino games. However for those who are looking to place wagers from the comfort of their own homes, this news may feel like ‘one step forward and three steps back’.
The state senate seem to be taking a cautious, overlooking back seat to the whole gambling notion. It almost appears as if they are keeping a close eye on those states who hold a more open stance to wagering to see how the whole operation untangles.
Open states to set the example
A sensible option in many people’s eyes. A decision that is holding the state back in other’s. It is therefore important (if gambling is to be more widely accepted throughout the country) that states that have progressed the furthest, such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania continue to grow positively in both revenues and moral perception.
These states now become the example setters to the rest, lagging behind. The more success their openness brings, the more it will spread. This will hopefully bring about a more uniform system across the different states. But for now, it sadly appears to be a waiting game, rather than an all out attack strategy.
When will online gambling be legal in North Carolina?
This question is hard to answer under current circumstances. We certainly do not see any rush in to passing this through. Therefore we do not foresee online gambling becoming a legal state activity until 2021 at the very earliest. That is if this service becomes legitimised at all. Once the tax revenues start rolling in, there is a chance that this will encourage the state senate to accelerate the legality process. For the time being it seems like they are happy to pump the brakes rather than stamping down hard on the gas.