In July 2019, tribal operators in North Carolina legalized retail sports betting. Last June, state lawmakers also legalized online sports betting, with the activity expected to launch next month. There are eight online sports betting operators set to roll out their services with the opening of the market in March, including industry giants DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, bet365, and Caesars Sportsbook. Additionally, Underdog Sports, Fanatics Sportsbook, and ESPN Bet are also planning to launch their services with the opening of the legal mobile betting market next month. According to a recent report, the number of mobile sportsbooks is expected to grow further with the addition of another operator.
Catawba Two Kings Casino, a premium gaming and betting venue in Kings Mountain, is also anticipating entering the mobile sports betting vertical. The venue is one of three that currently offer retail sports betting. The other two are Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River in Murphy.
Catawba Two Kings Casino is currently exploring options for teaming up with a mobile betting partner. The venue would need to apply for a license with the North Carolina gambling regulator, the NC State Lottery Commission, once it has selected a suitable betting partner. Catawba Indian Nation’s director of communications, Tylee Tracer-Anderson, stated that the venue is currently assessing different options for a mobile sports betting operator to team up with and hopes to have one chosen within the next few months.
The statewide expansion of legal sports betting in the U.S. started back in 2018 after the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA. As of now, 38 states along with DC offer some form of legal sports betting.