The Tarheel State of North Carolina falls in line with most states below the Mason-Dixon line in its conservative approach to most things gambling. As we’ve seen throughout the country in recent years, though, things are changing for the better if you're a gambler in the state.
Despite there being no active horse racing tracks within state lines, horse betting in North Carolina was made legal at the state’s three tribal casinos in 2019. Then, in 2023, North Carolina lawmakers passed legislation to allow for online horse betting which is expected in March 2024.
Though we still await the official launch of all operators, let’s dive deeper into what to expect when it comes to all things horse betting in North Carolina.
Best horse betting sites in North Carolina
Though there is no definitive timeline yet announced for all sites to launch, the new legislation passed for online horse betting in North Carolina states March 11, 2024, is the earliest they can go live. As operators wait for their licenses to be approved, let’s take a look at a few of the best horse betting sites in North Carolina to expect.
Is horse betting legal in North Carolina?
Yes, horse betting is legal in North Carolina, and has been since 2019. First at the state’s three tribal casinos (Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, and Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort), each of which offers an off-track simulcast betting facility.
The next significant milestone in making horse betting legal in North Carolina came in June 2023, as House Bill 347 passed both the House and Senate to allow for online horse betting in North Carolina. Known as advance deposit wagering (ADW), the passage was included in a bill primarily drafted for online sports betting in NC. Ever since the bill passed in the Summer of 2023, operators began preparing for launch, with March 11, 2024, the official date on the calendar that operators can make their sites live.
How can you place a wager at a North Carolina race track?
Though there are currently no operating horse race tracks in North Carolina, you can still place in-person horse bets at any of the state’s three Tribal Casinos, spread throughout the state. The three currently operating locations are Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel (Murphy), Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort (Cherokee), and Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort (Kings Mountain). Here is how you can place a wager at any of them.