Sports Betting Launches — In Timid Fashion — In North Carolina
There are plans for a “soft opening” of some sort at Kings Mountain later this year, so perhaps there will be full-fledged Madness there in spring 2022.
But for those in the large Raleigh-Durham region, Kings Mountain is at least 150 miles away – borderline impractical for a day trip. That’s why there could be a push among state lawmakers for mobile sports wagering as awareness of the popularity of that betting in states such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania presumably grows.
The tribal casino in Murphy is near the eastern Tennessee and northern Georgia borders, so it could draw from the latter state. But it’s 200+ miles from residents of Atlanta and its suburbs, so the perk of sports betting might be more as one more reason for those residents to spending a few days over the border in North Carolina.
As for Tennessee, residents already have a host of mobile sports betting options – so there’s no need for those residents to go to either Harrah’s casino in North Carolina solely for that reason (assuming there are technologically capable).