North Carolina sports betting voluntary exclusion program approved

The North Carolina Lottery Commission today approved several necessary regulatory items
North Carolina sports betting update

Credit: XL Media

Credit: XL Media

North Carolina sports betting update

In less than three weeks, North Carolina online sports betting will launch, though its regulators still have several steps to take before it can become a reality.

North Carolina Lottery Commission Chair Ripley Rand noted that commission is making the necessary progress to ensure a smooth online sports betting launch in the Tar Heel State on Monday, March 11.

“We are continuing to make significant strides to putting all the pieces together,” Rand said.

NC sports betting voluntary exclusion program unanimously approved

Wednesday’s North Carolina Lottery Commission meeting saw regulators approve the state’s voluntary exclusion program and tribal gaming enterprise agreement. Both measures were approved unanimously and are required pieces for the state to launch sports betting on March 11.

Sterl Carpenter, deputy executive director of gaming compliance and sports betting, presented the voluntary exclusion program details to the commissioners, noting that it’s a required piece of responsible gaming for the state.

The program will allow North Carolina residents to voluntary sign up to be excluded from betting on sports in the state for a period of one, three, or five years. Additionally, residents can also choose a lifetime ban from sports betting.

It’s part of the state’s responsible gaming program that also requires licensed sports betting operators to offer customers deposit limits, betting limits, opt-outs for sports betting advertisements, time outs, and other tools to curb potential problem gaming.

The commissioner also unanimously adopted the state’s tribal gaming enterprise agreement, which will allow Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise Cherokee and the Catawba Two Kings Casino to offer sports betting in North Carolina.

Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise Cherokee will partner with Caesars Entertainment for its sports betting program. The Catawba Two Kings Casino has yet to announce a partner.

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NC provisional sports betting supplier licenses approved

While no sports betting operator licenses have yet to be approved in the state, Carpenter revealed today that 14 provisional sports betting supplier licenses have been approved.

Supplier license holders do not accept bets, but provide integrity services, content, and data in the state. The licenses are valid for 180 days.

The following companies have been awarded North Carolina sports betting supplier licenses:

  • SportContentCo, LLC
  • SIS Content Services, Inc.
  • Swish Analytics North Carolina, Inc.
  • Idology, Inc.
  • LexisNexis Risk Solutions FL, Inc.
  • International Betting Integrity Association

The seven other companies awarded provisional supplier licenses have yet to be announced.

While no sports betting operator licenses have been awarded, Carpenter said today that the licensing process is “going well” and nine operators should receive their licenses in time for the launch.

The applicants and their market access partners are as follows:

  • bet365 NC: Charlotte Hornets
  • BetMGM NC: Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Catawba Two Kings Casino: No partner announced
  • DraftKings NC: NASCAR
  • Fanatics Betting and Gaming: Carolina Hurricanes
  • FanDuel NC: PGA Tour
  • PENN Sports Interactive (ESPN BET NC): Quail Hollow Club (PGA Tour course)
  • Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise Cherokee: Caesars Sportsbook NC
  • Underdog Sports: McConnell Golf

The Catawba Two Kings Casino will likely not be ready to launch during the March 11 start date.