Mobile sports betting kicks off today in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WRAL) – A new law that legalizes sports gambling took effect last January and kicks off today.

After a multi-year effort, state lawmakers gave final approval in June to legislation legalizing mobile sports betting and certain in-person sportsbooks. Gov. Roy Cooper, a proponent of legalized sports betting, signed the bill into law in Charlotte.

The law charged the lottery commission with implementing the law, setting up rules and regulations around sports gambling, and picking a start date. The commission hired Sterl Carpenter, a gaming industry veteran, to oversee North Carolina’s sports betting division.

Supporters say gambling will provide an economic boost to the state, while opponents are concerned about people who get addicted to gambling and lose their life’s earnings.

The North Carolina State Lottery Commission voted Wednesday to allow operators to take mobile sports bets on March 11 at noon, according to WRAL.

North Carolina bettors could establish and fund accounts through approved operators on March 1.

The start date is two days after No. 12 Duke and No. 3 North Carolina meet in their regular-season finale. The ACC men’s basketball tournament begins March 12 in Washington, D.C.

Horse racing and in-person betting will not be available today.

The list of licensed operators will be posted at ncgaming.gov.

The commission had until June 15 to launch mobile sports betting under state law. It previously announced that mobile sports betting would not begin on Jan. 8, the first day allowable under law, or by the Feb. 11 Super Bowl.

North Carolina becomes the 38th state in the country to legalize sports gambling and the 13th to allow for mobile gaming, according to CNN.

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