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The NFL’s 2022 regular season has begun, and its official September 8 start date has served as a hard deadline for many sportsbooks to launch, and in North Carolina, the Catawba Nation snuck in just under the wire as they opened up their latest sports betting venue.
This new sportsbook is located inside the Catawba Two Kings Casino in Kings Mountain, and it will give resident gamblers a 24-hour-a-day chance to place bets on their favorite NFL teams and players as well as other pro sports (MLB, NBA, NHL) and college NCAA sports action.
When bettors show up to place their wagers at Two Kings they can expect short or no lines because there are now thirty betting kiosks where they can place bets and receive payouts via betting voucher redemption services, a fun way to heighten the action of any game.
Catawba Two Kings is situated along Interstate 85 near the South Carolina border, and it joins the state’s two other gambling venues, both at casinos operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee and Murphy.
Currently, in North Carolina, sports betting is legal but only in person.
North Carolinian gamblers no doubt appreciate having the ability to place their sports wagers legally ever since 2019 when state legislators voted to give the federally recognized native tribes there the choice to offer sports betting at their casinos, a retail option only.
What the other thirty-plus states who also have legal sports betting now have come to realize is that as lucrative as a retail sports betting market is, the mobile option is even more so and the majority of bets placed in those other markets are done online due to the convenience.
In North Carolina, a legal mobile sports betting market is complicated since the tribes regulate the gambling market there and they would want to also have the online option under their control and that becomes tougher with bettors using mobile apps.
Anything is possible, of course, including geo-fencing those sportsbooks and legislating where the computer servers are located, but that takes a lot of cooperation and compromise between state legislators and tribal leaders and so far that has proven to be an elusive goal.
But next year that legislative process should begin again.
No doubt North Carolina lawmakers are watching their neighbors Tennessee and Virginia closely as those states have moved forward with mobile sports betting market and Old North State bettors are also aware of those online sportsbooks and are making the trip to use them.
Anyone who lives near those state borders can make a quick drive, place their legal FNL and NCAAFB bets and be back home again in time to watch the game, and all that money they just spent goes straight out of the state, lost revenue that lawmakers can redirect back home.
All it takes is a legal mobile market for Tar Heel gamblers and in 2023 those legislators are expected to hammer out some type of bill that works well with their native population while giving local bettors an ease of use that they will no doubt appreciate.
Keep checking back for all the latest news and updates on this ongoing story.
Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]More info on Mike Lukas
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