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North Carolina

(Estimated population as of 2013 — 9,848,060)

Back in 2012, Governor Beverly Perdue approved a bill that allowed Harrah’s Cherokee Casino — which is currently playing host to the latest World Series of Poker Circuit stop — to offer Vegas-style card games including poker and blackjack. In exchange, the casino, which opened in 1997, had to send a percentage of revenues to the North Carolina education department.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, along with Cherokee Tribal Bingo, are the only two legal brick-and-mortar properties in the state, so there aren’t exactly a lot parties that could push for or against iGaming. However, one thing working in iGaming's favor is the fact that it’s not even mentioned in the state’s General Statutes. That means North Carolina doesn’t expressly prohibit games that aren’t mentioned, unlike some states such as the aforementioned New Mexico.

On the flip side, electronic sweepstakes machines were banned in the state back in 2010 and subsequently upheld by the North Carolina Supreme Court two years later.

“While one can question whether these systems meet the traditional definition of gambling, it is clear that the General Assembly considered these sweepstakes systems to be the functional equivalent of gambling thus presenting the same social evils as those it identified in traditional forms of gambling,” Justice Robin Hudson said in the decision.

Of course sweepstakes machines differ greatly from iGaming, but it does demonstrate the state’s conservative lean when it comes to gambling. Basically what it boils down to is that North Carolina has yet to seriously consider iGaming.