Is Poker legal in North Carolina (nc)? Online Poker Laws in North Carolina Explained

North Carolina

North Carolina North Carolina

  • Sports Betting is allowed
  • Retail sports betting was approved in 2019.

  • Online Poker is forbidden
  • Live Poker is forbidden
  • Online Casino is forbidden

Can You Play Online Poker in North Carolina?

There is currently no legislation permitting online poker in the state.

Current North Carolina Gambling Laws

North Carolina has permitted a state lottery since 2006 and allows non-profit and charitable organizations to run bingo games and raffles. Horse racing and greyhound racing are prohibited. Ongoing battles continue between lawmakers and operators of “sweepstakes” parlors offering so-called skill-based gambling.

Casinos are allowed on Indian reservations only, and currently, just two operate, both in the western part of the state: Harrah’s Cherokee and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel. Though Harrah’s Cherokee opened in 1997, it wasn’t until 2012 that the compact was expanded to allow table games (including poker) with live dealers. Since 2013, Harrah’s Cherokee has been a popular World Series of Poker Circuit stop.

Most recently, North Carolina passed legislation allowing sports betting in the two Cherokee casinos. That followed earlier legislation allowing for certain types of charity-based, temporary "casinos" to operate on a limited basis elsewhere in the state.

North Carolina lawmakers considered a bill to legalize mobile wagering in 2022 but ultimately shot the proposal down. Lawmakers are expected to reconsider the issue in 2023.

Otherwise, there exists little momentum, however, for any bills related to online gambling to be entertained in the near future in the Tarheel State.

Best Online Poker Sites for North Carolina Players

None at present. But you can always play poker for free with the WSOP Social App.

Where is poker legal in the US? Which States can I play online poker in?

Choose a state to find out more about state legislation:

  • Regulation is currently under discussion
  • Regulation has been discussed but no recent movement
  • No legislation