A North Carolina tribe would be permitted to offer sports betting at its local casinos.
US.- The North Carolina Senate has approved horse and sports wagering at two Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian casinos. The voted ended up 43-7 in favor of Senate Bill 154 and is now headed to the House for further review and a new vote.
If approved, the North Carolina tribe would be the first to offer sports betting in the state. Current laws establish that tribes can offer live poker, slot machines and video-style games on tribal lands.
The legislative piece headed to the state House would allow pro and college sports betting, as well as off-track betting. Senator Jim Davis, sponsor of the bill, said that this could bring US$14 million in additional annual tribal revenue and US$1 million for state coffers.
Furthermore, Eastern Band Principal Chief Richard Sneed revealed in an interview that sports betting would allow the tribe to expand its options and provide new amenities to patrons.