North Carolina has two operating Indian casinos and an Indian bingo hall. All three are owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina.
A new Indian casino resort at King's Mountain is under construction by the Catawba Indian Nation. The casino is named Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort and will open in the Spring 2021.
Minimum gambling ages are 21 years old for casinos, 21 for poker, All for bingo, 21 for sports betting, 18 for horse racing, 18 for the lottery.
Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort
I-85 Exit 5
Dixon School Road
Kings Mountain, NC
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
777 Casino Drive
Cherokee, NC 28719
Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Hotel & Casino
777 Casino Parkway
Murphy, NC 28906
Cherokee Tribal Bingo
Highway 19 North
Cherokee, NC 28719
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Casino gambling began in North Carolina 25 years ago with the opening of the first casino in 1997. Since then a timeline of expansion added two more casino. All three casinos are Indian gaming casinos regulated by the National Indian Gaming Commission.
1997 (Nov. 13, 1997)
Harrah's Cherokee Casino opened in Cherokee, NC
Harrah's Cherokee Casino was built on a 56-acre site at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park about 50 miles southwest of Asheville, NC. See Harrah's Cherokee Casino for gaming information.
2006 (March 30, 2006)
North Carolina Education Lottery opened first retail sales
2015 (Sept. 28, 2015)
Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino opened in Murphy
Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino was built on an 85-acre site in western North Carolina near U.S. 19/74. See Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino for gaming information.
2019 (July 26, 2019)
Sports wagering became legal on tribal lands
2021 (Jan. 22, 2021)
Gov. Roy Cooper signs gaming compact with Catawba Indian Nation
The state aurhotized the Catawba Nation to operate Vegas-style slot machines and table games (Class III gambling) at the new Two Kings Casino Resort planned for Kings Mountain, and the tribe agreed to share revenues with the state.
2021 (July 1, 2021)
Catawba Two Kings Casino opened temporary casino
The temporary casino is operating 24/7 during construction of the permanent Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort. See Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort for gaming information.
November 9, 2021
On the first day of Native American Heritage Month the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.2758 titled "Lumbee Recognition Act". The bill would grant full federal recognition to the tribe with federal benefits and services to its members.
As a recognized tribe, the Lumbee could someday apply to the U.S. Department of Interior for the right to operate a casino on its reservation in accordance with the U.S. Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
The House bill passed by a 357-59 vote and has been sent to the Senate for consideration.
August 27, 2021
The North Carolina Senate passed Bill 688 last week by a vote of 26-19. If passed by the House and signed by the governor, the legislation would authorize twelve more sports betting licenses including mobile betting and professional sports stadiums.
The Senate bill has now been sent it to the House, where it had a formal reading last week and was assigned to the House Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations. There has been no indication at this time how long it will be before the committee votes on the bill.
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