A new bill is being considered in North Carolina that would legalise sports betting on tribal land.
Senator Jim Davies sponsored the bill which would allow tribal gaming facilities to offer sports bets. Also included are gaming machines, live-table games, raffles and video games. However, as of yet, there is no mention of mobile or online gambling.
The bill has been written in accordance with the Indian Gaming Regulation Act. The state would need to agree on a Tribal-State Gaming Compact with tribes that wish to offer gambling services before they can start.
All money paid by tribes would be paid to the Indian Gaming Education Review Fund. This would be set up should the bill pass. However, it makes no mention of taxation of licencing fees.
The only tribe that is legally entitled to offer gambling services in North Carolina at the moment is the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. They operate the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort on the Qualla Boundary and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel in Murphy.
Neighbouring Virginia also took a large step towards legalising gambling passing a bill last week through the states Senate and House.
It looks like sports betting could be slowly starting to take off in the US.
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