Online sports betting has become an immensely popular past time for many Americans. Most of this popularity has come from the proliferation of online sports betting sites. These sites allow gamblers from across the country to place a bet on sporting events. There are even free bet sites that you can visit in order to place bets without the need to deposit money. These free bet sites offer many advantages to gamblers such as; free picks, free betting, and the ability to place bets while using a credit card. In North Carolina, one of the largest online sports betting sites is our beloved Atlantic City Sports Betting.
North Carolina is ready to move forward with House Bill 715, which would legalize sports gambling. This legislation has been referred to the state House Rules Committee and will be heard in the coming weeks. If it passes, House Bill 715 will make online sports betting legal in North Carolina.
How does it work? First, anyone over the age of 18 can place bets. They will be responsible for remembering one important detail – the total points that they bet. Each set will include an estimate of how much they are risking. The lower the total points, the less money they stand to lose. Winning bets are the same as placing any other bet – the higher the total points on the win, the more the bettor stands to gain.
How is this bill going to play out? House Bill 715 is likely to pass the Senate, but the ultimate fate of the legislation is doubtful. One reason could be that Senate President Phil Berger may try to attach several amendments to the bill. These amendments, if passed, could gut the legislation and force a complete rejection. It’s unlikely the Senate would go that route. The current bill appears headed for the Governor’s desk before the end of the fiscal year, which could prove difficult for any Governor to do without the support of his or her party.
Another problem could be that some members of the House, including Representatives Marsha Allen and Howardmet, could vote against the legislation based on personal feelings. Berger has previously said that he personally supports legalized gambling in the state, but hasn’t taken a position on the matter. Allen recently criticized Allen and said he was concerned with the “propaganda” tactics used by West Virginia State Police to publicize the bill. Howardmet said he believes the State Police should be able to present their case for legalization of sportsbooks during a hearing.
One member of the House who may vote against the bill is Representatives Tommy Bridges and Virgilio Garcia. Both have received strong support from major sportsbooks during their campaigns. However, they will be facing stiff opposition when it comes to passing the bill. An amendment proposal by Assemblyman Bridges that would eliminate the requirement that sportsbooks post information about sports betting odds to their websites was rejected by the House.
Many state legislators have received strong support from the National Organization for the Improvement of Wagering (NIAW) as well. NIAW represents most of the major North American sports betting establishments including Las Vegas Sands, Intercasino, Sportsbooks, and Internet Casinos. The Atlantic State Gaming Commission has also received support from NIAW. These groups have all opposed the bill.
Online gambling in the state of West Virginia is still a question mark, especially with the recent Las Vegas shooting incident. With the Las Vegas shooting occurring just a couple of days before the second deadline for application of the special gambling law in West Virginia, many officials and politicians are not yet sure if the new gambling law will pass. A final vote on the bill in the fall is possible, but no official timeline has been set.