Introduction to North Carolina Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
North Carolina slot machine casino gambling consists of two American Indian tribal casinos. Their video machines are legally required to be games of skill or dexterity.
Tribal-state gaming compacts in North Carolina have established minimum and maximum payout returns for their video gaming machines, but actual returns are not publicly reported.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in North Carolina*
The minimum legal gambling age in North Carolina depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 21
- Poker Rooms: 21
- Bingo: 18
- Lottery: 18
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: Not available
Video poker machines were once widespread in the state, but in 2000 state regulations were enacted which limited video poker machines to three per location as well as banning the installation of any new video gaming machines.
After nearly a half dozen attempts, the state legislature finally completely banned commercially-owned video poker machines and video gaming machines in 2007.
The state of North Carolina and the federally-recognized Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians negotiated a tribal-state compact in 1994. This gaming compact only allows for Class III video games which include an element of skill or dexterity.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws apply to various forms of gambling. This information is not intended to provide legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in North Carolina
It is legal to privately own a slot machine in the state of North Carolina if it is 25 years old or older.
Gaming Control Board in North Carolina
In part, because North Carolina has only tribal casinos and no commercial casinos, North Carolina does not have a state gaming commission.
Casinos in North Carolina
There are two American Indian tribal casinos in North Carolina. Both are in the Great Smoky Mountains in the western part of the state.
The largest casino in North Carolina is Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, having 3,280 gaming machines and 100 table games.
The second largest casino is Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel in Murphy, having 1,000 gaming machines and 70 table games.
List of Casinos in North Carolina
There are no non-tribal or commercial casinos in North Carolina.
List of Tribal Casinos in North Carolina
North Carolina has a single federally recognized American Indian tribe, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The tribe has built two casinos on its Qualla Boundary lands located in the Great Smoky Mountains.
The type of casino action found at these Indian casinos includes “skill or dexterity” based video slot machines. These tribal casinos offer a variety of table games.
While owned by the tribe, both casinos are operated by Harrah’s which, itself, is owned by Caesars Entertainment. The tribe operates a high-stakes bingo hall.
These two tribal casinos in North Carolina are:
- Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee found 50 miles west of Asheville.
- Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel in Murphy found 109 miles southwest of Asheville.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying North Carolina slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state.
North Carolina is bordered by:
- North: Virginia Slots
- East: Atlantic Ocean
- South: Georgia Slots and South Carolina Slots
- West: Tennessee Slots
Each of the links above will take you to my state-specific blog for that bordering state to North Carolina.
Payout Returns in North Carolina
Minimum and maximum payout returns exist for both tribal casinos in North Carolina. These limits were legally set through their tribal-state compact to be between 83% and 98%.
However, tribal casinos in North Carolina are not required to provide actual payout return statistics to the state and are, therefore, not publicly available.
Our North Carolina Slots Facebook Group
Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts in North Carolina? If so, join our new North Carolina slots community on Facebook. All you’ll need is a Facebook profile to freely join this closed Facebook Group.
There, you’ll be able to privately share your slots experiences as well as chat with players about slots gambling in or near North Carolina. Come join us!
Summary of North Carolina Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
North Carolina slot machine casino gambling consists of two tribal casinos in Murphy and Cherokee. While owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Caesars Entertainment operates both of them.
Tribal casinos in North Carolina provide payback return percentages between 83% to 98% but do not provide payback returns to the state. Further, North Carolina slot machines must be video games of skill or dexterity.
Annual Progress in North Carolina Slot Machine Casino Gambling
In the last year, there has been little to no change in the gaming industry within North Carolina.
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