Introduction to North Carolina Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020
North Carolina slot machine casino gambling consists of two tribal casinos in the Great Smoky Mountains in the western tip of the state.
Tribal-state gaming compacts in North Carolina have established theoretical minimum and maximum payout for their video gaming machines while return statistics are not publicly available.
This post continues my weekly State-By-State Slot Machine Casino Gambling Series, an online resource dedicated to guiding slot machine casino gambler to success. Now in its third year, each weekly post reviews slots gambling in a single U.S. state, territory, or federal district.
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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 2000’s state regulations limited video poker machines to three per site and banned the installation of new video gaming machines.
In 2007, after nearly a half dozen attempts, the state legislature fully banned commercially-owned video poker machines and video gaming machines.
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.
Although owned by the tribe, operation of both casinos is by Harrah’s which, itself, is a brand for Caesars Entertainment. The tribe owns and operates a high-stakes bingo hall.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws might apply to various forms of gaming. It is not legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in North Carolina
It is legal to own a slot machine privately in the state of North Carolina if it is 25 years old or older.
Gaming Control Board in North Carolina
Because North Carolina has no commercial casinos or other types of commercial gaming, the state does not have a gaming commission or control board.
Casinos in North Carolina
There are two American Indian tribal casinos in North Carolina. These two casinos 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 with 3,280 gaming machines.
The second-largest, and only other casino in North Carolina, is Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel with 1,000 gaming machines.
Commercial Casinos in North Carolina
There are no commercial casinos in North Carolina.
Tribal Casinos in North Carolina
The two tribal casinos in North Carolina are:
- Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Whittier 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. Bordering North Carolina is:
- North: Virginia Slots
- East: The Atlantic Ocean
- South: Georgia Slots and South Carolina Slots
- West: Tennessee Slots
Each of the links above will take you to my blog for that neighboring U.S. state to North Carolina.
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 join this closed Facebook Group freely.
There, you’ll be able to privately share your slots experiences as well as chat with players about slots gambling in North Carolina. Join us!
Payout Returns in North Carolina
The theoretical minimum and maximum payouts set by the tribal-state gaming compact is 83% and 98%.
The tribal casinos in North Carolina, per the same compact, are not required to provide publicly available return statistics.
Summary of North Carolina Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020
North Carolina slot machine casino gambling consists of two tribal casinos in the western tip of the state. While owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Caesars Entertainment operates both tribal casinos.
Further, both tribal casinos have theoretical payout limits of 83% and 98% but do not offer return statistics. Finally, North Carolina’s 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 no change in the slots gaming industry in North Carolina, excepting disruptions due to our ongoing national crisis.
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