North Carolina (NC) is not a gambling-friendly state, with its first anti-gambling laws dating back to 1749, 27 years before the Declaration of Independence. The state’s only federally recognized tribe, the independent and sovereign Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, operates two different gaming facilities on their land in the Smoky Mountains in the western part of the state.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort offers 150,000 square feet of gaming space, including slot machines and video poker, and the table games blackjack, roulette, craps, Let It Ride, and 3-card poker. There is also a 1,108-room hotel, 11 restaurants, and a 3,000-seat event center that hosts concerts and shows.
Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel includes 60,000 square feet of gaming space featuring more than 1,000 slot machines and the table games blackjack, roulette, craps, 3-card poker, and Mississippi Stud. The hotel has 300 rooms, and there is a food court with five dining options.
The only laws on the books regarding online casinos prevent their operations from being located inside the state’s borders. Online casinos located elsewhere are legal to play, as long as you are at least 21 years old– the same age required for the two brick-and-mortar casinos.