North Carolina

Little / None

The statute of the State of North Carolina makes clear that any form of gambling not specifically authorized by law is a Class II Misdemeanor.

Penalties for Class II Misdemeanors may consist of 1-30 days in jail for someone with no prior convictions as well as fines of up to $1,000. 

Theoretically, any monies used in any form of unauthorized gambling may also be seized by the state.

There was a major bust of unauthorized machines in the state earlier this year during which 115 businesses were raided leading to the forfeiture of over 300 illegal machines and the seizure of over one million dollars in cash.

The report above cited that the machines were illegal and could contribute to the addiction of people living in or around those areas and playing at the machines. 

There was a similar raid of five businesses late last year that led to the arrest of eight individuals, among whom was a county commissioner.

In addition to the arrests, over 200 illegal machines were seized. According to the article, three of the businesses had previously been cited and were given a warning, and after discontinuing the unauthorized gambling operations for a time, apparently got right back to it.

Finally, a raid of illegal machines of 200 businesses in 2014 contributed up to 20 million dollars in seized monies.

One can presume that North Carolina is so keen on busting up these operations because State Law provides that any monies seized in such endeavors shall go to the State.  

Of course, as with other states, we can find no evidence of mere players ever being arrested for online gambling, or, in fact, gambling of any other kind.

Since this article focuses on the players, we acknowledge that the potential penalties that could theoretically befall individuals arrested with unlawful gambling exist, but are actually lighter than in most other states that provide for penalties. Furthermore, we could turn up no evidence that would indicate that any such laws or penalties have ever actually been enforced. The result is that we will conclude that North Carolina has, ‘Little/None,’ in terms of player restrictions:

FINAL RANKING: Little/None-3

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