While several states are considering online gambling legislation to complement their live casino offerings, North Carolina is seemingly a step behind with their latest proposal that would allow live poker and blackjack in the state’s only casino.
A bill introduced by lawmakers this week proposes to allow the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to provide live poker and blackjack, with a share of all profits going to state coffers to benefit education. An agreement of 30 years would commence with 4 percent of the new revenue earmarked for the state to eventually be increased to 8 percent. Tar Heel State Gov. Beverly Perdue brokered a compact with the Cherokee tribe last November that set the tone for this latest piece of gambling legislation.
Currently, the casino offers only video poker, as the state has strict laws against live poker and is of the view that poker is a game of chance. The proposal won approval from the Senate by a 33-14 vote and now moves to a vote before the House, which, like the Senate, is Republican-controlled. However, there may be some opposition from liberal Democrats and social conservatives in the House.