The bill that would allow Carolina Hurricanes supporters to legally place wagers on professional, college, amateur, and esports/gaming contests is inching closer to the finish line. Should the bill successfully clear the remaining hurdles, guests will have the opportunity to place bets online or visit a betting window inside their home arena. This guide will go over how to bet on the Carolina Hurricanes so NC bettors are ready once sportsbooks officially launch.
Team Odds At The Best Sportsbooks
Where Can You Bet On The Carolina Hurricanes?
Mobile sports betting is not yet available in North Carolina, but momentum is moving in that direction. A favorable timeline could make sports gambling legal at some point in 2023. The launch of online, mobile, and retail sportsbooks in the state would likely follow soon thereafter.
Online Sportsbooks In North Carolina
The North Carolina Lottery Commission would issue up to 12 licenses to companies offering sports betting, so the eventual availability of online options is a reasonable expectation.
It’s common for sportsbooks to offer introductory promotions for those making their initial venture into sports gambling. For instance, PointsBet offers new users who use the promo code “BIGBONUS” risk-free bets worth up to $2,000. That means PointsBet will refund the wager up to $2,000 if you lose the first real-money qualifying wager you place. Bettors should expect the refund to come in the form of site credit or a free bet.
North Carolina Retail Sportsbooks
North Carolina sports venues hosting sportsbooks will be a reality if the bill passes. PNC Arena, the home of the Carolina Hurricanes, would meet the requirement of a 17,000 seat capacity.
Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium and Spectrum Center are two other prominent venues in the state that could potentially host a sportsbook.
How Are NHL Betting Odds Calculated
The most popular odds in the US are referred to as “moneyline” odds in which the number is accompanied by a minus (-) sign to indicate the favorite or a plus (+) sign to indicate the underdog.
For instance, in a game in which the Carolina Hurricanes are favored to win, their moneyline odds may be -120. In this case, a bettor will be required to put up $120 for the chance to net $100 in the event of a Hurricanes victory.
If the Hurricanes are the underdog in a particular matchup, their odds may be +120. In this scenario, a bettor would put up $100 for the opportunity to net $120 for a Hurricanes victory.
Sportsbooks set the opening lines, relying on a variety of factors to arrive at a particular number. Most commonly, odds are adjusted in relation to the money being bet on a particular side so the books can balance their risk. However, there are instances – such as an injury to a prominent player – where a significant line movement is warranted.
What Kinds Of Bets Can Be Placed On The Carolina Hurricanes
Moneyline wagers may be the most popular, but Carolina Hurricanes fans can gamble on a number of different types of bets.
A bettor can wager on the total score of a game finishing Over or Under the set total. If a particular game has an Over/Under of 5.5, a fan betting on the Over will want to see the two teams combine for six goals.
In hockey, the “puck line” spread is standard at +/-1.5. If the Hurricanes are favored in a particular matchup, they will be -1.5 on the puck line, and thus, will need to win by two or more goals to cover the spread and result in a winning bet.
Bettors can find point spreads outside of the standard Puck Line. The numbers will be different, but the concept is the same. If the Hurricanes enter their matchup at -2.5, they will need to beat their opponent by three or more goals. Larger point spreads are less likely to be covered by the favorite, so these bets carry more risk but offer more potential rewards.
Regulation Time Bet
In a Regulation Time bet (also referred to as a three-way wager), the line is set at -0.5 or +0.5 and only accounts for what occurs in the 60 minutes of regulation time. The favorite must win in regulation in order for the bet to payout. Conversely, the underdog can either win outright or end regulation tied in order to turn a bet to cash.
In a parlay, a bettor will choose multiple bets and each will need to hit in order for the parlay to pay off. The potential winnings from a parlay are greater because the risk increases as more bets are added to the ticket.
Bettors who want to wager on an entire night of NHL action can bet on the total combined Over/Under of all the games.
First Period Betting
As the name suggests, a First Period bet only scores the first 20 minutes of an NHL game. Similar to a Regulation Time bet, the spread is set at -0.5/+0.5, but these bets can also be available as a moneyline.
What is an NHL Futures Bet?
Different from an individual game, a futures bet commonly focuses on the odds of a team winning a championship or a player winning an award, i.e. the Hurricanes’ Stanley Cup title odds are +1400 at PointsBet while the same book lists center Sebastian Aho at +1600 to win the Hart Memorial Trophy. Futures odds are set following the conclusion of the previous season. These odds will fluctuate throughout the offseason and season based on a number of factors.
How To Place Prop Bets On The Hurricanes
A prop bet is a wager placed on the occurrence of a particular event that doesn’t necessarily affect the outcome of a game. It can be tied to an individual player (i.e. an Over/Under on the number of shots a goalie will save) or it can be team-focused (i.e., which team will score first). There is a wide variety of prop bets from which bettors can choose.
A good place to start for player props is the FanDuel Sportsbook or DraftKings Sportsbook apps. Individual game prop offerings will be more plentiful during bigger and one-off events such as the NHL All-Star game.
How To Bet On The Hurricanes In North Carolina
Mobile betting is not currently available in North Carolina, but it’s worth discussing the steps nonetheless.
- The first step is to choose a sportsbook and download the app. Both Android and iPhone users will be able to find their app of choice in their respective app stores.
- Once an app is downloaded, the user will be required to register. Keep in mind that some books may require prospective bettors to register in person at a retail location.
- Once registered, money needs to be deposited into your account. Most books offer a variety of deposit methods, including PayPal, online bank transfer, and other electronic transfers.
- Finally, it’s time to browse the app for your desired bet and place a wager.
How To Bet On The Stanley Cup In North Carolina
If – perhaps when – sports gambling becomes legal in North Carolina, hockey fans will be able to place futures bets on teams to win the Stanley Cup Finals.
Carolina Hurricanes Casino/Sportsbook Partnerships
The Carolina Hurricanes do not have a partnership with a casino or sportsbook at this time. The NHL has league-wide casino/sportsbook partnerships with MGM, FanDuel, and Caesars Sportsbook. Meanwhile, the Vegas Golden Knights (Caesars) and New Jersey Devils (Caesars and FanDuel) have partnerships on the team level.
North Carolina Sports Betting FAQs
Yes. In the event the final bill passes, North Carolina law will allow fans to place bets on professional, college, amateur (i.e. Olympics), and esports/gaming.
Since the capacity of PNC Arena is over 19,000 meets the minimum requirement for a venue to host a sportsbook on-site, the closest sportsbook to the arena may actually be in the arena.
No. The Carolina Hurricanes do not currently have a partnership with a sportsbook.
No. While DraftKings’ DFS offerings are available in North Carolina, prospective bettors cannot place wagers through DraftKings Sportsbook.
No. Fantasy players can enjoy FanDuel’s DFS platform, but until sports gambling is officially legalized in the state, North Carolinians will not be able to use FanDuel Sportsbook as a means to bet on games.
Yes. Bettors in eligible states can place a wager on the Carolina Hurricanes’ futures odds as well as individual player props.