Sports betting licenses issued to Louisiana casinos
MONROE, Louisiana (AP) – Four Louisiana state-licensed casinos were able to launch sports betting at their sites on Sunday, after obtaining approval of their license applications from state gaming regulators.
Ronnie Johns, Chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board told the announcer licenses are for Harrah’s New Orleans, L’Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge, Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City and Boomtown Casino in Harvey. Betting could start on Sunday, although L’Auberge and Boomtown have planned to open their sports betting on Monday.
Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert placed the first bet on Sunday inside Harrah’s New Orleans, according to at Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate. Hebert placed a ceremonial bet on his former team to cover the 4.5-point gap against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“It’s an exciting day for the state,” Johns said Friday. “There was huge interest. We got calls every day for months asking us the timing.
Voters in 55 parishes legalized sports betting on live action games. Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville began offering sports betting at its tribal casino on October 6, but the Gaming Control Board took longer to clear the first state-regulated sports betting sites.
Johns said state police review of applications was briefly interrupted by Hurricane Ida because soldiers were deployed for response work. Johns said he would issue more licenses as soon as he got more state police approvals.
The first sports betting options will be at on-site sports betting sites in casinos and racetracks. Johns said it will likely be in early 2022 before casinos start offering mobile online betting options. The advertiser reports that this is the same timeframe expected for bars and restaurants to secure sports betting kiosks via Louisiana Lottery Corp.
Sports betting will be banned in the parishes of Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Jackson, LaSalle, Sabine, Union, West Carroll and Winn, where voters have rejected the expansion of the game. Technology will prevent residents inside these. parish borders to access mobile sports betting applications unless they visit a parish where voters have authorized betting.