Louisiana Sports Betting to Launch on Wednesday at Paragon Casino
Marksville’s Paragon Casino will become the first gambling establishment to offer legal Louisiana sports bets.
According to a press release from the casino on Tuesday, the casino’s sportsbook , run in partnership with Betfred Sports, will open and start taking sports bets beginning 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
Said Tunica-Biloxi Tribe chairman Marshall Pierite in a statement:
“As a native Louisianan and Chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, I am thrilled to help usher in sports betting to our state. This partnership with Betfred Sports promises continued success for Paragon as we continue our mission to provide a first-class gaming destination and vacation experience to our neighbors and guests coming to Central Louisiana.”
The Draft Room
The Las Vegas-style sportsbook is called “The Draft Room” which opened last April at the 13,000+ square foot area inside the property which used to house the casino’s buffet. At that time, it only operated as a sports-themed bar and restaurant with the retail Betfred sportsbook still subject to licensing and approval. But now that process is done with, it will start issuing betting tickets on Wednesday afternoon.
The venue has a sports-themed restaurant and bar, a state-of-the-art sports betting lounge with theater seating, betting counters, self-service kiosks, 112 TV sets, and three VIP “fan caves” for private gatherings.
First to Launch in Louisiana
Most Louisiana sports betting operators have yet to set their date of launch as their operations are still under review and for approval by the Louisiana State Police. Once that part is over with, they too can commence sports betting operations in the state.
Paragon Casino however, was given a separate approval to launch because it is located on tribal land. The 64,000 square foot gaming area is situated at 711 Paragon Place in Marksville, Louisiana. It has over 1,000 Las Vegas-style slot machines for gaming pleasure and 500 guest rooms for out-of-town guests.