Louisiana Gaming Control Board Approves Five More Sports Betting Licenses

State Of Louisiana Seal And Paragon Casino Sports Betting
Casinos in Acadiana and Shreveport were among the five gambling places awarded with a license to operate legal Louisiana sports betting on Thursday.

According to Louisiana Gaming Control Board chairman Ronnie Johns, he signed off the sports betting licenses for Sam’s Town in Shreveport, Treasure Chest in Kenner, Amelia Belle in Amelia, Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, and Delta Downs in Vinton.

13 Sports Betting Licenses Issued so Far

The approval of the sports betting application of the five Boyd Gaming properties mentioned earlier brings the total number of sports betting licenses in the state to 13.

Previously, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board signed issued sports betting licenses to the Horseshoe in Shreveport, Margaritaville and Boomtown in Bossier City, Harrah’s New Orleans, L’Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge, Boomtown Casino in Harvey and Golden Nugget and L’Auberge Casino in Lake Charles.

Louisiana has a 14th property that currently operates sports betting in the Paragon Casino in Marksville. But the casino is operated by the Tunica-Biloxi tribe in the state and is located on Tribal land which makes it outside the jurisdiction of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

Sports Betting Legal in 55 of 64 Louisiana Parishes

Last fall, voters from 55 out of Louisiana’s 64 parishes approved legal sports betting in their respective jurisdictions in a ballot referendum. Lawmakers then used the spring 2021 legislative session to set up the framework to regulate and tax sports betting in the state. In June, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the sports betting bill into a law, paving the way for residents to start placing sports wagers.

Currently, Louisiana sports betting is limited to one-site sportsbooks or betting shops. According to the LGCB, they hope that everything will be in place at least on January 2022 for casinos to start operating legal Louisiana mobile sports betting.

The nine parishes that will not have legal Louisiana sports betting are Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Jackson, LaSalle, Sabine, Union, West Carroll and Winn. Voters from these nine states rejected the sports betting measure included in the ballot in the last elections.