Louisiana’s gambling regulatory body revealed on Tuesday that a total of 8 casinos have started accepting bets on live sports events.
According to Ronnie Johns, chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, things have been smooth sailing so far. Said Johns:
“All the reports I have gotten from across the state is that everything has gone out without a hitch.”
Seven Applications are Still Pending
The 8 casinos that allow legal sports betting are Boomtown Casino in Harvey, Boomtown Bossier City Casino, Harrah’s New Orleans, Horseshoe Bossier City, L’Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rogue, L’Auberge Lake Charles Casino Hotel, and the Margaritaville Resort Casino Bossier City.
A 9th sports betting shop is located at the Paragon Casino in Marksville, but since the casino is operated by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, it is not regulated by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.
Additionally, applications to operate sports betting from seven other casinos are still pending with the State Police and Gaming Board but are expected to be approved before the end of the year. Meanwhile, five casinos have yet to apply for a sports betting license but still have six weeks to submit their requirements.
Online Sports Betting is Still in the Works
Residents in 55 out of the 64 parishes in Louisiana voted last year to approve legal sports betting in their respective parishes. The state legislative rushed to pass the necessary laws while the board that oversees Louisiana gamblng immediately drafted the rules to get the application period started.
The processing of applications was slightly delayed by Hurricane Ida with the state focusing its efforts on disaster relief. But once everything was taken cared of, officials worked double time to get legal sports betting going. By late October, the first betting shops inside the casinos were up and running.
As far as online sports betting is concerned, Johns said that component is still being worked on. The financial and background check for the online sports betting providers will take time because these third party contractors don’t have any pre-existing relationship with the state regulators.