A Vote on the Slidell Casino is Taking Place in December

Camellia Bay With Louisiana State Seal Gray Background

Louisiana is still home to one of the largest casino industries in the Southern United States. It seems this state’s casino industry is set to expand, too. New reports have just surfaced claiming that a vote on the proposed Slidell casino will be taking place next month.

Many are excited to see this property get approved. Some anti-gambling groups in the state are pushing against these plans, though. Now is a great time to talk about what needs to happen for this venue to open its doors.

Let’s get into it!

The Vote on the Slidell Casino is Taking Place on December 11

Louisiana’s history of gambling regulation goes back decades. For a time, this state had one of the largest casino industries in the country. Many popular casinos still remain here, most of which draw in tourism from nearby states with stricter gambling laws set in place.

A push to allow casino gambling in Louisiana’s St. Tammany Parish has been taking place for years. This area of the state is one that currently does not allow traditional forms of gambling. It appears this could soon change, though.

Several groups have been working to open a proposed $325 million casino in Sidell, located in St. Tammany Parish. In order for this to happen, residents in the parish would need to approve a referendum allowing casinos. The vote to allow the proposed Sidell casino has just been confirmed to take place on December 11.

The Louisiana Supreme Court needed to clear the way for this vote to take place. Several anti-gambling groups have been working hard to keep this possible referendum from ever reaching the ballots. They were unsuccessful and an official decision on allowing this property will be taking place next month.

Louisiana’s gambling industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Let’s take a quick look at some of the new sports betting options coming to this state.

More Sports Betting Options are Set to Launch in Louisiana Soon

The state of Louisiana is known for having one of the largest and most passionate sports fans in the United States. It’s here that popular sports teams such as the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans are located. Immediately after PASPA’s removal in 2018, residents here called for sports betting to be made legal.

Finally, in late 2020, a measure to legalize sports betting was approved. It took many months for any sportsbooks to formally launch here. In fact, the first regulated sportsbooks in Louisiana did not launch until only a few weeks ago. Eight casinos in the state now have regulated retail sportsbooks up and running.

Soon, the state’s first online sportsbooks will go live. The goal is for these mobile wagering platforms to finally go live in January. The measure approved by Governor Edwards allows for up to 41 online sportsbooks to launch in the state.

There is reason to believe that sports betting revenue will continue to surge in this state. Louisiana reported huge earnings from this industry in the first few weeks since launching. Online sports betting here will likely help to set new revenue records.

It will be interesting to see how the vote on the Slidell casino plays out. It seems likely that this property will be given permission to launch a sportsbook if it’s approved. Stay tuned for updates on the opening of this venue as the months go on.

More Southern States Look to Expand Their Gaming Industries

The Southern US is known as a largely anti-gambling region of the United States. Many of the states in this area have some of the strictest gambling laws in the country. Things appear to be changing, however, and many of the states here seem to be embracing gambling.

Louisiana and Mississippi are known as two of the most gambling-friendly states in the country. Both have legalized sports betting recently. They are also working to expand their casino industries, too.

Some feel that it’s only a matter of time before Texas legalizes sports betting. Several prominent politicians in the state now support the push to get regulated sportsbooks up and running. A group of major casino companies, including Las Vegas Sands, supports the legalization of casinos here.

Georgia may even choose to embrace sports betting soon. A growing number of politicians here are working hard to allow sports gambling in this state. In time, nearly every state in the country will likely have at least some form of legal sports betting set in place.

Are you excited to hear about the vote on the Sidell casino? Do you expect St. Tammany to legalize sports betting? Let us know in the comments section below.

Officials Weigh the Pros and Cons of a St. Tammany Casino

Louisiana State Seal With Casino Background

Louisiana’s lawmakers continue working to expand the state’s gambling industry. Recently, a push to open more casinos around the state has been taking place. Officials are now beginning to weigh the pros and cons of a St. Tammany casino opening its doors.

A lot has been happening in Louisiana’s gaming industry lately. More gambling options are set to become available here in the near future.

Here’s what you need to know about another proposed casino here.

Analysts Predict St. Tammany Casino Will Have a Positive Impact

The state of Louisiana is home to a huge number of popular casinos. Many of these are located in the Baton Rouge area. Orleans also plays host to some of the most popular gaming venues currently operating in the state.

Not long ago, officials began presenting plans to open a new casino in St. Tammany. The proposed casino-resort, called Camelia Bay, has been under intense scrutiny lately. Experts wanted to know how the opening of this venue would affect the area in the future.

New reports have surfaced claiming that the St. Tammany casino would likely have a positive impact on both the city of Slidell and St. Tammany parish as a whole. Suzanne Leckert, author of this study, offered some insight into the findings to the media this week. She claims that those fearing negative impact of this venue do not need to be concerned.

“Through the research we see moderately positive impacts from similar developments across the country all the way down to just no impact, but we have not been able to uncover the negative impacts that many communities have feared,” Leckert said. 

Voters in St. Tammany will vote on whether or not to allow this property on December 11. We’ll be sure to offer updates on this possible property over the next few months.

Louisiana’s Statewide Sports Betting Options Could Launch Next Week

2021 is slowly coming to an end and several states around the country have been working to finally get their sports betting industries launched. That includes Louisiana. Voters here approved a measure to legalize sports gambling in late 2020, yet only a few sportsbooks have gone live here.

Fortunately, it appears that statewide sports betting could finally go live here next week. Officials are looking at a November 1 launch date for this industry. It’s extremely exciting news for millions of sports fans in the state.

The laws passed here in 2020 allow for online sportsbooks to go live here. The current plan is only for land-based sportsbooks to launch here. The state’s first internet sportsbooks are expected to finally launch within the next few months.

Several major sports betting companies have already earned licenses to operate here. That includes Caesars Entertainment. Many experts believe that Louisiana has the potential to grow into one of the most successful sports gambling hubs in the country.

The casinos currently operating in Louisiana have been hugely successful throughout most of 2021. Not long ago, reports on the state’s casino revenue over September were released. Here’s a look at how much money was brought in.

Breaking Down Louisiana’s Latest Casino Revenue Figures

Louisiana is known for having one of the most successful gambling industries in the United States. Casinos have been allowed to operate here for many years. Throughout most of 2020, these properties struggled to generate any real money due to shutdowns and travel restrictions.

Things have been much different in 2021. The casinos here have been reporting consistent increases in revenue over the past ten months. This was once again the case in September, where the casinos here managed to bring in $159.7 million in total GGR.

This represents a staggering 21.4% increase when compared to September of 2021. L’Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge proved to be the most successful property in the state. Over September, this casino managed to bring in $13.3 million in total revenue.

It’s clear that Louisiana’s casino industry continues to thrive. It seems that sports betting options are set to become available here soon. Several new casinos are expected to go live here in the near future, as well.

Are you excited to hear about a St. Tammany casino open its doors? Will this casino be successful? Let us know in the comments section below.