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.