There is a new player in the Louisiana sports betting market. Earlier this week, the first bets were officially accepted by the Rez Sportsbook at the Coushatta Casino Resort. Coushatta Chairman Jonathon Cernek used a tomahawk to cut the opening ribbon on December 1st. Super Bowl Champions Rickey Jackson, Owen Daniels, and Drew Pearson were in attendance for the event and placed some of the first bets after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The former NFL players placed wagers in the name of their favorite charities. Afterward, they stayed to sign autographs for fans that attended the grand opening event. The Rez becomes the third legal sportsbook operating in southwest Louisiana.
Sports Betting at the Coushatta Casino Resort
Bettors at the Coushatta Casino Resort will have a chance at winning real money betting on all major professional and collegiate sports at the Rez. Bets are accepted between 9 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Players can access place bets at the staffed cage windows, or any one of the 18 self-service kiosks located onsite. Guests can also enjoy a variety of cocktails and traditional bar foods from The Rez’s Cajun-inspired menu.
Louisiana currently does not allow online sports betting, but architects of the sportsbooks have gone out of their way to make sure bettors will feel right at home. The Rez is located near the southern entrance to the casino and replaces the former Gumbeaux’s Oyster & Sports Bar. Guests can watch their bets play out on any of the 40 TVs throughout The Rez.
Louisiana’s Sports Betting History
Louisiana’s first legal commercial and retail sportsbooks opened in October of this year. Since then, the number of legal sportsbooks has grown to nearly 10, with more applications still pending. The potential for online and mobile sports betting options offers an even greater platform for the industry to grow in the future.
The next challenge for Louisiana lawmakers is getting online sports betting up and running. Ronnie Jones, chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, has stated that the plan is to have online sportsbooks launched by the end of the year.
Louisiana has quickly and efficiently started to build its sports betting industry. In the past year, lawmakers have worked tirelessly to put legislation in place to clear the way for the state’s first legal sportsbooks. On Wednesday, The Rez Sportsbook at Coushatta Casino Resort became the latest bookmaker to begin operations in the state.
Guests at the Coushatta Casino Resort can now indulge in sports betting by wagering on all major college and professional sports. In addition to placing bets at the staffed caged windows, players can also use any of the 18 self-service kiosks at the venue. The 40 TVs located throughout The Rez offer bettors the ability to watch sporting events live after betting on them.
The construction of Louisiana’s sports betting industry is far from complete. There are several more casinos waiting for the applications to be approved. Officials are also hoping to launch online sports betting by the end of the year. Future plans also look to allow sports betting kiosks in bars and restaurants throughout the state.