Starting on Sunday, October 31st, people can place sports betting wagers in Louisiana. The state’s gaming control board issued licenses to four casinos — Harrah’s in New Orleans, Horseshoe in Bossier City, L’Auberge in Baton Rouge, and Boomtown in Harvey.
Sports betting was legalized after it was approved by voters in 55 out of the 64 parishes in Louisiana. After that, the process of reviewing casino applications started, and the day finally arrived, making Louisiana the latest state to officially legalize sports betting.
The Caesars’ Sportsbook inside Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans was the first one to welcome bettors. The sportsbook opened at 7 am, just in time for the Saints and Buccaneers game. The Horseshoe casino also opened on Sunday.
The L’Auberge casino is expected to open on Monday, November 1st, and the Boomtown will welcome bettors on Tuesday, November 2nd.
According to Ronnie Johns, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board chairman, mobile betting is still a few months away.
That’s due to the state still reviewing applications and making sure the app’s geofencing works — in order to prevent betting by people from parishes that voted against betting.
While the four casinos are the first ones to offer sports betting on public lands, the Paragon Casino Resort started offering sports betting on October 6th. That’s because it’s owned by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe, which is not regulated by the state.
Louisiana had the sixth-highest gambling revenue in 2020, with $1.66 billion. While other states legalized sports betting earlier this year, the Bayou State is undoubtedly set to fight for the top spots.