About the Author

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes has written three books about sports. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He enjoys writing, running, and lemon bars. He lives near Lake Michigan with his daughters and usually has an orange cream soda nearby.

Riverboat Casino in Bossier City to be Sold, Relocated to Land

December 28, 2022 | By: Dan Holmes

Changes are coming in Louisiana for a shuttered riverboat casino, as DiamondJacks Bossier City will be sold to Foundation Gaming and undergo a reported $200 million renovation. A re-opening is planned for 2024. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board has given the green light to the sale for an undisclosed sum. LGCB Chairman Ronnie Johns revealed […]

Mattress Mack Places $1 Million Bet on Houston to Win NCAA Hoops Title

December 15, 2022 | By: Dan Holmes

Toting stacks of hundred dollar bills, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale placed the first bet at the new Caesars sportsbook at Horseshoe Lake Charles Hotel & Casino. The publicity-seeking furniture store owner placed $1 million on the University of Houston Cougars to win the men’s NCAA Basketball tournament next March. This is the latest in a […]

PointsBet Launching in Louisiana

September 7, 2022 | By: Dan Holmes

PointsBet will launch its originative sportsbook in Louisiana on Sept. 8, according to sources at Louisiana Sharp. Available in 11 other states, PointsBet is unusual in that it affords bettors the chance to win more the more correct they are. Louisiana Sharp has an exclusive PointsBet Louisiana offer: two risk-free bets up to $2,000 when […]

Isle of Capri to Re-Open as Land-Based Horseshoe Lake Charles This Winter

August 29, 2022 | By: Dan Holmes

More than two years after it closed due to the punishing waters of Hurricane Laura, the Isle of Capri riverboat casino will return as the Horseshoe Lake Charles this winter. Last week, Caesars Entertainment revealed that it would open the Horseshoe Lake Charles, branding it in line with other casino/resorts the company operates in other […]

Harrah’s New Orleans To Open Caesars Retail Sportsbook

July 14, 2022 | By: Dan Holmes

A $325 million renovation of Harrah’s New Orleans Casino & Hotel will include a Caesars Sportsbook and World Series of Poker Room. The sportsbook and poker room will be open this fall, according to a press release from Harrah’s and Caesar’s earlier this week. The large retail sportsbook inside the Caesars-operated Harrah’s will offer a […]

Louisiana Sports Betting Operators Set National Record In May

June 21, 2022 | By: Dan Holmes

Louisiana sports betting operators reported a 15% win rate in May, setting a national record for any state since PASPA was repealed in 2018. The state also became the 17th in the nation to surpass $1 billion in sports betting handle since launching its legal sports betting market in October 2021. Win rate represents the […]

Louisiana Gaming Revenue Topped $2.3 Billion In 2021

May 17, 2022 | By: Dan Holmes

Though the state didn’t launch legal sports betting until the fourth quarter, Louisiana had a successful year in regards to gaming in 2021. The state reported casino gaming revenue of $2.38 billion, a whopping figure that represents a 43.5% increase over the previous year, according to a study by the American Gaming Association. In their […]

Proposed Changes To Louisiana Sports Betting Promos Would Help Bettors

April 28, 2022 | By: Dan Holmes

A proposed bill in the Louisiana legislature could alter the way sportsbooks assign their promotional money, resulting in an improved betting experience for citizens of the state. Senate Bill 290 would permit Louisiana sports betting operators to split up their promotional play dollars between multiple sports betting platforms beginning in 2023. Each sportsbook in Louisiana […]

Louisiana Sports Betting Sets Monthly Revenue Record In March

April 21, 2022 | By: Dan Holmes

Sportsbooks in Louisiana raked in $30.1 million in revenue in March — the highest total since legalized sports betting launched in the state in 2021. The revenue figure came on a total handle of $232.7 million, which ranks as the state’s second-highest monthly figure. Online sports betting apps accounted for $205.7 million of the March […]