One of Louisiana’s first mobile sports betting apps is coming all the way from the United Kingdom, and it is giving away a free bet to get new users started.
Betfred will be among the mobile apps that launch in the coming weeks. Although we don’t know exactly which date mobile sports betting will launch, we do know it could be before the end of January. Betfred previously had a pre-launch offer in Louisiana, but it has eliminated that offer.
The good news is that a few other mobile apps that will launch in Louisiana still have their pre-launch offers up and running. Check out the news on Caesars Louisiana Launch Bonus and FanDuel Louisiana Launch Bonus.
Betfred Was First Sportsbook In Louisiana
Although many other sportsbooks are likely to follow in Louisiana, Betfred will always be the first.
On Oct. 6, Betfred launched a retail sportsbook inside Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville. They were the first Louisiana retail sportsbook to open. Paragon was allowed to open because it is a tribal casino owned by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe.
A few others followed suit with 4 casinos opening their retail sportsbook locations on Halloween weekend. These included Harrah’s in New Orleans, Boomtown Casino in Harvey, L’Auberge Baton Rouge, and Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City.
Louisiana Sports Betting Update
It remains to be seen exactly when mobile sports betting will launch on a larger scale in Louisiana, but a good bet is that it will happen later in January or early in February.
Legal sports betting in Louisiana was signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards in June 2021. Then, in August, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board approved emergency rules. To date, nine Louisiana casinos have opened retail sportsbooks.
The Louisiana State Police are in the process of fully vetting the applicants. Once that process is complete, licenses can be issued.