Four Louisiana Casinos Awarded Licenses For Retail Sports Betting

Legal in-person sports betting at commercial casinos in Louisiana is just a couple of days away.

Four Louisiana casinos have been issued retail sports betting licenses that allow them to begin taking in-person bets on Sunday (Oct. 31), the Baton Rouge Advocate reported

Those four casinos are Harrah’s in New Orleans, Boomtown Casino in Harvey, L’Auberge Baton Rouge, and Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City.

They are among the 13 casinos that applied for sports betting licenses within the last few weeks. The other nine applications are still under review by the Louisiana State Police.

Also read: What to expect when mobile sports betting launches in Louisiana

Mobile Sports Betting Still Not Ready

While retail sports betting on a larger scale is just a couple of days away, the launch of mobile sports betting is still a couple of months away.

The compliance process for mobile betting is more extensive than it is for retail sports betting so it may not launch until early in 2022.

Still, several sportsbook companies have announced pre-launch bonus offers for new users who sign up before the launch of mobile sports betting.

So far, pre-launch bonus offers are available from Caesars Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook.

Also read: Saints vs. Buccaneers Week 8 betting odds

Paragon Casino Got A Head Start

Although commercial casinos will begin accepting in-person bets as soon as Sunday, they will not be the first casinos in Louisiana to do so.

On Oct. 6, Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville opened the state’s first retail sportsbook with its partner Betfred. It was allowed to open so early because it is owned by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and, thus, not regulated by the state government.

About the Author

Corey Roepken

Corey Roepken is News Editor for Louisiana Sharp. Corey has 20 years of experience as a sports journalist in Michigan, Texas, and Tennessee. Most notably, he covered professional and international soccer for the Houston Chronicle. He has also covered college softball, SEC football, the MLB, and the NFL.