Golden Nugget Casino Louisiana To Open Retail Sportsbook

The Golden Nugget in Lake Charles will be the latest Louisiana casino to launch a retail sportsbook when it begins accepting wagers on Nov. 10, 2021.

The casino, which has partnered with DraftKings, will open a temporary sportsbook this week inside the Blue Martini Bar. It has six ticket cages and more than 30 self-service kiosks spread throughout the casino.

A permanent 10,000-square foot DraftKings Sportsbook and lounge are expected to open on the grounds in the summer of 2022. The permanent sportsbook will have nearly 300 seats, odds boards, and big-screen televisions.

The sportsbook will open at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10. After that, it will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and Sunday. Once regulatory and licensure approvals are received, customers will be able to place bets 24 hours a day on the kiosks.

“Our team has worked diligently alongside state regulators to make the sportsbook experience a reality for Louisiana patrons,” Senior Vice President of Gaming for Fertitta Entertainment Gerry Del Prete said in a statement. “Coupling the Golden Nugget’s dynamic gaming network with DraftKings’ innovative tech and trading makes for an unmatched partnership.

“We are thrilled to offer our combined customer base an unparalleled experience at the Golden Nugget Lake Charles.”

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Next In Line

The Golden Nugget will be the sixth casino in Louisiana to launch a retail sportsbook, giving Louisianans yet another option for sports betting. The first launch occurred on Sept. 6 when Paragon Resort Casino and its partner Betfred began accepting sports wagers at its location in Marksville.

On Oct. 29, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board issued retail sports betting licenses to four casinos and allowed them to begin taking in-person bets on Oct. 31. 

Two of them — Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City and Harrah’s New Orleans — opened on Oct. 31. The other two — Boomtown Casino in Harvey and L’Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge — followed one day later on Nov. 1.

In all, 13 of the state’s 20 casinos have applied for sports betting licenses. The Louisiana State Police are in the process of vetting all of them and likely will grant licenses to them in the near future.

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

Mobile Sports Betting Pre-Launch Offers

No date has been announced for the launch of mobile sports betting in Louisiana, though the goal of lawmakers has always been to launch before the end of 2021. As of now, that goal still appears achievable.

In the meantime, four sportsbooks have announced pre-launch bonus offers. Those offers are as follows:

Caesars Sportsbook: 1) Sign up for a new account before mobile sports betting launches and receive a free $100 bet to be used when mobile sports betting goes live. 2) Make a deposit of at least $50 before mobile sports betting launches and earn $1 per point scored by Louisiana teams that play on the first weekend of live mobile sports betting.

FanDuel Sportsbook: Register for an account before mobile sports betting launches and receive $100 in free bets when it launches.

DraftKings Sportsbook: Sign up for an account before mobile sports betting goes live and receive a free $100 bet when it goes live.

Betfred Sportsbook: Register an account and deposit at least $10 to receive a free $150 bet when Betfred launches its mobile app.

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.