The calendar has flipped to 2022, and sports betting is making its way across Louisiana. Retail sports betting is now available at nine brick-and-mortar casinos, and mobile betting is likely to launch later this month.
One of the locations offering retail sports betting is the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Lake Charles. The Golden Nugget is a standout gaming experience among Louisiana casinos. In total, the facility features over 1,600 slots, 87 table games, and seven live-action poker tables.
When it comes to sports betting, the 242-acre waterfront casino has partnered with DraftKings Sportsbook. Together, the Golden Nugget and DraftKings Sportsbook Louisiana bring an enjoyable sports betting experience to its customers.
DraftKings Sportsbook At Golden Nugget Features
In November, Golden Nugget opened a temporary DraftKings Sportsbook inside the Blue Martini Bar. There are now also DraftKings kiosks in the Rush Lounge as well as the poker room. In total, Golden Nugget has six DraftKings ticket cages and more than 30 self-service kiosks spread throughout the casino.
The self-serving kiosks in the Rush Lounge and poker room are open 24/7. This allows bettors to place their wagers at any time that works best for them.
The DraftKings Sportsbook inside the Blue Martini Bar is not open around the clock. Its hours are as follows: Monday-Friday 10 am-11 pm, Saturday-Sunday 9 am-midnight.
While the current set-up is temporary, more permanent features are coming soon. A permanent 10,000-square foot state-of-the-art DraftKings Sportsbook and lounge are expected to open on the grounds in the summer of 2022. The permanent sportsbook will have nearly 300 seats, large odds boards, and big-screen televisions.
Golden Nugget and DraftKings have formed a unique partnership. Both entities are looking to make splashes in the Louisiana sports betting market, and both have a bit of a head start. Let’s take a closer look at the breakdown of the partnership and the status of each betting platform.
Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino
Located at 2550 Golden Nugget Blvd., Lake Charles, LA 70601, Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino is one of the premier retail casinos in Louisiana. Only two hours from Houston, Texas, Golden Nugget Lake Charles sees plenty of business from the Texas market. In addition to the wide-ranging retail casino features, the facility has 1,100 luxury hotel rooms and suites, as well as an 18-hole championship golf course.
Golden Nugget Sportsbook Mobile App
Golden Nugget is a relatively smaller sportsbook compared to other platforms, but it still has a lot to offer. The Golden Nugget Casino & Hotel gives the brand name recognition in Louisiana, and the mobile app is a quality platform that presents a wide variety of bets for users to consider. While there is no official launch date, we expect the Golden Nugget Sportsbook Louisiana app to be live in the state shortly after mobile betting is given the green light. In preparation for launch, Golden Nugget Sportsbook Louisiana is offering new users who sign up for an account a great bonus that involves up to a $250 free bet. The app is already live in five states: MI, NJ, NV, VA & WV. It would also not be surprising to see a retail location for Golden Nugget Sportsbook at Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino.
DraftKings Retail Sportsbook
DraftKings Retail Sportsbook is the platform used to place bets at Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Lake Charles.
“Since launching daily fantasy sports in Louisiana, we have been eager to introduce our fans here to the DraftKings Sportsbook experience, which will provide customers with a new level of engagement with several of America’s most popular leagues overlapping across the NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAA football. Joining forces with Golden Nugget and their renowned casino brand, we look forward to providing the fervent fan base in the Bayou State with a premier retail sportsbook experience,” Matt Kalish, co-founder, and president of DraftKings North America said. “Joining forces with Golden Nugget and their renowned casino brand, we look forward to providing the fervent fan base in the Bayou State with a premier retail sportsbook experience.”