In a move that will make sports betting easier for players. Louisiana’s Gaming Control Board issued four online sports betting licenses to casinos.
Louisiana Drops 4 Betting licenses
These will come into effect soon. Moreover, they are applicable to L’Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge; Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City, Boomtown Casino in Harvey, and Harrah’s New Orleans. Suffice to say that all four USA online casinos can now offer sports betting services to their customers.
They all have to follow all the Louisiana sports betting regulations, however. These are a bit more stringent than regulations in other US states that offer USA online sportsbooks.
Note, these casinos aren’t technically the first sports betting operators in Louisiana. Earlier, the Paragon Casino Resort received the thumbs up. This is a tribal casino, though, and operates under different rules.
Lists of Legal Sports to Bet on
Intriguingly, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board actually has a list of sports that you can legally bet on. There are 31 sports in total. However, the state of Louisiana also plans on updating the list should the interest arise.
This includes quite some events that you perhaps wouldn’t expect. This includes entertainment bets on the Academy Awards or bets on hot dog eating contests.
It appears Louisiana will issue more licenses in the near future. The control board only has to reach a consensus with Louisiana State Police, which has a say in the matter.
Online sports betting is still a bit ahead for Louisiana players. In early 2022, such options should be widely available.
Even better, bars and other joints should start offering sports betting kiosks to their customers. This will make real money sports betting more widely available and to a larger audience.
Unfortunately, Louisiana still bans betting on online sports in 9 of its parishes. Namely, Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Jackson, LaSalle, Sabine, Union, West Carroll, and Winn. These parishes went against gambling expansion during the 2021 vote.
Online sports betting operators will use geoblocking to block access from those parishes. This could be tricky to do with mobile users. However, it seems that the companies involved have it all figured out.