Seven other casinos are expected to apply before the deadline of January 1.
US.- Thirteen of Louisiana’s twenty land-based casinos have applied for sports betting licences. The remaining seven are expected to apply in the next few weeks. Wade Duty, executive director of the Louisiana Casino Association, said once the paperwork is out of the way, several of the casinos will be ready to start handling sports wagering.
Sports betting has been delayed, partly due to Hurricane Ida and the need for the Louisiana State Police to vet operators, personnel and procedures.
Ronnie Johns, chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, has the authority to approve temporary certificates allowing sportsbooks to begin operating inside casinos in person. Mobile wagering will take longer to get up and running.
Legal sport betting has started in the state at Paragon Casino, the first casino in Louisiana to host a sportsbook. The casino is owned and operated by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. The sportsbook is being introduced through a partnership between the tribe and Betfred Sports.