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Legal and mobile sports betting is expected to launch in Louisiana in the coming weeks. An in-service date has yet to be officially announced, but all signs point to before Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13.
As Louisiana sports bettors await the official launch, operators have been hard at work preparing for the big day. Governor John Bel Edwards signed the Louisiana Sports Betting Regulatory Bill into law in June 2021, allowing 41 mobile carriers to enter the Pelican State. The bill allows each of the state’s 20 combined casinos and racetracks to partner with two online operators each.
When Louisiana Online Sportsbook goes live, six sportsbooks will be available for bettors to choose from. They are:
More online sports betting may be launched in the future. Other gaming operators with existing brick-and-mortar locations in the state like Penn National (Barstool Sportsbook), Churchill Downs (TwinSpires) and Boyd Gaming (Boyd Sportsbook) are expected to pursue licensing and open sports betting on the road.
Louisiana is the first state to approve mobile sports betting on a county-by-county (or parish-by-parish) basis. Fifty-six of the state’s 64 parishes have approved retail and mobile sports betting in 2020. Sports bettors can place bets from any approved parish, including those around Baton Rouge, New -Orleans, Shreveport and most other population centers.
Although mobile sports betting is fast approaching, in-person betting has already begun – Louisiana opened legal retail sports betting in October 2021. Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville has accepted the state’s first legal bet on its sports betting site Betfred.
The Pelican State will be only the third largest mobile betting market in the South, after Tennessee and Virginia.
For more information on Louisiana and other states that will legalize online sports betting in 2022 and beyond, check out our legalization tracker.