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Sports betting in Louisiana could start during football season

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Published: Aug. 25, 2021 at 12:53 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2021 at 8:03 PM CDT
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NORTHWEST LOUISIANA (KSLA) - During the upcoming football season, sports betting in Louisiana could become a reality.

On Aug. 19, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board approved emergency rules that would allow the state’s Big 20 casinos to file their applications for sports betting.

According to the Board, approved licensed casinos could build temporary sportsbooks and then later disclose their permanent sportsbooks to the them.

“We expect sports betting to bring in $30,000,000 in tax revenue to the state,” Chairman Ronnie Jones says. “Part of this revenue will go to the local government and the state will use some of it’s money for early childhood education.”

All Shreveport-Bossier casinos and Louisiana Downs are eligible to obtain a sports betting license. Jones didn’t specify but did say eight out of twenty of the big Louisiana casinos have applied for a license.

If things continue to go as planned, Jones expects sports betting to become a reality, sometime in the middle of September.

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