When is sports betting coming to NWLA?
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Almost a week has passed since Louisiana’s first legal sports bet.
It was placed Wednesday, Oct. 6 by New Orleans Saints Hall of Famer Joe Horn at Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville.
That’s more than a two-hour drive (about 155 miles) south from Shreveport-Bossier City.
So when will people be able to place bets in the northwest corner of the state?
Hurricane Ida is one reason the starting date got pushed back.
Wade Duty, executive director of the Louisiana Casino Association, told KSLA News 12′s Tayler Davis that the new date is by the end of October. That is when you will be able to sit in at one of your local casinos to place your bet.
“More than half of the brick-and-mortar casinos have submitted their applications for sports waging licenses,” Duty explained. “Those applications are being processed by the gaming regulators.”
Jan. 1, 2022, is the state’s deadline for applications. If that date is missed, they will lose their place in line.
Duty said the first goal is to roll out in-person betting.
“We will start rolling out the mobile portion of it as well, but you’ll see brick and mortar or in-person sports wagering first,” he explained. “And the second part of that will come sometime after that because even more elements will have to come together for that.”
Thirty-three states have legalized sports betting. And in Louisiana, 55 parishes have voted to allow it.
American Gaming Association Vice President Casey Clark said sports betting can boost any economy.
“Americans, so far this year, bet over $2 billion in a legal market. And that’s money that’s not going to illegal offshore or funding any illegal knaveries activity,” Clark said.
“We like the idea that all this activity is now out of the shadows.”
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