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Four state regulated casinos in Louisiana now taking legal sports bets

There are now four state-regulated casinos in Louisiana where legalized sports betting is up and operating. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser cut the ribbon at Boomtown Casino in Harvey yesterday afternoon, the fourth of the casinos to open its Sports Book in the Bayou State.

“This is a great opportunity for those people who want to gamble and want to bet to travel to one of the many casinos in Louisiana, stay in town, place their bets, spend that money here,” said Nungesser.

Bets can be placed on professional and collegiate sports.

Nungesser is optimistic about the positive impact casino sportsbooks will have on tourism in the state.

“We believe because of the great food, music and culture we can attract people to Louisiana that come spend a week here for major sports events because they have that ability to bet legally here now,” said Nungesser.

In addition, to Boomtown, Sports Books are now operating at Harrah’s in New Orleans, Horseshoe in Bossier City and L’Auberge in Baton Rouge with nine other applications still under consideration.

Without saying it, Nungesser drew a comparison to what legalized sports betting in the state will mean for tourism, as a dose of vaccine does to improving our battle against the coronavirus.

“So, hopefully, we’re really going to see this be a shot in the arm as we grow tourism in the gambling industry for those people who do want to gamble.”

Paragaon Casino in Marksville began taking sports bets on October 6th. They are owned by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and not regulated by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

Written by Dave Brannen

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