At the moment, sports betting is still restricted in Louisiana, but this could change in the coming months. The state has already accepted sports betting applications from local casinos, and it seems like it will only be a matter of time before they are stamped and approved.
The state was apparently ready to allow betting in time for the start of the football season. However, Hurricane Ida got in the way. Temporary sports betting licenses should be issued in late fall, according to Wade Duty, executive director of the Louisiana Casino Association.
Officials in the Louisiana State Police’s Gaming Enforcement Division have been assigned other duties to assist with the recovery from Hurricane Ida and are only now returning to their regular jobs. This includes performing background checks on institutions that, according to Duty, have applied for sports betting licenses.
Currently, thirteen of the twenty traditional land based casinos in LA have applied Louisiana online sports betting Licenses that would allow them to take bets once the paperwork has been approved.
The ultimate regulator of the Gaming Control Board has the power to sign a temporary certificate of operation so that casinos can start taking bets. However, this is unlikely, according to the man himself. “It is possible, but I seriously doubt I’ll have to sign any in the next two weeks,” said Ronnie Johns, who is currently Chairman of the Gaming Control Board. “But I expect some recommendations very soon.”
What types of bets are allowed in Louisiana?
Initially, Louisiana will only allow in-person wagering at licensed casinos across the state. Every casino must set up a sports betting section where bettors must prove that they are at least 21 years old before they can bet.
In addition, a collaboration with the Louisiana Lottery Corp is planned to place sports betting kiosks at certain locations. These kiosks will provide more options for LA residents to place sports bets, although they are not expected to go live until 2022.
Although sports betting is initially limited to in-person betting, there are plans to expand Louisiana betting online as well. The state’s new regulations allow online sports betting, including betting from smartphones, tablets and computers. However, before this can be implemented, the casinos must Implement geofencing and other measures to stay within the regulations.
All sports betting providers operating in Louisiana are required to pass rigorous testing by the Gaming Control Board to ensure that players are protected. Online sports betting tests will take longer as they will need to be more thorough to ensure minors or anyone outside of the state cannot bet.
Are there any gambling restrictions in Louisiana that you should be aware of?
All sports betting providers in Louisiana are taxed at 10% of the money they get from in-person betting and 15% of the money wagered online. This could mean that Louisiana is seeing worse odds than other states in the country, but the money is going in the direction of that Early Childhood Education Fund as well as supporting gambling addiction charities.
All bettors must be 21 years of age or older and identification must be presented regardless of whether they are betting online or in person. In addition, bettors must prove that they are within state lines when betting online.