Louisiana Online Sports Betting will go live this morning at 8 a.m. CT, Gaming Control Board Chair Ronnie Johns said Wednesday. “Currently eligible sports wagering operators will be approved to accept mobile bets as early as 8 a.m. Friday morning,” the statement said. “The remaining mobile sports wagering operators are in the process of meeting statutory and regulatory requirements and will be approved once those requirements are met.”
More online sports betting operators should launch in the next few weeks. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board will allow up to 41 total online operators, so many more sportsbooks will launch in the coming months and years.
Online sports betting is expected to generate a lot of revenue for the state. 15% of online gambling winnings will go directly to the state of Louisiana. Nearly 4% of revenue from online sports betting winnings will go toward early childhood education. The American Gaming Association said Louisiana would make around $50 Million per year from sports betting.
Louisiana was the first state to ask different parishes if they wanted to legalize sports betting, and 55 of the 64 parishes voted in favor of it. Only nine parishes voted not to participate including:
- West Carroll
Users in the parishes listed above can create accounts, deposit and withdraw — they just can’t bet and will have to travel to a legal parish to place wagers. Sports betting in the parishes listed above is restricted by geolocation technology, which means that people wanting to use the platforms for sports betting will need to be inside one of the 55 parishes where it is legal.
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