Betfred Sports & Paragon Casino open “The Draft Room”

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Betfred Enters Louisiana Market with Paragon Casino deal

Retail sports betting is now available in Louisiana. Paragon Casino in Marksville is the first casino in the Pelican State to introduce sports betting to the public. The casino’s retail sportsbook, “The Draft Room,” began accepting bets on Wednesday. The sportsbook in Paragon Casino operates through a partnership with Betfred Sports.

Marshall Sampson, Sr., Paragon Casino general manager, described the partnership with Betfred as a “new chapter for Paragon.” Sampson added that the casino has “always been a source of pride for Marksville” and the residents of Louisiana. Sampson stated that his hope with this partnership is that visitors from across the region will come and experience it themselves. Sampson said that alongside Betfred, they are providing a “first-class sports betting platform and venue,” which will lead to the Paragon Casino Resort becoming the “place to bet and watch games in Louisiana.”

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The Draft Room Sportsbook features betting counters and kiosks, a custom video wall, and theater seating. Additionally, there is a restaurant and bar offering food, beer, and numerous seating options for fans to watch games on any of the 112 TVs. There are also three VIP fan sections for private gatherings.

Mark Stebbings, Betfred’s Chief Operating Officer, said, “Louisiana is an exciting opportunity for Betfred Sports,” as the company looks to continue to expand across the US following successful launches in Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Colorado. Stebbings added that they are looking forward to using their experience in conjunction with Paragon Casino to “bring the best sports betting experience to bettors in the state.”

Paragon Casino has a 64,000-square-foot gaming floor with 1,000 slot machines and 500 hotel rooms. Other amenities include a day spa, shopping plaza, cinema, and an award-winning golf course.

Louisiana Online Sports Betting Delayed

With retail sportsbooks now open in Louisiana, the online launch remains pending. Hurricane Ida has caused delays meaning the state’s mobile sports betting target date has been pushed back twice.

The Gaming Division at the state police dept oversees all of the sports wagering applications and reviews the applicants and vendors. However, since the hurricane hit in late August, the officers in the gaming division were reassigned to assist with the recovery efforts.

The new target date for when the state expects to issue temporary licenses to online sportsbooks is mid-October.

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