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DraftKings to open retail sportsbook in Louisiana

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DraftKings Retail Sportsbook set to open in Louisiana Casino

A DraftKings sportsbook is set to open its doors in Louisiana. Golden Nugget Casino Lake Charles revealed the news alongside the sports betting operator. The retail sportsbook will officially open at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, subject to licensure and regulatory approval.

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Louisiana residents aged 21 and older will be permitted to bet on various sports across professional, college, and other significant leagues at the DraftKings Sportsbook located in the Golden Nugget Casino Lake Charles. Additionally, DraftKings will also launch an online sportsbook in the Pelican State once mobile betting is live. DK will become one of several Louisiana betting apps to go live in the state.

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Gerry Del Prete, Senior Vice President of Gaming for Fertitta Entertainment, said that they have worked closely with state legislators to “make the sportsbook experience a reality for Louisiana patrons.” Del Petre stated that linking “Golden Nugget’s dynamic gaming network” with the “innovative tech and trading” DraftKings provides will make for an “unmatched partnership.” Del Petre added they are thrilled to offer their customers an “unparalleled experience at the Golden Nugget Lake Charles.”

The temporary sportsbook will debut in Lake Charles and will become the biggest in the area. The temporary location is inside a section of the Blue Martini bar, which has ticket cages where customers can place wagers. Players can also access 30 self-service betting kiosks.

Plans are in the works for a permanent, 10,000-square foot DraftKings Sportsbook and lounge that will feature big-screen televisions, odds boards, and 300 seats. The permanent location is slated to open in the summer of 2022.

Matt Kalish, president of DraftKings North America, said that since launching daily fantasy sports in Louisiana, they have been keen to introduce fans in the state to the DraftKings Sportsbook experience. Kalish stated that they would be providing customers with “a new level of engagement with several of America’s most popular leagues,” including the NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAA football. Kalish added that joining forces with Golden Nugget and their well-known casino brand is exciting as they look to provide the passionate sports fans in Louisiana with “a premier retail sportsbook experience.”

From Wednesday, DraftKings Sportsbook at Golden Nugget Lake Charles will be taking bets from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to midnight at weekends. When regulatory and licensure approvals are made, bettors can place wagers 24/7 at any of the kiosks.

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