FanDuel to open three retail sportsbooks in Louisiana
Three FanDuel Sportsbooks due to open soon in Louisiana
Three retail sportsbooks that have obtained licenses to operate inside Louisiana casinos have not opened their doors yet but are expected to be up and running soon. The Amelia Belle Casino near Morgan City, the Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel near Opelousas, and Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino in Shreveport are waiting to open on-site sportsbooks. When they get the green light, each location can legally accept sports bets in the state.
The three casinos are owned by Nevada-based Boyd Gaming and will host FanDuel sportsbooks. Both Amelia Belle and Sam’s Town are riverboat casinos, while Evangeline Downs is a land-based horse track.
The three properties are among 13 sportsbooks licensed to operate in the Pelican State. The other licensed sportsbooks are already operating in or around the state’s main casino hubs of Shreveport-Bossier City, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, and New Orleans.
At least two more sportsbook licenses will be issued to casinos soon. According to Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns, other state-regulated casinos have until the end of December to apply for a retail sportsbook license.
Voters in St. Tammany Reject Casino Plan
Thirteen riverboat casinos are operational across Louisiana, along with four racetracks that operate slot machines and one land-based hotel-casino in New Orleans.
Two casinos are currently closed but could reopen next year. One riverboat casino was damaged by a hurricane in Lake Charles last year and will be reopening in 2022 as a land-based casino. Another company that obtained a license, Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, referred to as P2E, had hoped to build a land-based waterfront hotel-casino near Slidell. However, those plans suffered a setback when voters in St. Tammany Parish rejected the casino proposal last Saturday.
P2E now has 60 days to choose whether to reopen a riverboat casino at its previous location in Bossier City.
Mobile Sports Wagering Launching Soon
As retail sportsbooks are popping up across the state, online bookmakers are waiting for the launch of mobile sports betting in Louisiana. State officials believe mobile betting should be operational by February 2022.
Gov. John Bel Edwards, D-La, signed a bill into law in the summer which permitted each f Louisiana’s 20 casino license holders to operate two mobile sports betting “skins.” The term “skins” refers to an online betting site and its accompanying smartphone app.
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