Gambling in Louisiana got a lot more interesting Friday with the launch of the state’s mobile sports betting market.
Louisiana went live with retail sports betting on Oct. 31, 2021, at Harrah’s casinos in New Orleans and Bossier City. Since then, notable sportsbooks operators like Penn National Gaming, DraftKings and FanDuel started taking wagers at retail sportsbooks.
But mobile is what bettors in Louisiana have been waiting for and online sportsbooks went live at 8 a.m. Friday.
Gov. John Bel Edwards signed sports betting legislation into law last summer. It allows each of Louisiana’s 20 licensed casinos to receive up to two mobile betting “skins.”
Mobile sports betting joined retail casinos and sportsbooks as gambling options in Louisiana. Real money online casinos have not been legalized in Louisiana.
Here are some things to look for now that mobile sports betting is live in 55 of the state’s 64 parishes that voted to legalize sports betting in November 2020:
Here are some of the operators that launched Friday in Louisiana:
We don’t expect Louisiana to put up New York-like numbers, but they will be a big improvement from the December retail sportsbook figures in Louisiana.
The retail sportsbooks at Louisiana casinos had a total handle of $39.5 million in December, according to state figures. That was an increase of $8 million from November, the first full month retail sports betting was live.
Mobile bettors in Louisiana will be able to wager on this weekend’s NFL conference championship games and the Super Bowl on Feb. 13. And then March Madness hits, so the numbers will only go up.
And there will be numerous offers and promotions available for first-time bettors in Louisiana.