Sports Betting in Louisiana Unlikely this Football Season

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Former Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman says that states’ sports betting won’t happen until probably during the Super Bowl. Ronnie Jones, former Board Chairman, appeared at KEEL Radio and affirmed that more administrative work needs to be done before legal sports wagering can start.

This summer, 55 of 64 parishes voted in favor of the sports betting bill. Though the bill has been signed into law, the Gaming Control Board must set rules to regulate gambling. Jones noted that regulations are in place, only waiting for the Board Chairman to lead.

Jones is optimistic to see sports betting by the end of the football season. State lawmakers believed that sports betting could start this football season. Jones, however, knows well that the process of licensing sports betting companies and setting rules takes months.

Once sports betting is implemented, gamblers will be able to place a bet at a casino or on mobile devices. Bettors will also be able to wager on live games using bars, Kiosk or restaurants servers.

Mobile sports betting will place Mississippi the only southern state with mobile sports betting. Mississippi and Arkansas have legal sports betting but is only permitted in casino properties.

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