Louisiana Sports Betting Apps Launch Date Set For Friday, Jan. 28

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Grab those phones, check those NFL Playoff odds, and see what bonus and promos sportsbooks are offering as Louisiana sports betting apps are set to launch. Online and mobile sports betting will be live in the Pelican State on Friday, Jan. 28 at 8 a.m., in time for NFL Championship Sunday and the Super Bowl, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board announced Wednesday.

Friday’s launch gives bettors in 55 parishes their first chance to bet via their mobile phones or online through regulated sportsbooks.

Caesars Louisiana and BetRivers Louisiana will go live Friday, with other top sports betting brands including FanDuel Louisiana, DraftKings Louisiana, and BetMGM Louisiana also expected to be among the first sports betting apps to launch in the market. Apps will be tied to Louisiana casinos and racetracks, each eligible for up to two mobile apps under Louisiana’s 2021 sports betting law.

The state’s law calls for up to 41 online and mobile apps, including a license for Louisiana Lottery.

The launch of Louisiana online sports betting follows the state’s retail sports betting launch. From October 31 through December 15, legal retail sportsbooks opened at 10 riverboat casinos in the state, plus land-based Harrah’s New Orleans. More than $67 million in sports betting handle was written at those 11 properties in November and December, with operators holding about $10 million (a 14.99% win percentage), generating over $1 million in tax revenue, per a report from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

In-person betting handle, however, will be dwarfed by mobile and online wagering.

Louisiana Online Launch Delays Now Over

Louisiana Gaming Control Board chief Ronnie Johns gave final approval for an online sports betting launch after licensing recommendations were issued by the Louisiana State Police (LSP).

The long-awaited launch on Friday ends months of waiting by Louisiana sports bettors frustrated with regulatory delays.

Johns told Gaming Today on Oct. 18 he anticipated an online sportsbook launch by or about Jan. 1, 2022. But ensuring that online sports betting was operational and secure – especially regarding geofencing, which prevents mobile betting outside of parishes where it is legal – pushed the launch back, Johns said in a written statement reported by WDSU New Orleans on Jan. 13.

“We are working overtime to get there but it’s complicated. We will roll it out when we are sure that it’s working properly,” Johns reportedly said in the statement. “Not only is that a safeguard for the casino industry but also for the sports betting customer.

What Promos and Bonuses Can Louisiana Online Sports Bettors Expect?

Sports bettors can celebrate the launch of Louisiana online sports betting by taking advantage of promos and bonuses offered by top sportsbooks on the market, with plenty of pre-launch and bonus offers available.

Downloading multiple apps allows online sports bettors in Louisiana to take advantage of several bonuses for more leverage, according to Gaming Today betting pros.

“This helps to add more money to your bankroll, and it also allows you to shop for the best odds for your bets,” according to Gaming Today’s Connor Grootenhuis.

Some promotional limits may apply, so experts advise all bettors to read sportsbook app terms and conditions before claiming an offer.

Also read: What Louisiana sports betting tax rate means for bettors

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Rebecca Hanchett

Rebecca Hanchett

Legislative Writer
Based in Kentucky's Bluegrass region, Rebecca Hanchett is a political writer who covers legislative developments at Gaming Today. She worked as a public affairs specialist for 23 years at the Kentucky State Capitol. A University of Kentucky grad, Hanchett has been known to watch UK. basketball from time to time.

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