Louisiana was to allow legal sports betting in September, just in time for football, before Hurricane Ida made landfall.
But more than a month after the storm – and a handful of NFL football games later – the budding betting houses haven’t taken a single bet.
So what is the heist? Here is what we know:
When is sports betting officially allowed?
No official date has yet been announced, but Louisiana Casino Association executive director Wade Duty expects temporary sports betting licenses to arrive in mid-October. according to KTAL.
Duty said officers from the Louisiana State Police’s Gaming Enforcement Division have been assigned other duties to assist with recovery from Hurricane Ida and are just getting back to work. usual, such as performing background checks on institutions that have applied for sports betting licenses.
Where can I place bets in person?
Twenty racetracks and casinos from the 55 parishes that voted ‘yes’ to sports betting should be licensed before online sports betting becomes available, according to KTAL.
The Louisiana Lottery will also receive a license to operate sports betting kiosks in restaurants and bars.
According to the sports writer Brian Spaen, on-site bets are expected at these locations: Belle of Baton Rouge, Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge, Amelia Belle, Delta Downs, Evangeline Downs, Sam’s Town Shreveport, Treasure Chest, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, Harrah’s New Orleans, Horseshoe Casino Bossier City, Horseshoe Casino Lake Charles, Coushatta Casino Resort, Golden Nugget Lake Charles, Fair Grounds Race Course, Boomtown Bossier City, Boomtown New Orleans, L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge, L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Lake Charles, Margaritaville Resort Casino and Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport.
What about mobile betting?
In addition to some casinos and racetracks, the Louisiana Lottery is expected to launch online and mobile sports betting – but these sites and apps will only work if users are in one of the 55 parishes that have legalized online and mobile betting. , according to the Louisiana Illuminator.
The 55 parishes voted yes: Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assomption, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Cameron, Concordia, Claiborne, DeSoto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Grant, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupée, Rapides, Red River, Richland, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.
These are the nine parishes that voted no: Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Jackson, Lasalle, Sabine, Vermilion, West Carroll and Winn.
Caesars Entertainment, who recently bought 20 years of Superdome naming rights for $ 138 million per month after the enactment of the sports betting law in June, is fast becoming a leading provider of online sports betting.
Do I have to pay taxes on sports betting?
Yes, there will be a 10% state tax applied to all on-site bets and a 15% state tax on all online bets, according to the law signed by Governor Edwards in June. According to a separate law, tax revenues from sports betting will go to the State Fund for Early Childhood Education, gambling addiction recovery programs, local governments in parishes where betting will be permitted, services for residents disabled and more. Winnings that are not claimed within six months will be used to reimburse hospitals for forensic examinations and DNA analyzes in cases of rape, by SB247.
What sporting events are eligible for betting?
Professional, collegiate and Olympic sporting events are all eligible. The bill makes it clear that high school sports and competitive video game matches are prohibited for betting, however.