MARKSVILLE, Louisiana (KLFY) – Sports betting officially “landed” in Louisiana with the first bets being made at the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville this afternoon on October 6.
Paragon Casino and Betfred Sports are really trying to convince us that the Draft Hall is the perfect place to celebrate game day. The first legal bet in Louisiana was placed today at 3 p.m. by someone who was playing the games himself.
“First bet. First winning ticket. First winning ticket! First winning ticket.
NFL Hall of Fame and former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn is in the record books again. This time, he is the first to score a legal sports bet in Louisiana. The Paragon in Marksville is now open for in-person betting every day of the week.
“We were the first tribe in Louisiana to set up a casino,” said James Craig III, member of the board of directors of Paragon. “Now we are the first tribe in Louisiana and also in all areas to have sports betting here in Louisiana. Everyone is enjoying it everywhere else in Vegas and other states, but here in Louisiana now we can enjoy it.
You can enjoy betting in person at the moment, but online sports betting will be coming in the near future. But why miss your chance to use this setup with over 120 big screen TVs and 200 seats, including recliners, VIP sections, and slot machines.
“All I want to ask you is who we bet on,” Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser said with a laugh.
Nungesser placed the next bet. He and other elected officials are anxiously awaiting the tax revenues this billion dollar industry can generate for public education.
“I think this is the kick in the arm, no pun intended, that we need to get out of COVID,” Nungesser said. “We’ve been thinking outside the box of things we can do to bring attention to Louisiana because we’re competing with every state for those tourist dollars.”
You can only bet in person at this time. Online betting will happen in the future.
“I think everyone should come here to try it out and be a part of it,” Horn said.
Legal sports betting is something for 55 of the 64 parishes voted in last year’s election, and the Louisiana Gaming Control Board has created regulations since. Other locations are expected to follow this fall.