Mobile sports betting in Louisiana will go live Friday ahead of the NFL Championship

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — People no longer need to visit a casino to place a bet on their favorite teams. Instead, sports bettors across the state will have the ability to place their bets with the click of a few buttons through verified betting apps on smartphones or computers.

“People were allowed to vote on it, and they said, ‘We want to do this,’ and so it’s here,” Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns said.

The future is digital, which is why sports betting can soon be done from the comfort of your own home.

“Exciting weekend for sports betting. The NFL Championship Game is next Sunday. Joe Burrow with the Cincinnati Bengals is Louisiana’s darling now that the Saints are off the board and Joe is coming from LSU, so I think you’re going to see a lot of interest in the mobile aspect of betting,” Johns said. .

Mobile betting will only be available in 55 of the 64 parishes. The betting apps include location restrictions, so bets can only be made in parishes that have allowed it through a voting process in 2020.

“People have been betting on sports for years, and they’re doing it illegally. We’re regulating it now, we’re regulating it and we’re going to do it in a very strict, very compliant way and we’re going to tax it and we’re going to use some of that money to good use in Louisiana,” Johns said.

Much of the 15% tax levied on mobile betting will go to things like early childhood education and organizations that help with game add-ons.

Johns did not disclose the first wave of operators. There will be six, however, some have sent statements.

Below is a statement from BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt:

“We are proud that BetMGM is among the first wave of operators to launch mobile sports betting in Louisiana this Friday. We thank both the Louisiana Gaming Control Board and the Louisiana State Police and look forward to transforming BetMGM’s success in neighboring areas into a long, successful and responsible relationship with sports fans in the state.

Caesars Sportsbook said in a statement:

“Caesars Sportsbook is ready for the debut of mobile sports betting in Louisiana on Friday. This is an opportunity we have been working on for a long time. We’re proud to be in Louisiana…Coming Friday, through the app, we’ll be able to offer even more opportunities to experience the thrill of sports betting.

Restrictions and security features are on the apps, from geofences to facial recognition for addicts.

“It’s the future of sports betting and we’ve done it well,” Johns said.

Mobile sports betting is scheduled to go live in Louisiana at 8 a.m. Friday.

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