Sports betting opens in Bossier City, three other Louisiana locations

Four state-licensed casinos in Louisiana opened sports betting at their locations Sunday, including Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City.

The other three licenses are for Harrah’s New Orleans, L’Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge, and Boomtown Casino in Harvey.

Part of Caesars Entertainment, Inc., Harrah’s New Orleans and Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel & Casino made history on Sunday, Oct. 31, by accepting their first-ever in-person sports bets through the best-in-class Caesars Sportsbook.

“Caesars is proud of our commitment to Louisiana and the entire Gulf Coast region,” said Dan Real, Regional President, Caesars Entertainment. “Today was historic for us as a company and we’re excited to open our new Caesars Sportsbook locations at Harrah’s New Orleans and Horseshoe Bossier City to honor the legacy these properties hold in the region. We can’t wait to introduce all that sports betting has to offer to sports fans while sharing our emphasis on responsible gaming.”

Bossier City Mayor Tommy Chandler cut the ribbon to get wagering underway in Bossier City. While in New Orleans, former New Orleans Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert placed the ceremonial first bet to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

Lines of sports fans eager to get in on the action built at both sportsbooks, led in Bossier City by a guest betting $55,000 on the Detroit Lions to cover +3.5 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

With mobile sports wagering still pending regulatory approval, sports fans in the region are encouraged to visit these properties to learn about in-person sports betting and responsible gaming while taking advantage of this new entertainment offering.

Voters in 55 parishes legalized sports betting on live-action games.

More licenses are expected to be issued as soon as more approvals come from the State Police.

The first sports betting options will be at on-site sports books inside casinos and racetracks. Mobile online betting options are expected next year. The Advertiser reports that’s the same timeline expected for bars and restaurants to secure sports betting kiosks through the Louisiana Lottery Corp.

Sports betting will be prohibited in Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Jackson, LaSalle, Sabine, Union, West Carroll and Winn parishes, where voters rejected the gambling expansion.

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