Louisiana prepares to launch online sports betting

| By Robert Fletcher
Louisiana will today (28 January) open its legal online sports betting market, with a number of operators having been cleared to launch.

Sports wagering was legalised in Louisiana in November 2020 following a parish-by-parish referendum, but the market’s launch was delayed to 2021 due to Louisiana only permitting the passing of a new tax in an odd-numbered year.

Legal retail betting began in October of last year, but the Louisiana Gaming Control Board (LGCB) earlier this week confirmed that the online market would launch today.

Ahead of this, the LGCB issued approval for Penn National Gaming (PNG) to offer online and mobile sports betting in the state, with the operator’s Barstool Sportsbook brand set to launch on opening day.

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