Sports betting in Louisiana begins with a $ 50,000 wager at Bossier’s Horseshoe Casino

BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTAL / KMSS) – Sports betting in Louisiana started early Sunday morning at Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City with a flair – a $ 50,000 bet on the Detroit Lions, one of two NFL teams that haven’t won the game this season.

Horseshoe Bossier City begins accepting sports betting on Sunday

The first bet was placed after Bossier City Mayor Tommy Chandler severed the ribbon, followed by others waiting at the casino for betting to begin.

Stephen Early, who arrived early, said he thought he was first in line on Sunday morning but said he was third to bet.

Ashley Wade, Regional Vice President of Human Resources at Horseshoe, quipped, “There’s a lot of talk around the table about who’s going to win – well, now you can actually put your money where your mouth is.”

On Friday, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board issued four licenses – in addition to Horseshoe, which is owned by Caesar’s Entertainment, the others went to Harrah’s in New Orleans, Boomtown Casino in Harvey and L’Auberge in Baton Rouge.

Sports betting is coming to L’Auberge, three other casinos in Louisiana

“We are very proud to offer the first sports betting in the region. We just know this is going to be a huge success, a huge success, ”said Robert Urland, vice president and general manager, Horseshoe Casino.

The process of obtaining the license is complicated and lengthy, but Quinton Harris, Horseshoe’s Sports Book Manager, said the team reviewed the application and “is making sure that we are doing everything right”.

He said the process “took a little while, but we did it and we’re here today, ready to take the first bet.”

Chandler was passionate about sports betting and remembered the late Bossier City Mayor George Dement, who enthusiastically welcomed Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City in 1994 for the benefits it would bring to the community.

The income from sports betting that the Bossier City coffers will bring in will be used to help Bossier City stay clean, protect the people, help fire and police, and add one more activity for the people, according to Chandler.

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