Louisiana lawmakers say sports betting could begin by fall

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(AP) – BATON ROUGE, La. – Under the bill setting up the wagering regulations, people in Louisiana could start betting on sports events as early as the fall through sportsbook sites, kiosk locations, and mobile sites.

Before it reaches Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk, the proposal must go through a few more steps, including a House floor debate. However, lawmakers have shown little opposition to a bill pushed by the Senate’s leader. It is especially after most of the state’s voters approved legalizing sports betting.

The proposed regulations would create 20 sports betting licenses, with Louisiana’s casinos and racetracks getting the first chance.

Any operator who obtains a license to conduct onsite sports betting could also offer online wagering. The Louisiana Lottery Corporation would also operate its own sportsbook through an online site, mobile app, and kiosk locations that would be set up in bars and restaurants under a separate bill already on the governor’s desk.

To bet, a player must be over 21 years old and have an account with a state-licensed sports betting operator. They must be physically located in a parish that has voted to legalize the wagers.

 

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