WynnBET will be among the sportsbook options when online Louisiana sports betting launches.
Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns recently told LSR Louisiana sports betting will likely start within a few weeks. However, Johns also said retail sportsbooks are several months ahead of online operators.
Caesars presence in Louisiana
Louisiana sports betting legislation created 20 licenses for the state’s casinos and racinos. Each of those licenses receives two online skins as well.
In Louisiana, Caesars operates Harrah’s New Orleans, Horseshoe Bossier City and Isle of Capri Casino.
Caesars is extremely bullish in the state:
- Purchased naming rights to the Superdome
- Announced a partnership with LSU
- Secured a media deal with NOLA.com
WynnBET grows access
WynnBET market access grows to 17 states with the new agreement.
The operator is in negotiations for another seven states, according to a statement. Those 24 states would all WynnBET to cover 77% of the US population.
WynnBET is currently available in:
WynnBET’s New Jersey access is also through Caesars.
Louisiana sports betting delay
Hurricane Ida’s landfall in Louisiana caused a delay to the license approval timeline, Johns said. The emergency response to the storm redirected Louisiana State Police resources away from the license approval process.
Johns said 13 of the 20 entities named in legislation completed their applications. He said he would sign the licenses as soon as state troopers recommend them following their review.
“We really want to get this moving and operational as quickly as possible,” Johns told LSR, but declined to name a specific launch date.
According to Louisiana Lottery Director of Communications Kimberly Chopin, the lottery expects to launch its sports betting operations in January 2022. The lottery receives an online skin and can place kiosks at local businesses.