- DraftKings is already allowing pre-registration for Louisiana residents.
- Maryland is awaiting finalization from SWARC to fully launch sports betting.
- The Green Bay tribal casino in Oneida, Wisconsin is set to begin taking wagers soon.
LAS VEGAS – As the sports betting industry continues to expand across the United States, three more states are on the precipice of fully launching a regulated sports betting market.
While online Louisiana sports betting isn’t available in Louisiana yet, it is on the way and will be available by Q1 2022.
DraftKings is even allowing Louisiana residents to pre-register and receive $100 in free bets, so they can prepare for the impending launch.
For those ready to get started sooner than that, Louisiana already has in-person sports betting located at four different casinos across the state.
Local Louisiana Sportsbooks
- Boomtown Casino & Hotel New Orleans (Harvey, LA)
- Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel & Casino (Bossier City, LA)
- L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge (Baton Rouge, LA)
- Paragon Casino Resort (Marksville, LA)
Already formally legalized, sports betting in Maryland was signed into law on May 18, 2021. They are waiting on the final steps from Maryland’s Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC.)
The commission is apparently still deliberating licensing issues for sportsbook operators, potentially dragging their feet, much to Governor Larry Hogan’s frustration.
“On sports betting, it’s a very frustrating situation. Obviously the voters overwhelmingly voted for sports betting,” said Hogan. “They passed a law which they now seem to be ignoring.”
When SWARC is able to finalize the details, sports betting will be able to launch for Maryland residents sometime in early 2022.
There are still no regulated Wisconsin sports betting offerings for Wisconsin residents, but there was talk about the Green Bay tribal casino in Oneida opening a sportsbook sometime later this month.
“We anticipate having it in hopefully by next month and then we have some set-up time with it,” said Chad Fuss, the assistant CFO of gaming operation for the Oneida Nation. “We’re anticipating by the middle of November it will be operational.”
All three of these states are expected to have some kind of legal sports betting option for their residents very soon.
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