Sports betting kicks off today at one casino in LouisianaParagon Casino Resort is beginning the activity today. The Marksville casino is teaming up with Betfred Sports to open the betting parlor.

This operation will be called The Draft Room at Paragon Casino Resort – the first of its kind in the state. It is set to open at 3pm Wednesday afternoon.




Paragon GM Marshall Sampson Sr says:

Our partnership with Betfred Sports marks a new chapter for Paragon – which has always been a source of pride for Marksville and the people of Louisiana. With this new partnership, I hope visitors from across the region will have the chance to experience it for themselves. Together, we are offering a first-class sports betting platform and venue that will make Paragon Casino Resort the place to bet and watch games in Louisiana.


How is Paragon a step ahead of the other casinos in the state to get sports betting up and going? KEEL News asked Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns about that. He says:

Paragon is an Indian Casino and they do not have to go through the same licensing process. We have no jurisdiction over them. When the Louisiana law passed for sports betting, they could legally open. We are working overtime to get the licensing process complete for the casinos in the Shreveport Bossier City market.

Margaritaville, El Dorado, Horseshoe, Harrah's Louisiana Downs, Sam's Town and Boomtown are eligible to apply for sports betting operations in the Shreveport Bossier area.

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