Supreme Court makes sports betting possible nationwide, but current La. law won't allow for sports bets here

May 14, 2018 - 12:53 pm
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The US Supreme Court has ruled that states outside of Nevada are now allowed to permit sports gambling. Neighboring states such as Arkansas and Mississippi approved legislation that would allow the gaming to take place, but Louisiana denied legislation that would have put the issue up for voters this fall. Metairie Senator Danny Martiny says that’s great news for Beau Rivage.

“Right now, all the casinos in the Biloxi area are so excited because they’re going to start getting customers from the Orleans market.”
The Metairie Republican says it’s not just New Orleans that’s going to suffer as a result.

“The people up in Arkansas and the Indian casinos are going to start cannibalizing those markets.”

Martiny says ultimately the decision to keep sports gaming out of Louisiana will exacerbate the state’s already problematic budget issues.

“I think you’re native if you think you’re going to suppress gaming or make it go away and I said, ‘If you want to do away with it, that’s fine but you better come up with another revenue stream’ because the state heavily relies on it.”

It’s estimated that the new, unrestricted, sports gaming industry will be worth 7.1 billion dollars a year.

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