Most areas of Louisiana voted in favor of legalizing sports activities betting Tuesday as 52 of the state’s 64 parishes determined to permit it.
Unlike the opposite two sports activities betting poll initiatives in Maryland and South Dakota, the sports activities betting laws that was handed by lawmakers allowed for every particular person parish to resolve for itself, as an alternative of creating it a statewide challenge.
The Associated Press is saying that one other seven parishes are nonetheless too near name, which means solely 5 have made a decisive selection in opposition to it. Catahoula, Franklin, LaSalle, West Carroll and Winn had been the predictably rural parishes that stated “No” to sports activities betting, whereas Beauregard, Caldwell, Grant, Jackson, Richland, Sabine and Union are nonetheless counting votes, according to a Louisiana-based CBS affiliate.
Like Maryland and South Dakota, the legislators nonetheless have to agree on rules and tax charges for its market, which can get achieved through the 2021 legislative session. The best-case situation for bettors is a launch in late 2021. The extra doubtless situation is a 2022 launch.
It was a predictable end result given the state had an identical vote two years in the past when 47 parishes voted to legalize real-money every day fantasy sports activities competitions.
According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, estimates on the potential tax income derived from sports activities betting remains to be unclear.
With legalization in Maryland, South Dakota and Louisiana from this election cycle, there are 24 states that permit sports activities betting, although a number of are nonetheless pending a rollout of its market.