Sports betting is now legal in several states across the country, but Louisiana is not one of them, at least not yet.

Mississippi has approved sports betting and gamblers will be able to bet on college and pro games this fall.

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The first Coast casinos to submit paperwork to conduct sports betting in Mississippi are the Palace Casino, along with the parent companies of Beau Rivage (MGM Resorts International), Harrah’s Gulf Coast (Caesars Entertainment), all in Biloxi, plus Boomtown Biloxi and Hollywood Casino (Penn National) in Bay St. Louis.

Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones says after seeing how other states have started using the new cash, he’s concerned the Bayou State may be losing on crucial revenue.

Jones says a bill legalizing sports gaming in Louisiana died during the final hours of the regular session, but he expects a similiar bill to be proposed next year.  He says it will likely be a bit more conservative than other proposals.

Jones says industry leaders have warned that barring sports betting could make it more difficult for the market to attract big money players and gamblers looking for more amenities, but cautioned that even if sports books were allowed into the state, it may not lead to a big score.

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