Only nine parishes don’t offer any sports betting or gaming. If residents want to get involved in placing wagers, those individuals would have to travel outside of the jurisdiction to a place where they can place a legal Louisiana sports bet.
Caesars Sportsbook stated that the first bet through their mobile platform was on the Cincinnati Bengals. DraftKings, FanDuel Barstool, BetMGM and BetRivers were the other sportsbooks to start the mobile operation in the Louisiana market. Several Louisiana sportsbooks offered new users risk-free bets while others gave an odds boost to any NFL playoff game.
This was a huge week for Louisiana sports betting. Former LSU star and current Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow led his team against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. The Chiefs were heavy favorites, but Burrow and the Bengals rallied from an 18-point deficit to win 27-24 in overtime.
The Bengals-Chiefs game attracted 42 percent more bets than any other game in any sport during that span.
LSU stars make it to the Super Bowl
Joe Burrow’s path to one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL wasn’t an easy one. According to 247SPORTS COMPOSITE, in the Class of 2015, Burrow was the 280th-ranked player in the nation and was the 11th-best player in Ohio. Burrow wanted to transfer to Nebraska where his dad and his brothers played. However, the Cornhuskers didn’t even put an offer on the table as they questioned his arm strength and ability.
The four-star prospect committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes to play under Coach Urban Meyer. However, after redshirtting in 2015, Burrow decided to transfer.
The Cincinnati Bearcats were considered the favorites to land the transfer. They had a connection to Burrow, as coach Luke Fickell was on Ohio State’s coaching staff in 2015 and 2016. However, former LSU coach Ed Orgeron managed to steal Burrow away from Cincinnati, and the rest was history.
Burrow earned the starting job in preseason camp in 2018 and won a National Championship with current Bengals teammates Ja’Marr Chase and Tyler Shelvin. Cincinnati selected Burrow first overall after his Heisman-winning 2019 season.
His career so far is like a script from a movie. Burrow won the starting job out of camp and had an amazing start to his rookie campaign. However, he tore his ACL in Week 11, ending his season. At the start of the 2021 season, many experts wrote the Bengals off. Cincinnati had 150-1 odds of winning the Super Bowl this year and were projected to finish last in the tough AFC North.
Using all the negatives as motivation, Burrow had 34 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, and threw for 4,611 yards. They won the division with a 10-7 record and rolled through the playoffs. Now, they’ll play in the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1988-89 season.
Experts Predict Massive Gains for Louisiana Sportsbooks
The six mobile sportsbooks will most likely see a huge rise in average betting volume for the Super Bowl over the next two weeks, especially with several local connections. Fans in Louisiana can only hope that Burrow and the rest of the Bengals have one more great performance to win the Lombardi Trophy.
The American Gaming Association stated Louisiana sports betting could generate up to $50 million per year in state revenue.