Like many Louisianans interested in sports betting, Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans has long been waiting for this moment.

And now that their license has been approved — along with three other casinos around the state — to start taking bets Sunday morning, Harrah’s is making sure it’s first in line.

The Caesars Sportsbook at Harrah’s plans to accept its first bet at 7 a.m. Sunday, beating the other casinos in the state by at least a few hours and starting a festive day in New Orleans that also includes Halloween celebrations and the Saints’ home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The state’s other Caesars property, Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City, also will open its sportsbook at 7 a.m.

“Our team made a commitment, when the state announced it was going to begin accepting applications, that we would be first in line,” said Dan Real, Caesars Entertainment regional president, in an email.

“Our team worked hard every single day to be sure we were delivering exactly what the state was requesting from us and it has paid off. For Harrah’s New Orleans and Horseshoe Bossier City to be the only state-approved gaming operations to be up and running on day one is definitely a moment of pride.”

Caesars Sportsbook is a partner of and The Advocate and Times-Picayune.

Sports betting was approved by voters in 55 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes last November, but it wasn’t signed into law until June. Since then, the Louisiana State Police have been reviewing applications from casinos to run sportsbooks. That process took months, delayed in part by Hurricane Ida, and was finally resulted in approvals Friday.

Source: New Orleans  Advocate