Paragon Casino Resort announced on Tuesday a partnership with Betfred Sports, bringing sports betting to Central Louisiana, with betting now open to the public. Betfred Sports is expanding to Louisiana with its latest location through the addition of a Las Vegas-style sportsbook at The Draft Room at Paragon Casino Resort, the "first of its kind in the market." As of today at 3 pm, bettors will be able to begin placing their bets.
General Manager of Paragon Casino Resort, Marshall Sampson Sr., said: "Our partnership with Betfred Sports marks a new chapter for Paragon, which has always been a source of pride for Marksville and the people of Louisiana. With this new partnership, I hope visitors from across the region will have the chance to experience it for themselves. Together, we are offering a first-class sports betting platform and venue that will make Paragon Casino Resort the place to bet and watch games in Louisiana."
Mark Stebbings, Betfred Group Chief Operating Officer, stated: "Louisiana is an exciting opportunity for Betfred Sports to continue its expansion in the U.S. after successful launches in Iowa, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. We look forward to utilizing our 50 years of bookmaking experience with our fantastic partner, Paragon Casino Resort, to bring the best sports betting experience to bettors in the state."
Betfred Sports will operate a traditional sportsbook in The Draft Room, Paragon's newest amenity, comprised of traditional theater seating, a custom video wall, betting counters, and kiosks. The Draft Room's restaurant and bar offer foods, cold draught beers, and multiple seating options, including 112 TVs surrounded by table and bar seating, plus three VIP fan caves for private gatherings.
The Draft Room offers full-service betting, so both locals and out-of-state travelers can wager on their favorite teams from across the country.
Paragon Casino Resort offers a 64,000-square-foot gaming floor, 1,000 Las Vegas-style slot machines, and 500 hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. It also features an award-winning golf course, day spa, shopping plaza, and the area's only cinema.
Chairman Marshall Pierite from The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe that owns Paragon Casino Resort, commented: "As a native Louisianan and Chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, I am thrilled to help usher in sports betting to our state. This partnership with Betfred Sports promises continued success for Paragon as we continue our mission to provide a first-class gaming destination and vacation experience to our neighbors and guests coming to Central Louisiana."
Louisiana is the home of almost 5 million people, 2 major league teams, and plenty of sports fans ready to get in on the action.