Almost everyone is familiar with the NFL and the NBA, but the Louisiana Gaming Control Board has included 31 sports that are legal to bet on in its new catalog as the state’s fledgling sports betting industry finds its place.
Among the sports or events that might surprise you: snooker, a bumper billiards game; Nathan’s famous hot dog tasting contest; darts; the Oscars; and badminton.
“It’s really amazing all of the options that are out there,” said Ronnie Johns, chair of the Gaming Control Board.
The catalog gives casinos with sports betting licenses the option of offering any of the listed sports, but they are not required to offer all of them.
Louisiana’s first legal sports betting salon opened earlier this month at the Paragon Casino Resort, ushering in the state’s largest gaming expansion in three decades.
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Johns said he plans to start licensing sports betting to other Louisiana casinos within two weeks for on-site betting, but it will likely be in January before online apps and restaurant kiosks. and bars are ready.
Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser told USA Today Network earlier this month, adding that sports betting at Paragon and other casinos “will be a big tourist draw for Louisiana and put us on a level playing field. with the Mississippi “.
Sports, leagues and events that will be legal to bet on in Louisiana
Soccer: NFL; college football (NCAAF); Canadian Football League; Arena football league; American Football Alliance; XFL
Athletics: International Association of Athletics Federations
Australian football: Australian Football League
Badminton: World Badminton Federation Level 1 Events (International) and Level 2 Events (World Tour)
Baseball / Softball: Major League Baseball; NCAA baseball; NCAA softball; World Baseball Classic; Minor League Baseball (Triple A, Somerset Patriots, Lakewood Blue Claws); Japanese professional baseball (Japan); Chinese Professional Baseball League; Korean KBO; Unlimited Softball Athletes
Basketball: NBA; WNBA; NCAA College Basketball; European League / European Cup; World’s Championships ; FIBA Regulated Country vs. Country Qualifications / Games / Tournaments; Premier League Leagues Australia and Argentina, Barbados, Belarus, Brazil, China, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland against Portugal , Serbia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, The Basketball Tournament (TBT), Turkey, Russia; FIBA Champions League; Big three
Billiards: Mosconi Cup; Billiards Billiards World Championship and World Cups
Boxing: WBA; GB; WBO; IBF; professional matches approved and regulated by US state athletic commissions; professional matches approved and regulated by the British Board of Boxing Control; professional fights sanctioned by national members of the Association of Boxing and Combat Sports Commissions
Bowling: Professional bowling tower; Professional bowlers associations
Rodeo: Bull Riding Professional, Inc .; Professional Association of Rodeo Cowboys
Locust: World Cup; International Cricket Council; Indian Premier League; Big Bash League; T20 explosion; The Hundred; Caribbean Premier League
Cycling: Great tour; World Tour; Tour de France
Darts: PDC Championship; British Darts Organization; Corp .; Darts Championship; Remote darts league
Entertainment / Competitive Eating: Oscars; Emmy Awards annually; Nathan’s famous hot dog eating contest
Golf: PGA; Korn Ferry Tour; Major; European tour; Champions circuit; LPGA; World Golf Championships; International events (ie Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, Presidents Cup); League of cacti; PGA Gateway; Tailored driving relief; Korean Women’s Professional Golf Association
Handball: First level (Belarus, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Poland, Hungary); European Championship League; Handball World Championships
Hockey: NHL; NCAA; International Ice Hockey Federation tournaments; American Hockey League; World’s Championships ; Continental Hockey League; Swedish Hockey League; National League (Switzerland); SM-liiga (Finland); Belarusian extraleague; Ukrainian Hockey League
The Crosse: NCAA; Premier League Lacrosse; Major League Lacrosse
Lawn bowling: Grand Prix of Boules
Mixed martial arts: UFC; Bellato; League of Professional Fighters; Cage warriors
Olympic Games: Summer Olympics; Winter Olympics
Races: NASCAR (Monster Energy Series, Xfinity Series, Truck Series, NASCAR Cup Series); Indy Racing League; Formula One; MotoAmerica SuperBikes Championship Series of SuperBikes; Drone Racing League; MOTO GP; Sports Car Club of America
Rowing: University boat race
Rugby League / Union: Six Nations; World Cup; Country-to-country international qualifiers / games / tournaments (including World Rugby sanctioned rugby sevens); four nations; National Rugby League (Australia / New Zealand); Super League (United Kingdom / France); PRO14; English Rugby Premiership; Top14 (France); Super Rugby; European Champions Cup; European Challenge Cup
Veil: Americas Cup
Billiards: Billiards of the world
Soccer: North America (MLS, USL Championship, USL League 1, North American Soccer League, United States Open Cup, National Women’s Soccer League, Liga MX Mexico, Copa MX Mexico; CONCACAF Champions League; Europe: (bets approved on the first two levels , as well as national cups, for the member countries of the UEFA England – League 1, England – League 2, Champions League, Europa League, Super Cup, Europa Conference League); South America: (bets approved on the first two levels, as well as national cups cups for Argentine football, Brazilian football) Asia: (bets approved on the first two levels, as well as national cups for Chinese, Japanese and South Korean football); Oceania: (bets approved on the first two levels, as well as national cups for Australia); qualifiers / international games / country-to-country tournaments regulated by FIFA, including those organized by FIFA member federations; Cup international champions; FIFA Club World Cup
Table tennis: events of the International Table Tennis Federation; European Table Tennis Union events; TT star; Russian Liga; Düsseldorf Masters Series
Tennis: ATP (World Tour, Challenger Series); WTA; Grand Slam events; International Tennis Federation; Series of tennis points; International tennis series; UTR Pro Match Series; American professional tennis series; EXO Tennis; Grand Slam Matchplay 120 tennis tour; Austrian tennis Generali Pro Series; Eastern European Championship; LiveScore Cup; World team tennis; German national series; Adria Tour Tennis; Ultimate tennis matchup; Elite Tipsport Cup; Umbria open; Battle of the British; British tour; Women’s Berlin Open; Thiems 7; The Progress Tour; FPT Portugal Series; Credit One Bank Invitational; Opening of Macha Lake; American tennis cup; German Premier League; German Masters Series; European tennis professional series; Champions series tennis; Davis Cup; King Billie Jean Cup
Volleyball: Men / Women first level in Belarus, Turkey, Russia; AVP Pro Beach Volleyball; FIVB World Beach Volleyball Tour
eSport: ESports will be considered on a case-by-case basis as a special event.
Greg Hilburn covers state policy for the USA TODAY network in Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @ GregHilburn1.