In the southern American state of Louisiana and the 530-room Paragon Casino Resort is reportedly set to debut an in-house sportsbook from later today in partnership with prominent sportsbetting operator Betfred USA Sports.

According to a Tuesday report from The Times-Picayune newspaper, the impending premiere will see the tribal facility operated by the federally-recognized Tunica-Biloxi Tribe become the first such development in ‘The Pelican State’ to feature a retail sportsbook following the passage of enabling legislation in June.

Salubrious surroundings:

The newspaper reported that the Las Vegas-style sportsbook for the Paragon Casino Resort, which was formerly known as the Grand Casino Avoyelles, is due to go live from later this afternoon featuring a number of betting windows and kiosks as well as traditional theater seating and a customized video wall. Due to be christened as The Draft Room, the fresh venue is to also purportedly come complete with a restaurant and bar area surrounded by 112 televisions showing the latest sporting action in addition to a trio of ‘fan caves’ for private gatherings.

Alluring aim:

Marshall Pierite serves as the Chairman for the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe and he used an official Tuesday press release to disclose that The Draft Room will moreover feature table and bar seating and allow aficionados from across the region to place a wide range of wagers on a plethora of collegiate and professional sporting action in concert with Betfred USA Sports, which is the American subsidiary of British sportsbetting giant Betfred Group.

Read a statement from Pierite…

“As a native Louisianan and Chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe, I am thrilled to help usher in sportsbetting to our state. This partnership with Betfred USA Sports promises continued success for Paragon Casino Resort as we continue our mission to provide a first-class gaming destination and vacation experience to our neighbors and guests.”

Manifold magnetism:

Located just outside the small city of Marksville some 160 miles north of New Orleans, the Paragon Casino Resort already features a 64,000 sq ft gaming floor offering a selection of 35 gaming tables and over 1,000 slots alongside a full-service spa and salon, an 18-hole golf course and a bayou-themed atrium with live alligators. Opened in 1994 and currently employing in excess of 700 people, the Avoyelles Parish facility additionally has an indoor pool, a three-screen cinema, a CyberQuest-branded arcade and more than 75,000 sq ft of meeting space.

Pleasing potential:

For his part and Mark Stebbings, Chief Operating Officer for Betfred Group, used the press release to describe Louisiana as ‘an exciting opportunity’ as his firm continues an expansion program that has already seen it launch into the American states of Colorado, Pennsylvania and Iowa. He finished by proclaiming that he is now looking forward ‘to utilizing our 50 years of bookmaking experience’ in partnership with the Paragon Casino Resort so as ‘to bring the best sportsbetting experience to bettors in the state’ of almost five million people.