BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — People no longer have to travel to a casino to place a bet on their favorite teams. Instead, sports bettors across the state will have the ability to place their bets by the click of a few buttons through verified betting apps on smartphones or computers.

“The people were allowed to vote on it, and they said, ‘We want to do it,’ and so it’s here,” said Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns.

The future is digital, that’s why sports wagering can soon be done from the comfort of your own home.

“Exciting weekend for sports betting. The NFL Championship game is this coming Sunday. Joe Burrow with the Cincinnati Bengals has been the darling of Louisiana now that the Saints are out of the picture and Joe comes from LSU, so I think you’re going to see a great interest in the mobile aspect of betting,” said Johns.

Mobile betting will only be available in 55 out of 64 parishes. The wagering apps include location restrictions so bets can only be made in parishes that allowed it through a voting process back in 2020.

“People have been sports betting forever for years, and they’ve been doing it illegally. We’re regulating it now, we’re regulating it and we’re going to do it in a very strict, very compliant way and we’re going to tax it and we’re going to put some of that money to good use in Louisiana,” said Johns.

Much of the 15 percent taxes put on mobile betting will go to things like early childhood education and organizations that help with gaming additions.

Johns did not disclose the first wave of operators. There will be six, however, some sent out statements.

Below is a statement from BetMGM’s CEO Adam Greenblatt:

“We’re proud that BetMGM will be in the first wave of operators to launch mobile sports betting in Louisiana this Friday. We thank both the Louisiana Gaming Control Board and the Louisiana State Police and look forward to parlaying BetMGM’s success in neighboring regions into a long, successful, and responsible relationship with sports fans in the state.”

Caesars Sportsbook said in a statement:

“Caesars Sportsbook is ready for mobile sports betting’s debut in Louisiana on Friday. This is an opportunity we’ve been working toward for a long time. We have a proud history of operating in Louisiana… Come Friday, through the app, we’ll be able to offer even more opportunities to experience the thrill of sports wagering.”

Restrictions and security features are on the apps from geofences to facial recognition for those with addiction.

“It’s the future of sports betting and we’ve done it right,” said Johns.

Mobile sports wagering is set to go live in Louisiana at 8 a.m on Friday.