Monroe is officially is rolling the dice to try to get a river-boat casino on the Ouachita River, but it’s far from the only gambling bill Louisiana lawmakers are considering.

State Representative Marcus Hunter’s bill would designate a portion of the Ouachita River a ‘gambling waterway’.

That will be the first hurdle that the Southside Economic Development District needs to clear.

Lawmakers also would have to approve either adding gaming licenses, or allowing a casino operator to move/transfer operations and set up shop in Monroe.

Ouachita Parish voters would have to approve gambling too.

Another bill would allow sports betting not only at every Louisiana casino, but even at bars, truck stops and restaurants that already have video poker machines for more than 1,300 places.

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that there is no sure bet.

The supreme court in Washington would have to overturn a law that allows sports betting only in Nevada and three other states.

A ruling could come soon.

The bill already has cleared a Louisiana Senate Committee and now goes to the full senate.