After Election Night Anxiety, Louisiana's Top Gaming Regulator Turns Bullish

The re-election of Democrat John Bel Edwards to a second term as Louisiana’s governor appears to ensure a promising future for the gaming industry in another staunchly conservative state in the Deep South.

Other than Edwards, who defeated Republican Eddie Rispone by a narrow margin of 51 to 49 percent on Saturday, the happiest man in Louisiana these days might be Ronnie Jones, the chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

When Jones was appointed chairman in August 2013 by then-Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, he was told by Jindal’s aides he must do two things.

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