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Updated October 7, 2022

Legal Louisiana online sports betting is now live! It launched on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022 at 8 a.m. CST. The launch date comes after Louisiana’s sports betting regulation bill was signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards in June 2021, allowing as many as 41 mobile operators to enter the state. Six sportsbooks were approved to go live on Day 1, and more sportsbooks are expected to follow.

Latest Sports News in Louisiana:

  • PointsBet Sportsbook is now live in Louisiana! Bettors in Louisiana qualify for up to $500 in free bets if your first bet of the day loses. This promo is valid in the first five days after signing up, so you get one eligible bet each day. (10/6)
  • LSU won their fourth straight game after outlasting Auburn 21-17. Jayden Daniels and John Emory Jr. recorded over 40 rushing yards and one touchdown each. (10/6)
  • Saints lose London matchup against the Minnesota Vikings by three points (28-25). The Vikings scored a 53-yard FG with 24 seconds left in the game. (10/6) 

What to Keep an Eye on:

  • The Pelicans' preseason matchups against the Detroit Pistons and San Antonio Spurs this week. (10/6)
  • The Saints are taking Jameis Winston's recovery day by day. Winston's status for Week 5 is still uncertain as he was held out of practice on Wednesday. (10/6)
  • Can the Saints end their three-game losing streak against the Seattle Seahawks this week? (10/6)

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Louisiana Sports Betting Key Takeaways

⚖️ Is sports betting in Louisiana legal?

Yes, sports betting was legalized in June 2021 and online sports betting launched Friday, Jan. 28 at 8 a.m. CST.

💸 What are the requirements to bet online in Louisiana?

You must be 21 years of age and physically in Louisiana (verifiable by your mobile device's geolocation tech, or a downloadable desktop plugin) to place wagers from your phone.

📒 What mobile sportsbooks are available in Louisiana? BetMGM, Caesars, WynnBET, FanDuel, Barstool, BetRivers, DraftKings, and PointsBet

🏈 What sports will Louisiana sports bettors be able to wager on?

Louisiana bettors will be able to bet on all the major league sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL), including college football and basketball, and more such as European basketball leagues, cricket and rugby.

Louisiana Highlights

Louisiana Online Sports Betting Is Live!

Sports bettors in the Pelican State will finally be able to place their mobile wagers starting Friday, Jan. 28 at 8 a.m. CST.

Louisiana Online Sports Betting on Track to Open in January 2022

Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns has said that he is hopeful online sportsbooks will launch in Louisiana in January. This will allow bettors in the state to place wagers in time for the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13.

Louisiana Sports Betting Begins With Retail Sportsbook Opening

Louisiana’s first legal retail sportsbook took its inaugural bet as official and sports bettors in the state eagerly await the launch of online sports wagering.

Louisiana Sports Betting Marches Toward Fall Launch

Louisiana regulators have opened sportsbook license applications, another key step toward a fall 2021 legal sports betting launch.

Louisiana Sports Betting Regulation Bill Signed Into Law: Sportsbooks Targeting Fall 2021 Launch

Louisiana’s sports betting regulation bill was signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards, allowing as many as 41 mobile operators to enter the state with the first possibly launching during the 2021 football season.

Louisiana Sports Betting Regulation Bill Passes Legislature; Wagering Could Start This Fall

Louisiana lawmakers easily passed an online and sports betting regulation bill that could bring the state’s first legal sportsbooks as early as this fall. The bill features full online wagering, no in-state college betting ban, and the potential for as many as 40 online sportsbooks.

Louisiana Sports Betting Takes First Legislative Step

Louisiana lawmakers advanced a sports betting tax bill without opposition Wednesday, April 21, the first step in the lengthy legislative process to bring legal online and potentially retail wagering to most Louisiana parishes.

Lengthy Louisiana Daily Fantasy Rollout Could Foreshadow Sports Betting Legalization

Louisiana daily fantasy players will be able to legally set lineups and enter contests in 2021, more than two years after voters in most parishes approved the games. The launch is welcome news for Louisiana’s long-stalled DFS launch, but could underscore the difficulties single-game sports wagering faces to do the same.

Louisiana Sports Betting Approved By 55 Parishes

Sports betting will be legal in Louisiana after 55 of 64 parishes approved wagering within their respective municipalities. 

Where to Play: Legal Online Sportsbooks in Louisiana

Top Louisiana Sportsbooks

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BetMGM Louisiana

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Barstool Louisiana

Barstool Sportsbook is a fast-rising sportsbook thanks to its backing of internet personalities and Penn National Gaming. New Louisiana users can take advantage of the Barstool sign-up offer, which is up to $1,000 in risk-free bets when registering for the first time.

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Caesars Louisiana

Caesars is known for a rockstar rewards program and very generous sign-up offers for new users. They also have a further-developed in-game betting experience, or "live betting" offering, than most sportsbooks.

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WynnBET Louisiana

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FanDuel Louisiana

FanDuel also has a universal wallet experience, which is fantastic for bettors on the go in Louisiana. FanDuel is known to highlight current offers and daily boosts, helping users find the highest value betting opportunities.

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BetRivers Louisiana

BetRivers' strengths are their helpful customer service team and fast cash-out capabilities. They are a bit no-frills as sportsbooks go, but reliable and a solid addition to your sportsbook rotation.

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PointsBet Louisiana

“Points Betting” is a unique way of betting that only PointsBet offers. This high-risk/high-reward style is always there if you’re feeling extra confident about a certain bet. Perhaps the most enticing feature, though, is the ability to sync bets to the Action app via BetSync. BetSync is a way bettors can track all of their wagers without having to manually enter them into the Action app.

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DraftKings Louisiana

DraftKings is another sportsbook with its roots in daily fantasy sports. Using the lessons learned through DFS, DraftKings has created a user-friendly sportsbook that is easy on the eye in addition to being simple to use. This household name provides Louisiana sports bettors with both fantasy and sportsbook options to enjoy.

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DFS is online in Louisiana, too

Despite being available in most U.S. states, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) has been illegal in Louisiana. This changed earlier this yearDFS is now allowed

Major DFS forces like DraftKings or FanDuel, which also have sportsbooks, are only gaining access to the market now. Often, they hold an "early movers" advantage in markets as sports betting goes live because of their DFS foothold. The competition will escalate as the market is flooded with options at once. We expect this to translate to strong offers to the sports bettor's benefit.

Louisiana Sports Betting Regulations

Louisiana has laid the groundwork to be major, bettor-friendly sports betting state. Fortunately, wagering on college sports is allowed. There are still some "can do" and "can't do" betting actions, however.

What can I bet on in LA?

Legal Bet Types in Louisiana — Sports fans can bet a full range of bet types, including:

  • Point Spreads. Spread betting is a bet on the margin of victory in a game, or the point "differential." (See: Our Guide to Point Spread Betting)
  • Moneylines. Moneyline betting is when you pick the winner of the game or event, either one team or another. (More detail here: Moneylines)
  • First Half & Second Half. Halves let a bettor treat the first half and the second half as separate matches. (Additional insights: Half Bets)
  • Totals. A total, also known as an over/under, is a bet on the number of points both teams will combine to score in a game. (See: Understanding Totals in Sports Betting)
  • Futures. Future bets are a bet on an event that will be decided in the future (e.g., end-of-season results). (More: Longer-term Betting: Futures)
  • Player Props. A "prop" bet, short for a proposition, is a wager that is not directly tied to the final score or outcome. (See: Everything to Know About Prop Bets

Available Sports — You can take advantage of the different bet types to wager on these sports legally:

  • Football: NFL & CFL 
  • Basketball: NBA, WNBA, European/international baseball league
  • Baseball: MLB 
  • Hockey: NHL, international hockey leagues
  • Soccer: MLS, English Premier League, UEFA Champions League
  • College sports: NCAA football and basketball, more NCAA sport types will come online
  • Golf: PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions, PGA European
  • Auto Racing: IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula One

Additional market choices like boxing, tennis, rugby and more will also be offered at Louisiana's sportsbooks.

What are the 'can't dos' for betting in Louisiana?

❌  No bettors under 21 years of age

❌  No betting on high school sporting events

❌  Sporting officials (coaches, referees) or players with a vested interest in a given game or season cannot bet on their events

Louisiana Sports Betting Tips

Sports Betting for Louisiana Beginners

New to sports betting? Check out our sports betting education hub so you can get started placing informed bets. Learn how to bet Saints' moneylines or Pelicans' point spreads.

Sports Betting Glossary

Sports betting comes with its own language and terminology — spreads and money lines, over/unders and props, juice and vig, and so much more. It can be intimidating for newer betting sports fans, so be sure to consult our sports betting glossary for detailed definitions of all the main terms.

We recommend each of the online sportsbooks to help define these terms within their product to make everything easier for you to understand, too.

Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid

Betting on your favorite teams like the New Orleans Saints might seem like a no-brainer, but you need to be careful if you’re going to stay healthy all around in the sports betting world.

Here are some mistakes to avoid.

How Louisiana Sports Betting Compares: The Sports Betting Report Card

Louisiana Grading Card

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Louisiana is the only state that allows betting at the county (or, in Louisiana’s case, parish), but sports betting will be legal in the vast majority of the state including Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport and all major population centers.

Deposit Options

There are no statutory restrictions, and customers can deposit from anywhere in the country. It's important to keep in mind wagering will not be allowed in blocked parishes.

Competitive Prices

Caesars has already invested hundreds of millions of dollars in its New Orleans casino upgrades and a new stadium sponsorship deal and should be joined by DraftKings, FanDuel, Barstool and many other top brands. This means bettors should expect solid prices.

Market Coverage

Expect all major sports to be available, including plenty of bets around the states most popular teams: the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers. Though in-state college betting is permitted, there are bans on individual player props for NCAA athletes.

Impact of Sports Gambling Profits on Louisiana

As consumers, we don’t often think about the tax benefits of legal sports betting. However, the state of Louisiana will greatly benefit from the extra tax revenue that will be received once this rollout is complete.

House Bill 697 set the tax rates for both retail and mobile sports books. Mobile sports books will be taxed at 18%, while retail sports books will be taxed on their profit at 10%. This is a fairly small rate compared to states like New York, who just finalized a tax rate of 51% on sports book operators. This tax revenue will benefit various state causes. Here is a breakdown of where the tax revenue will go:

  • 60% to the general fund
  • 25% to early education
  • 12% to the parishes
  • 2% to programs for gambling addiction
  • 1% to a sports wagering purse fund for horse racing

Louisiana Sports Betting Background and Legalization Timeline

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed Louisiana’s sports betting regulation bill was signed into law in June 2021, allowing as many as 41 mobile operators to enter the state. The bill allows each of the state’s 20 combined casinos and pari-mutuel horse tracks to partner with two online operators apiece.

The two bills came after Louisiana voters in 55-of-64 parishes approved legal wagering in their respective jurisdictions on a 2020 ballot measure. Eligible bettors age 21 and up physically within these parishes can place a mobile bet with a licensed operator from their phone or mobile device without having to complete registration in person.

Louisiana is the first state to approve mobile sports betting on a county-by-county (or parish-by-parish) basis. Voters in every parish with a casino or horse track approved the 2020 referendum, allowing all these facilities to open retail sportsbooks on their properties. Bettors can wager from any approved parish, which includes those around Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport and most other population centers.

The following nine parishes did NOT approve sports betting:

  • Caldwell
  • Catahoula
  • Franklin
  • Jackson
  • LaSalle
  • Sabine
  • Union
  • West Carroll
  • Winn

Most major U.S. operators are expected to apply for one of the 41 total online licenses. Those licenses will include major sportsbooks such as DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, among others. Caesars, which is rebranding its Harrah’s New Orleans casino under its parent company name, will open its eponymous online sportsbook and retail companion at the land-based casino. The parent companies behind Barstool Sportsbook, Golden Nugget, TwinSpires and B Connected each operate Louisiana gaming facilities and are also expected to launch their respective sportsbooks.

Louisiana’s sports betting regulatory bill will permit betting on college sports, including the LSU Tigers football team. Industry analysts estimate that college sports betting may make up 15% of total handle, a percentage that could be even higher in college football-crazy Louisiana. 

Louisiana will be just the third mobile wagering market in the South, after Tennessee and Virginia.

It's been a process getting sports betting to the goal line. Here are some of the important events along the way to legalization:

Click for Previous Louisiana Sports Betting Legalization Updates
Date Legalization Update
January 2022

Online sports betting launches. After a much-anticipated wait, online sports betting went live in Louisiana on Friday, Jan. 28 at 8 a.m. CST. Six sportsbooks were approved to go live on Day 1 (DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars, BetMGM, BetRivers and Barstool). [Louisiana Online Sports Betting to Go Live, Jan. 26]

December 2021

BetMGM open registrations on Dec. 8. Louisiana sports bettors can now download the BetMGM Sportsbook app and create an account, but betting is not allowed just yet.

November 2021

Betfred Sportsbook opens registrations on Nov. 3. Louisiana sports bettors can now download the Betfred Sportsbook app and create an account, but betting is not allowed just yet.

October 2021

DraftKings and FanDuel sportsbooks open registrations on Oct. 28. The two sports betting giants allow users to download their respective apps and create accounts. Betting is not allowed on the apps yet as a launch date has not yet been announced.

Caesars Sportsbook opens registrations on Oct. 22. Louisiana sports bettors can now download the Caesars Sportsbook app and create an account, but betting is not allowed just yet.

September 2021

Louisiana officials on Sept. 16 reaffirmed they were working “as fast as possible” toward the state’s retail and online sports betting launch, but still could not give a firm deadline. [Timeline Remains Undetermined, Sept. 16]

August 2021

The Louisiana Gaming Control Board approved emergency rules for sports betting to go into effect August 23rd. When the permanent sports betting rules are approved by the board, they’ll replace the emergency ones. [Gaming Control Board, Aug. 19]

June 2021

John Bel Edwards signs SB 247, the state’s regulatory sports betting legislation, fulfilling the wishes of the 55 parishes that approved legal sports wagering. [SB247, June 21]

SB247 sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards for his signature. [SB247, June 11]

Senate approves SB247. [SB247, June 10]

November 2020

Louisiana voters in 55 of the 64 parishes approved sports betting. Legislators need to now pass state laws providing the guidelines and regulation of sports wagering.  [Parishes Approve, Nov. 3]

June 2020

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards signs the bill.This allows there to be a ballot measure asking each parish if they would like to authorize sports betting. [Ballotpedia, June 12]

May 2020

 

House of Representatives approves. The Louisiana House votes in favor of the sports betting bill. [Ballotpedia, May 27]

 Louisiana Senate approves. The Senate votes in favor of the sports betting bill, Senate Bill 130. [Ballotpedia, May 13]

 

February 2020

 

 Sports betting bill introduced. Senator Cameron Henry introduces sports betting bill, Senate Bill 130. [Senate Bill 130, Feb. 25]

Louisiana Teams

Louisiana Teams to Bet on

NFL Logo NFL Betting in Louisiana

New Orleans Saints logo New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints were for decades one of the NFL's premier laughingstock organizations, with only three playoff appearances in total between when they joined the NFL in 1967 and the turn of the century. Since then, things have changed. the Saints 10 playoff appearances since 2000, including seven division titles and that illustrious 2009 Super Bowl title.

Thanks mostly to the play of quarterback Drew Brees and the stewardship of coach Sean Payton, the Saints transformed from a laughingstock into one of the most consistently successful teams in the league. To prime yourself to bet on the Saints, you can check out our ongoing NFL insights and analysis.

New Orleans Saints Odds

Week 5 NFL Game Odds: Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints

Below is a selection of odds for the upcoming NFL game: Updated October 7, 2022 - Odds Provided by BetMGM - Subject to Change

Team

Spread 

Moneyline 

Total

Seattle Seahawks

(+5.5) -110

+180

Over 46 (-110)

New Orleans Saints

(-5.5) -110

-225

Under 46 (-110)

A recommended resource list to help you bet smartly on football in Louisiana:

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Colorado Rockies logo New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans were established as the New Orleans Hornets in the 2003-03 season when then-owner of the Charlotte Hornets George Shinn relocated the team to the bayou. The team became the Pelicans officially for the 2013 season. Under either name, the team has struggled to find consistent success despite employing superstars such as Chris Paul and Anthony Davis.

New Orleans Pelicans Odds 

Here are a few assets to help you bet responsibly on basketball in Louisiana:


Professional Rugby Betting Louisiana

New Orleans Gold

The New Orleans Gold is a professional rugby union team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. They were founded in 2017 and are currently coached by former Gold player Kane Thompson. 

College Sports Teams in New Orleans

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LSU Tigers Football

The 2019-20 LSU Tigers were one of the greatest college football teams of all time, led by Heisman Trophy winner and eventual No. 1-overall pick Joe Burrow. It was the Tigers' fourth national title and third this century, as they also won in 1958, 2003, and 2007. LSU took a step back after losing a lot of talent in 2020 but remains consistent SEC contenders.

LSU Tigers Odds 

Tulane Green Wave Football

The Green Wave have competed in the AAC since 2015 after an 18-year run in Conference USA. they have nine conference titles in program history but none in the one in which they currently reside. The Green Wave have been regular postseason participants this century, most recently playing in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in 2020, where they lost to Nevada.

Green Wave Odds

Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Football

The 2020 Sun Belt champs capped a 10-1 season with a victory over UTSA in the First Responder Bowl. The Ragin' Cajuns have grown accustomed to playing once winter rolls around, with eight bowl game appearances since 2011 and a 6-2 record in them. They've won three straight Sun Belt West titles.

Ragin' Cajuns Odds

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Football

The Warhawks have played football since 1931 and won the 1987 Division I-AA national championship. The program transitioned to FBS in 2012 and made a bowl game that year, playing in the Independence Bowl where they lost to Ohio.

Warhawks Odds

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Football

The Bulldogs joined Conference USA in 2013 after an 11-year run in the AC, and while they've yet to win a conference title, they've won three division championships, losing out on the conference title to Marshall, Western Kentucky, and UAB. The Bulldogs under Skip Holtz have become regular postseason participants, making a bowl game every year since 2014 and going 6-1 in that span, including wins over Power 5 schools Illinois and Miami.

Bulldogs Odds

College Basketball Betting in Louisiana

LSU Tigers Men's Basketball

The LSU men's basketball team boats a rich tradition that includes such all-time greats as Pete Maravich and Shaquille O'Neal. The Tigers have four all-time Final Four appearances, with the most recent coming in 2006. The current Tigers have had a decent stretch of success under coach Will Wade, winning the SEC in 2019.

Tigers Odds

Tulane Green Wave Men's Basketball

The Green Wave have yet to gather any momentum since joining the AAC, with an NCAA Tournament drought that dates back to 1995. That year, they were a 9-seed and upset BYU in the first round.

Green Wave Odds

Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Men's Basketball

The Ragin' Cajuns' men's basketball team has won the Sun Belt three times, most recently in 2018, and appeared in 10 NCAA Tournaments, with the most recent appearance coming in 2014. Their last tournament victory came in 1992 when they upset No. 4-seed Oklahoma in the first round.

Cajuns Odds

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Men's Basketball

The Warhawks have competed in the Sun Belt Conference since 2006 and have yet to register a winning record or NCAA Tournament since becoming members. Their last tournament appearance came in 1996.

Warhawks Odds

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Men's Basketball

Despite winning Conference USA regular-season titles in both 2014 and 2015, the Bulldogs are currently in the midst of an NCAA Tournament drought that dates back to 1991. They last won an NCAA Tournament game in 1989 when, as a 9-seed, they beat La Salle.

Bulldogs Odds

McNeese State Cowboys Men's Basketball

Since joining Division I, the Cowboys have claimed a pair of Southland Conference championships, in 1989 and 2002, and those double as their only NCAA Tournament appearances. They are 0-2 in those appearances.

McNeese State Cowboys Odds

New Orleans Privateers Men's Basketball

Under current coach Mark Slessinger, the Privateers in 2017 snapped a 21-year NCAA Tournament drought, making the First Four where they lost to Mount St. Mary's. A proving ground for established coaches such as Tim Floyd and Buzz Williams, New Orleans has won eight conference titles between stops in the American South, Sun Belt, and Southland conferences.

New Orleans Privateers Odds 

Nicholls Colonels Men's Basketball

The Colonels compete in the Southland Conference and are in the midst of an NCAA Tournament drought that dates back to 1998, which was also the year of their last conference championship. The Colonels are 0-2 in tournament history.

Nicholls Colonels Odds

Northwestern State Demons Men's Basketball

The Demons entered the national scene for the first time in 2001 when they were the first team to win one of the NCAA Tournament's "Opening Round" games (later the First Four). Five years later as a 14-seed, the Demons shocked Big Ten champion and No. 3-seed Iowa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Northwestern State Demons Odds

Southeastern Louisiana Lions Men's Basketball

The Lions' one and only Southland championship and one and only NCAA Tournament appearance came in 2005. They made the NIT in 2018 and lost to Saint Mary's in the first round.

Lions Odds

Southern Jaguars Men's Basketball

The Jaguars have made 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, with their one win coming in a 1993 upset of Georgia Tech. The Jaguars most recently win the SWAC title in 2014 and last made the NCAA Tournament in 2016 when they lost to Holy Cross in the First Four.

Southern Jaguars Odds

Recommended resources to help you bet smartly on college basketball in Louisiana:

Other Events

Bayou Classic

The Bayou Classic is an annual showdown between the GSU Tigers and the Southern University Jaguars that will be held at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, LA.

Zurich Golf Classic

The Zurich Golf Classic is a stop on the PGA Championship Golf Circuit held in New Orleans.

More Reading on Louisiana

To supplement Action, you can find additional sports news coverage at the Advocate, the Times-Picayune and the Daily Advertiser.

Louisiana Sports Betting Destinations

Amelia Belle Casino

Belle of Baton Rouge

Boomtown Casino & Hotel New Orleans

Boomtown Casino & Hotel New Orleans is a hotel and casino located on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish in Harvey, Louisiana. It is operated by Penn National Gaming.

Boomtown Casino & Hotel Bossier City

Coushatta Casino Resort

Cypress Bayou Casino

Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino

Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport

Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino

Fair Grounds Racecourse & Slots

Golden Nugget Lake Charles

Harrah's Casino New Orleans

Harrah's Casino New Orleans is a popular spot near the foot of Canal Street, one block away from the Mississippi River.

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs

Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge

Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel & Casino

Isle of Capri Casino Lake Charles

Jena Choctaw Pines Casino

L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge

L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles

Margaritaville Resort Casino

Paragon Casino Resort

Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino Shreveport

Treasure Chest Casino

The Treasure Chest Casino is a lakeside casino location with riverboat styling.

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Louisiana Sports Betting FAQ
Commonly asked questions about sports betting in The Pelican State.
Is it legal to bet on sports in Louisiana?

Retail sports betting has been live in Louisiana since October 2021. Online sports betting is now legal as well, as mobile wagering went live on Friday, Jan. 28 at 8 a.m. CST.

Louisiana’s sports betting regulation bill was signed into law in June 2021 by Gov. John Bel Edwards, allowing as many as 41 mobile operators to enter the state.

When will online sports betting be legal in Louisiana?

Online sports betting went live on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022 at 8 a.m. CST. You need to be physically located in Louisiana to place a bet.

Who can operate online sports betting and internet gaming?
What tax rate is paid by the Louisiana casinos and tribes for onsite sports betting?

The legislation signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards indicates there will be a tax rate of 10% at onsite locations and a 15% tax on wagering through mobile apps and electronic devices.

How old do you have to be to bet in Louisiana?

You must be at least 21 years old to place a bet in Louisiana.

Will it be legal to bet on college sports in Louisiana?

Yes, betting on college sports will be permitted.

Will Bovada be legal in Louisiana?

No. Bovada is an illegal, offshore sportsbook that is not legal in any U.S. state.

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