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Louisiana Sports Betting Guide: Launch Updates For Online Sportsbooks

Updated: October 14, 2021

Sports betting in Louisiana will be available soon in 56 of the state’s 64 parishes, perhaps in time for most of the 2021 NFL season.

Thanks to voters’ approval in a November 2020 referendum, Governor John Bel Edwards was able to sign sports betting into law in June 2021.

Home of 4.6 million people and two professional sports teams, Louisiana has a long, complicated history with gambling, but is sure to be a thriving sports betting market in the future.

Sports Betting Dime will keep you up to speed with the latest updates so you’ll know when, where, and how to place your first wager in Louisiana.

Let’s take a closer look at everything you need to know about betting on sports in the Pelican State.

Key Info: Louisiana Sports Betting Scouting Report

Let’s warm up with the basics of legal sports betting in Louisiana. Here are the key details sports bettors should know.

Sports Betting Legalized: June 22, 2021

Expected Launch: Fall 2021

Platforms: Online and retail

Number of Licenses: Up to 41 online operators

Expected Sportsbooks: DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM

Age Requirement: 21+

It’s important to note that sports wagering will only be available in the parishes that voted for it in the 2020 referendum, at least for the time being. We’ll discuss this in detail in the coming sections.

 

When Will Sports Betting Launch in Louisiana?

Louisiana sportsbooks and regulators are working closely towards launching in time for the start of the NFL season in September. If for some reason this is not possible, expect sports betting to go live later in 2021 or early in 2022.

In the meantime, Louisiana sports bettors can make the short trip to either Arkansas or Mississippi, where retail sports gambling has already launched.

 

Expected Sports Betting Sites & Apps in Louisiana

Here are the sportsbooks we know will be entering Louisiana when they launch online sports betting.

BetMGM Louisiana

BetMGM Louisiana is poised to be one of the most prominent sports betting brands in the state. Thanks to a multi-state access partnership with Boyd Gaming, BetMGM will have a retail sportsbook at five Louisiana casinos: Amelia Belle, Delta Downs, Evangeline Downs, Sam’s Town Shreveport, and Treasure Chest. BetMGM Louisiana should be among the first sports betting apps to open its virtual doors when the Pelican State launches legal sports betting. Louisianans can expect a reliable, clean platform with some of the best lines across a huge variety of sports. BetMGM’s ongoing promotions and contests are sure to generate some buzz, especially with actor Jamie Foxx serving as brand ambassador.

DraftKings Louisiana Sportsbook

DraftKings recently received the first Daily Fantasy Sports license in Louisiana, and we have no doubts DraftKings Sportsbook will be among the first to launch in the Pelican State as well. As one of the biggest and most marketed sportsbooks in America, DraftKings is already a household name in Louisiana. The brand donated $250,000 to the “Louisiana Wins” campaign to legalize sports betting, demonstrating their commitment to the LA market. DraftKings is the top-ranked sportsbook in the US for a reason and will undoubtedly be a favorite amongst Louisianans. Sports bettors can look forward to enticing promotions and a user-friendly experience with DraftKings Louisiana.

FanDuel Louisiana Sportsbook

FanDuel has one of the largest market shares of any sportsbook in America. The brand spent $250,000 to help the “Louisiana Wins” campaign to legalize sports betting in Louisiana and already has a corporate partnership with the New Orleans Pelicans. There’s no doubt FanDuel will do whatever it takes to launch its sportsbook in the Pelican State. Louisianans can look forward to placing wagers on-the-go with one of the most intuitive and visually appealing mobile betting apps around. Bettors who enjoy the rapid pace of live, in-game wagering will appreciate both the array of in-play betting options and the speed and smoothness of the FanDuel Sportsbook LA app.

PointsBet Louisiana

PointsBet made a splash this summer by signing New Orleans Saints legend Drew Brees as a brand ambassador. The move also served to deepen the brand’s national partnership with NBC Sports, where Brees now works as a broadcaster. Having the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards and a Super Bowl MVP on board in a multi-year partnership will surely help PointsBet attract new customers when sports betting launches in Louisiana. New and experienced bettors alike will appreciate the creativity and innovation at PointsBet Sportsbook, as well as well-priced odds and engaging promotions. Louisianans can also try out an entirely new form of waging called PointsBetting!

Barstool Sportsbook Louisiana

Barstool Sportsbook should have easy access to the Louisiana sports betting market given its ties to Penn National Gaming. Penn National has a 36 percent stake in Barstool and also owns and operates five casinos in Louisiana. That list includes the Boomtown Casinos in New Orleans and Bossier City, L’Auberge Casinos in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, and Margaritaville Resort Casino. While Barstool is a polarizing brand, it has a large and loyal social media following that will surely help the Barstool Sportsbook take off in Louisiana. Watch out for buzz-worthy promotions and plenty of engaging content.

FOX Bet Louisiana

As a national sportsbook backed by the power of a media giant, FOX Bet is likely looking to move into the pending Louisiana sports betting market. With competitive welcome offers for new users, along with ongoing promos tied into FOX Sports, FOX Bet has the potential to attract the massive FOX viewership over to their sportsbook. Louisiana will allow each casino in the state to hold two online sports betting skins, and with the state lottery also receiving an online license, there could be up to 41 online sportsbooks active in the Bayou State. It’s hard to imagine FOX Bet won’t secure one of these licenses, but we’ll keep you updated with all the latest information.

WynnBET Louisiana

WynnBET are starting to make a name for themselves in the US sports betting scene, and there’s good reason to believe they’ll be trying to do more of the same in Louisiana. Already a huge force in the world of casinos, WynnBET are translating their expertise to the digital gaming world and attracting thousands of eager sports bettors to their sportsbook. Having already signed an official partnership in Michigan with the NFL’s Detroit Lions, along with brand ambassador deals with professional athletes like Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and Tim Howard, look for WynnBET Louisiana to maintain a strong presence in the Bayou State as sports wagering grows.

Louisiana Sports Betting Apps: Everything You Need to Know

Mobile betting apps offer sports fans the convenience of placing a bet from their living room, the sports bar, or the stadium.

The good news is, even though other online gaming options were previously prohibited statewide, Louisiana has legalized mobile sports betting. With up to 41 online licenses available, bettors can expect to see many of the top sportsbooks in the country available in Louisiana.

Here are some of the sports betting apps we expect to see in the starting lineup win Louisiana sports betting goes live:

Betting App Learn More
DraftKings LA Sportsbook Read Review
FanDuel LA Sportsbook Read Review
BetMGM LA Sportsbook Read Review
PointsBet LA Sportsbook Read Review
Caesars LA Sportsbook Read Review

Best Louisiana Sportsbook Promos

Most American betting apps and online sportsbooks provide an assortment of promotions and bonus offers as a way to stand out in an increasingly competitive market. These offers change frequently and can add significant amounts to your bankroll.

Taking advantage of lucrative welcome bonuses is a great reason to register with an online sportsbook, even if you plan to do most of your betting in-person at a casino.

Check back here to stay up-to-date with the latest Louisiana sportsbook promotions as sports betting goes live in the state.

Latest Updates and Louisiana Sports Betting News

Check back frequently for the latest updates on legal sports betting in Louisiana.

  • October 6, 2021: Betfred Sports announced an official partnership with the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, LA. This deal is expected to usher in retail sports betting in Louisiana, as a brick-and-mortar wagering location will open to the public at 3pm CST on Wednesday, October 6.
  • October 1, 2021: Two major sportsbooks officially secured market access in the state of Louisiana, as WynnBET and Caesars Sportsbook announced they’ve been approved in the Bayou State.
  • September 27, 2021: Louisiana is on track to launch in-person betting sometime in October 2021. Mobile and online sports wagering is expected to follow in the months after the launch of retail sports betting.
  • September 17, 2021: Caesars Sportsbook announced a partnership with the LSU athletics department. Caesars Sportsbook will receive naming rights to the Caesars Sportsbook Skyline Club at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • August 19, 2021: Louisiana Gaming Control Board unanimously adopts emergency Louisiana sports betting rules. The rules will go into effect on August 23 and effective for 180 days, or until permanent rules are adopted. If no permanent rules are adopted Louisiana will not be able to launch on NFL opening day.
  • July 23, 2021: Governor John Bel Edwards names Senator Ronnie Johns of Lake Charles as the new chair of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, an important step towards the launch of legal sports betting in the Pelican State this fall. Senator Johns, a Republican, subsequently resigned from his Senate seat to begin his new position immediately.
  • June 22, 2021: With his approval of Senate Bill 247, Governor John Bel Edwards signs sports betting into law. It is to be enacted on July 1, 2021, and will become Act 440.
  • June 9, 2021: Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Mike Noel resigned from his position, which could delay the Pelican State’s plans to launch sports betting in September. Final rules and regulations for sports wagering cannot be implemented until the Board has a new leader.
  • June 4, 2021: Governor John Bel Edwards signs House Bill 697. It is enacted as Act 80.
  • June 3, 2021: Senate Bill 247 was approved by the House by a vote of 78-15. Last-minute amendments will require approval from the Senate before being sent to Governor John Bel Edwards for final approval.
  • May 26, 2021: House Bill 697 is sent to the Governor for executive approval. It outlines the tax rate and licensing fee structure for Louisiana sports betting.
  • May 11, 2021: Legislators advanced a bill regulating online and retail sports betting. It could be put to a full vote in the Senate later in May or early June. However, both this bill and its companion tax bill must be approved in both chambers before legal wagering can begin.
  • February 19, 2021: After more than a two-year wait, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board begins accepting applications for daily fantasy sports operator licenses. The approval process will reportedly take 60 to 90 days.
  • November 3, 2020: Voters approve of sports betting in 56 of 64 Louisiana parishes on Election Day.

Where to Bet on Sports in Louisiana

With sports betting signed into law in June 2021, legal sports betting should launch in most of Louisiana later in 2021.

The table below shows the eight parishes where sports betting will not be permitted, their populations, and the percentage of voters who voted “yes” to sports betting.

Parish Population Voted YES
Caldwell 9,960 47.89%
Catahoula 9,608 47.97%
Franklin 20,156 48.48%
La Salle 14,917 39.48%
Sabine 24,032 49.04%
Union 22,108 49.81%
West Carroll 10,982 43.66%
Winn 14,134 47.42%

It has been suggested that geofencing technology will be used to restrict people from betting when physically within a parish where sports betting is not authorized.

Furthermore, as not every parish that approved sports betting has its own casino, Republican Senator Cameron Henry, who sponsored SB 130, hinted that sports betting might not be limited to casinos or online in the future. Senator Henry told Fox 8 he sees “bars and restaurants really teaming up with in-state or out-of-state companies to say we’re going to be responsible for allowing your customers to do sports wagering.”

Louisiana Retail Sportsbooks: Wagering In-Person at Casinos

Online sports betting is typically the most convenient way to wager, but visiting a casino and placing your bets in-person has its own unique appeal. Watching the action unfold on the sportsbook floor can be exhilarating, especially during major events like March Madness or the Super Bowl.

For those who want to enjoy the brick-and-mortar wagering experience, Louisiana has more than 20 casinos and several horse racing tracks, or racinos. They are scattered all around the state, so you’re likely never more than a couple of hours’ drive from a retail betting location. Even if you do most of your betting online, you don’t want to miss out on the full southern riverboat casino experience.

Find the full name, address, and hours of operation of Louisiana’s 23 casinos below. Unsurprisingly, all of these casinos are in parishes that supported sports betting. Therefore, each of these casinos will likely be licensed for retail sports betting in the near future.

Casino Address Hours*
Amelia Belle Casino 500 Lake Palourde Rd, Amelia, LA 70340 Daily: 9am to 3am
Belle of Baton Rouge 103 France St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802 Open 24/7
Boomtown Casino & Hotel Bossier City 300 Riverside Dr, Bossier City, LA 71111 Daily: 9am to 3am
Boomtown Casino New Orleans 4132 Peters Rd, Harvey, LA 70058 Daily: 8am to 5am
Coushatta Casino Resort 777 Coushatta Dr, Kinder, LA 70648 Open 24/7
Cypress Bayou Casino 832 Martin Luther King Rd, Charenton, LA 70523 Daily: 10am to 2am
Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino 2717 Delta Downs Dr, Vinton, LA 70668 Open 24/7
Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport 451 Clyde Fant Pkwy, Shreveport, LA 71101 Open 24/7
Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino 2235 Creswell Ln, Opelousas, LA 70570 Open 24/7
Fair Grounds Racecourse & Slots 1751 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70119 Monday to Saturday: 9am to 12am
Sunday: 10am to 12am
Golden Nugget Lake Charles 2550 Golden Nugget Blvd, Lake Charles, LA 70601 Open 24/7
Harrah’s Louisiana Downs 8000 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA 71111 Open 24/7
Harrah’s New Orleans 8 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130 Open 24/7
Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge 1717 River Rd North, Baton Rouge, LA 70802 Open 24/7
Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel & Casino 711 Horseshoe Blvd, Bossier City, LA 71111 Open 24/7
Isle of Capri Casino Lake Charles 100 Westlake Avenue Westlake, LA 70669 Open 24/7
Jena Choctaw Pines Casino 149 Chahta Trails, Dry Prong, LA 71423 Open 24/7
L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge 777 L’Auberge Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70820 Open 24/7
L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles 777 Ave L’Auberge, Lake Charles, LA 70601 Open 24/7
Margaritaville Resort Casino 777 Margaritaville Way, Bossier City, LA 71111 Open 24/7
Paragon Casino Resort 711 Paragon Pl, Marksville, LA 71351 Open 24/7
Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino Shreveport 315 Clyde Fant Pkwy, Shreveport, LA 71101 Sunday to Thursday: 8am to 2am
Friday: 8am to 12am
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Treasure Chest Casino 5050 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA 70065 Sunday to Monday: 8am to 2am
Friday & Saturday: 8am to 3am

*Hours are subject to change due to COVID-19

Sports Betting Dime will provide status updates as they become available.

Louisiana Sports Betting Rules & Restrictions

Now that sports betting has been legalized in Louisiana, there are some key rules and regulations sports bettors should be aware of. Here’s what we know so far:

  • You will not need to be a Louisiana resident to wager with LA sportsbooks
  • You must be at least 21 years old to gamble
  • You must be physically located within Louisiana when placing a wager (geolocation will be required when betting online)
  • Remote registration will be permitted
  • College sports betting will be allowed

Check back here for updates on:

  • What types of sporting events are eligible to be wagered on
  • What types of wagers are allowed
  • Notable exceptions and restrictions

Licenses and Taxes: The Business of LA Sports Betting

Louisiana has taken a progressive approach to legal sports betting. Here’s what we know about the business end of the state’s regulatory framework so far.

  • Sportsbook operators will be charged a tax rate of 10 percent on retail sports wagering and 15 percent on online betting
  • There will be up to 41 online sports betting licenses available

We expect more information to become available shortly.

Louisiana Sports Betting FAQs

Can you bet on sports in Louisiana?

Sports betting is legal in Louisiana, but it’s not available yet. Legal sportsbooks are expected to launch sometime in fall 2021 or early in 2022.

Will mobile sports betting be allowed in Louisiana?

Yes, Louisiana’s sports betting bills will allow for mobile sports betting.

How many casinos are in Louisiana?

There are 20 state-regulated casinos and three tribal casinos in Louisiana. Many of these are inside re-purposed riverboats, and all are in parishes that supported sports betting.

How much revenue will sports betting raise in Louisiana?

A comprehensive report commissioned by the State of Louisiana projects sports betting could generate between $237 million and $332 million in revenue annually. With a tax rate ranging from 10 to 15 percent, the state could generate upwards of $40-50 million in tax revenue each year. You can track a monthly report on Louisiana revenue projections here.

Which pro sports teams play in Louisiana?

The biggest and most popular sports teams in Louisiana are the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans and the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.

Local Teams Worth Betting On

Fun fact: Louisiana holds the distinction of being the least populous American state with more than one professional sports team. Get ready to place a legal bet at a Louisiana sportsbook in late 2021 by researching these two local teams:

  • New Orleans Pelicans
  • New Orleans Saints

The state is also home to several popular Division I college sports teams, including the LSU Tigers and Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. Whether or not Louisiana will allow wagers on in-state college teams remains to be seen.

Betting with your head and not your heart is the foundation of responsible gambling. That said, Sports Betting Dime understands it’s natural for fans to want to wager on their favorite teams.

Our comprehensive betting tools and editorial coverage are here to help you make informed wagers no matter which teams you support.

Visit SBD Sharp to find detailed return on investment data for any NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL, or college football and basketball teams.

Legal Sports Betting in Louisiana: How We Got Here

The vast majority of Louisiana voters approved of sports betting in a referendum in November 2020. As a result, legal sportsbooks are projected to launch in this southern state later in 2021 or early in 2022.

The question posed to voters was straightforward:

“Shall sports wagering activities and operations be permitted in the parish of _____________?”

The ballot measure passed overwhelmingly in 56 of 64 parishes, meaning bettors will eventually be able to bet on sports in those areas. Notably, sports betting received more voter support than daily fantasy sports (DFS) did in a similar 2018 referendum, which passed in 47 parishes.

The parishes where the referendum did not pass will not allow sports betting and likely will not be able to take advantage of the state revenue collected either. Those eight parishes are:

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

Approximately 125,000 people live in parishes where sports betting will not be authorized at this time.

The infographic below shows areas of Louisiana where sports betting will be legalized and the parishes that will not permit the activity at this time.

Obtaining voter support was a critical step in the process of legalizing sports betting in Louisiana. However, before any legal wagering can begin, lawmakers needed to spell out specific rules and regulations for the sports betting industry, such as licensing procedures, tax rates, platforms and bet types permitted, etc.

When the Louisiana state legislature resumed in April 2021, lawmakers acted swiftly to answer these questions. Two bills setting up rules and taxation structures for sports betting have been signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards. Both retail and online sports betting will be allowed, with the hope of launching before the end of the 2021 NFL season.

There are more than 20 casinos that will presumably seek licenses to offer sports betting within Louisiana. Online operators such as DraftKings and FanDuel donated $250,000 each to the legalization campaign (Louisiana Wins) and are undoubtedly preparing to launch in LA.

Louisiana Sports Betting History

It should be no surprise that sports betting is on the horizon for Louisiana when you consider the long history of gambling in the state. Gambling has been taking place in Louisiana for hundreds of years, long before they were part of the United States and even during times when laws were technically against it.

Casinos have long been prevalent in the state and betting on horse races was made legal in the 1920s. The state lottery returned in 1990, and soon after, the state legalized 15 riverboat casinos and the use of video poker machines in places like restaurants, bars, convenience stores, and even truck stops.

The American Gaming Association estimates gambling has an annual economic impact of $6.1 billion in Louisiana.

Ever since the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was overturned by the Supreme Court on May 14, 2018 – allowing each state to create its own laws and regulations for sports wagering – Louisiana lawmakers have been busy in their attempts to bring legalized sports betting to the Pelican State.

Two alternate Senate bills were considered before SB 130 was signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards on June 11, 2020. Once signed, the bill became Act No. 215, which authorized putting sports betting to a parish-by-parish referendum vote on the November 2020 ballot. The vote passed in the vast majority of parishes, paving the way for sports betting to launch in Louisiana later in 2021 or early in 2022.

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