Louisiana sports betting could launch by the end of 2021. After a voter referendum, state lawmakers passed a bill that is now waiting on the Governor’s signature to allow for legal sports betting apps in Louisiana.
Louisiana has tons of casinos spread all across the state, from brick-and-mortar locations to riverboat-style. And, soon, 55 of Louisiana’s parishes out of 64 will have legal sports betting at their disposal.
The following nine parishes voted no on sports betting legalization: Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Jackson, Lasalle, Sabine, Vermilion, West Carroll, Winn.
This page will cover everything you need to know about the current and ongoing Louisiana sports betting legalization process.
Louisiana Sports Betting Updates
June 10, 2021:
Louisiana sports betting bill was approved by the Senate matching the bill passed by the House last week. The sports betting bill will now go to the Governors desk for signature.
June 8, 2021:
The Louisiana Senate rejected amendments to Senate Bill 247, which proposes a regulatory framework for sports betting, sending it to committee. The rejected amendments would have also allowed horse race betting at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs (which was excluded from a separate bill mentioning Riverboat Casinos).
June 2, 2021:
The Louisiana State Senate approved Senate Bill 142, which approves how the state can spend any revenue earned from sports betting. This is the next step in the process of creating the legal and regulatory framework for betting in Louisiana. This bill, one of several making its way through the legislative process, will be sent to the House for consideration. It’s possible that Louisiana sports betting could launch before the start of the 2021-22 NFL season.
May 26, 2021:
Louisiana House Bill 697 was passed and sent to the governor for signature. This house bill addressed various aspects of sports wagering, one of several bills being considered to effectuate betting in the state. The bill included taxation provisions as well as a requirement that anyone offering mobile betting must geofence so as not to allow betting in one of the parishes where sportsbooks are prohibited.
May 25, 2021:
Senate Bill 247 advanced, and the House is now preparing for a final vote to approve it. This bill specifically provides for no more than 20 licenses, with the state’s retail casinos and racetracks getting first dibs.
February 19, 2021:
The Louisiana Gaming Control Board began accepting applications for daily fantasy sports licenses. Expected providers include DraftKings DFS, FanDuel DFS, and Monkey Knife Fight.
November 4, 2020:
The Louisiana Gaming Control Board is tasked with hammering out regulations regarding sports betting in the state. Past agendas and upcoming agendas are posted on the site.
November 3, 2020:
Each of Louisiana’s 64 parishes voted yes or no on legalized sports betting. Most parishes voted yes, but nine voted no, meaning over 4 million Louisianans will have legal sports betting in their area. But folks in the nine parishes that voted no can still travel to other parishes to bet.
The current known details around sports betting in Louisiana are very vague. For example, we have no idea whether mobile or online sports betting will be permitted or if players will be restricted to betting at the 24 casinos located throughout the state.
Just deciding on these things is not enough. Lawmakers will need to pass two bills in total, one of which will deal with regulation and another which will deal with the tax rate.
However, this news is ultimately good for fans of sports betting. It means wagering is coming, even if it may take some months yet.
Top Sports Betting Sites Coming To Louisiana
Based on the existing landscape of the Louisiana betting scene, here’s a quick look at what sports betting apps and sites could launch in the state. However, a lot of this depends on whether or not Louisiana bettors will have access to online sportsbooks or only in-person betting. If the state launches in-person retail sportsbooks first, online sportsbooks won’t be far behind.
Sportsbook App Associated Company Partner Casinos Notes
BetRivers Rush Street Gaming Coushatta Casino Resort Rush Street Interactive, owner of BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse, has a social sports betting partnership with Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, which owns Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, Louisiana.
William Hill Caesars Entertainment Belle of Baton Rouge, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, Harrah’s New Orleans, Horseshoe Bossier City Caesars Entertainment, which owns William Hill US, operates these Gaming and Leisure Properties-owned casinos.
BetMGM Boyd Gaming Amelia Belle, Delta Downs, Evangeline Downs, Sam's Town Shreveport, Treasure Chest BetMGM and Boyd Gaming have a multi-state market access partnership that includes Louisiana.
Golden Nugget Golden Nugget Golden Nugget Lake Charles Golden Nugget could launch Golden Nugget Sportsbook, Borgata Sportsbook, or both depending on how regulations take shape.
TwinSpires Churchill Downs Fair Grounds Race Course Churchill Downs owns both Fair Grounds Race Course and TwinSpires, which offers horse race betting in most US states and sports betting and casino gaming in a handful of territories.
Barstool Sportsbook Penn National Gaming Boomtown Bossier City, Boomtown New Orleans, L'Auberge Casino Baton Rouge, L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, Margaritaville Resort Casino Penn National Gaming owns these casinos as well as Barstool Sportsbook, which is available in Illinois, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, and it will be in Colorado and New Jersey soon.
How To Place A Bet In Louisiana
Details about the upcoming sports betting industry in Louisiana are extremely vague. We do not yet know whether players will be able to participate in sports wagering online or only by visiting a brick-and-mortar casino.
We also don’t know whether Louisiana will require players to register at a partnered casino before they can place a wager with a mobile sportsbook.
Let’s break down the registration and wagering process either way so you’re prepared when your favorite sportsbook arrives.
Download The App
If mobile sports wagering is allowed in Louisiana, you’ll first need to download the app of your choice. If you have an iPhone, all you need to do is search for the app you want to use with the App Store. Then you can download the app and it will automatically install on your device.
As of March 2021, Android users can do the same with Google Play store, which now allows gambling apps on a case-by-case basis. However, the approval process is slow-going, so it might be a while before most major sportsbook apps are on the platform.
If you can’t find your app on Google Play, you can visit the primary website of your chosen sportsbook, and download the app manually from a dedicated download page.
Either way, downloading the app will also mean downloading geolocation software. This software will prevent you from placing a wager outside state lines or from within a parish that did not legalize sports betting.
Register For Your Sportsbook
Downloading your favorite app is just the start. You’ll then need to register for the sportsbook and provide the operator with pieces of personal information to prove your identity. These include your physical address, date of birth, and Social Security number.
If Louisiana requires in-person registration, you’ll also need to visit the partnered land-based or riverboat casino that oversees your sportsbook app. Then you can verify your identity and complete the registration process.
If things go more fortunately, players will finish the registration process online from anywhere, and a visit to a physical location will not be required.
Fund Your Account
You won’t be able to place a wager unless you fund your account. Most sportsbooks will offer the best deposit methods for sports betting apps, which include PayPal, online bank transfer, and PayNearMe.
When funding your account, be sure to check out any opening bonuses that may apply if your new player. Opening bonuses have the potential to more than double your initial wagering cash depending on the terms and conditions of the bonus.
For instance, a deposit match bonus will reward you for funding your account with more money right off the bat, such as the 100% deposit match up to $250 from BetRivers Sportsbook. However, the more common offer is a risk-free first bet, such as the FanDuel Sportsbook welcome bonus of a risk-free bet up to $1,000.
However, be sure that you’re aware of any bonus terms and conditions, such as time limitations. Many sportsbook bonuses require you to use the bonus within a week or so, or they may only apply to certain types of bets with particular odds values.
Place A Wager
Once there’s money in your account, you can navigate through your chosen sportsbook to the betting line or market you have in mind and start betting. Simply click the odds, type in your bet, then add it to your betslip to lock in your wager.
Louisiana Legal Sportsbooks
Even though it may be tempting to participate in sports betting via illegal websites, it’s a bad idea.
For one, illegal betting sites don’t have good digital security and your personal information may be at risk for theft. Identity theft affects many people every year, but you can lower your risk by only using legal and regulated sportsbooks.
Offshore betting sites also usually have bad odds or wagering activities. Furthermore, there’s nothing stopping them from taking the money you fund into your account. They like to hide terms and conditions that they can then point to if they feel so inclined. But, usually, they’ll just take without an explanation.
It’s a much better bet to wait for legal sportsbooks to come to Louisiana. Licensed and regulated sportsbooks will be overseen bu the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, which prevents operators from taking your money or putting your personal information at risk.
Plus, the wagering experience of licensed mobile sportsbooks is always better. They provide player-friendly odds, regular promotions, and much better betting markets, so you can place wagers for whatever games or leagues you have in mind.
Louisiana Sports Betting Revenue
It’s difficult to determine exactly the kind of sports betting revenue the Louisiana state government will gain after the industry launches. However, the Louisiana legislature’s economist, Greg Albrecht, has indicated that Mississippi’s overall gambling market gained almost $8 million of revenue in December 2020 alone. Mississippi is a neighboring state, so it serves as a good measuring stick against which we can estimate Louisiana’s future gains.
Furthermore, legal sports betting in Mississippi provided almost $1 million of that revenue according to recent statistics. Therefore, it’s safe to say that Louisiana will, at the bare minimum, gain several million dollars of state revenue from adding sports betting to its already developed gambling industry.
This is doubly true if the state launches mobile or online sports wagering instead of limiting the activity to riverboat and other casinos. The state government is aware of this possibility, which increases the likelihood of mobile sports wagering coming with the industry’s launch.
Louisiana’s sports betting journey has been a bit different compared to other states. For instance, it moved relatively quickly after 2018 when PASPA was struck down by the Supreme Court. It had a sports betting legalization bill on the table in 2019, although it didn’t get enough support to be legalized at that time.
Then Louisiana left the decision in the hands of its residents instead of up to lawmakers. There have been a few other states that have followed this route, such as Georgia. The effort was successful – voters in the majority of Louisiana’s parishes will be able to enjoy sports betting sometime in the near future.
But this legalization method is also distinct since it leaves out nine Louisiana parishes. Therefore, sports betting will be distributed unevenly throughout the state. Most of the districts that did not vote for sports betting are in the northern part of the state.
Now that sports betting is legalized, it falls to lawmakers to finalize the details. Currently, it looks as though sports betting will arrive in both online and retail formats, which is ideal for sports betting operators and sports bettors alike.
Gamblers will have multiple avenues in which to enjoy sports wagering, including mobile apps, desktop sites, and retail casino locations found inside the state’s land-based casinos and famous riverboat casino cruises.
Louisiana Betting Successes And Failures
Louisiana Sports Betting Success
Louisiana’s sports betting successes are sparse at the moment, as the industry hasn’t launched yet. But the state has a thriving land-based and riverboat casino market, including five different properties in New Orleans alone. That’s a success compared to most other US states in and of itself.
Most parishes also authorized the legalization of daily fantasy sports, although fewer than those that legalized sports betting.
Either way, Louisiana successful legalized both sports betting and daily fantasy sports across most of the state, which is also a noteworthy success in a largely conservative state.
Thus, Louisiana’s sports betting effort has so far been successful, even if it hasn’t been particularly fast or encompassing of the entire state.
Where Could Louisiana Improve Online Gambling
Louisiana doesn’t offer any other online gambling or gaming activities save for daily fantasy sports. Interestingly, DFS was legalized in a similar parish by parish ballot measure, where individual communities could vote on whether to allow the industry.
Louisiana could improve its online gambling sphere by allowing for both online casino games and poker sites. At the moment, players are restricted to social casinos and poker sites, such as Chumba Casino and Global Poker. These sites are legal because players bet with sweeps coins rather than cash; however, sweeps coins can be directly exchanged for cash prizes.
If Louisiana decides to update its online gambling laws, it’s likely that it’ll leave the decision up to the parishes again. This will allow different parishes to legalize or outlaw additional online gambling activities.
Legalization Effort In Louisiana
Although Louisiana’s legalization effort has moved rapidly, it was stalled for some time after 2018. It took an entire year after the removal of PASPA for Louisiana lawmakers to create a bill that would legalize both sports betting and daily fantasy sports.
Only DFS was legalized, and only because the measure was kicked to an individual parish ballot. Fewer parishes allow daily fantasy sports compared to the number of parishes that now allow sports betting.
After the sports betting bill was not legalized in 2019, the Louisiana legislature instead decided to move the question of legalization to the November 2020 ballot. Fortunately for sports wagering fans, 56 of 64 parishes voted to legalize the activity in their communities.
The legislature only needed one parish to approve of legal sports betting, however. When most parishes agreed to legalize it, lawmakers in Louisiana started moving toward questions of licensure, regulation, and tax rates.
Unfortunately, little of the language from the initial 2019 bill was kept, requiring lawmakers to return to the drawing board and come up with regulatory details from scratch. Despite this, there is a significant amount of governmental and resident goodwill toward legalization, so decisions will likely be made over the next few months instead of stalled in debates.
We aren’t sure where the government is leaning when it comes to questions like whether mobile sports betting will be allowed or whether collegiate sports betting will be allowed. But we should receive answers and clarifications in the near future, months before sports betting actually launches.
Timeline Of Louisiana Sports Betting
- 2018 – The Supreme Court rules PASPA unconstitutional
- 2019 – The Louisiana legislature proposes a bill to legalize sports betting and daily fantasy sports, but the former fails to pass
- 2020 – The Louisiana legislature pushes through SB 130, which sets a parish-by-parish referendum vote attached to the November 2020 electoral ballot
- November 2020 – The majority of Louisiana parishes approve the sports betting measure, legalizing sports betting throughout most of the state. This then requires lawmakers to work out the details of regulation and taxation
- April 2021 – Two bills regarding sports betting regulations were introduced in the State Senate and referred to committee, a big step forward for the launch of legal sportsbooks in Louisiana
- May & June 2021 – A series of bills effectuating the rules and regulations make their way through the State Senate and House and are sent to the governor’s desk for signature.
Louisiana Professional Sports Teams
Louisiana is home to professional sports teams with dedicated fans. Many of these teams have supported sports betting legalization in the past, and some of them may be contenders for partnership with various operators.
The state has two professional teams for the NFL and the NBA, respectively: the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. Fans of both teams may enjoy special promotions at their favorite sportsbooks when they launch depending on who is partnered with who and what season is currently in-swing.
It’s unlikely that Louisiana will place any limitations on professional sports leagues and games when sports betting finally launches. Professional sports betting is usually allowed without restrictions on bet types or lengths, for example. Therefore, expect wagers for football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and more.
Louisiana College Sports Teams
Louisiana bettors will likely be able to bet on college sports in some capacity. However, some states put restrictions on the types of bets you can place on college sports. In states like Illinois and New Jersey, you can’t bet on in-state college teams.
Louisiana has a handful of popular college football teams from major universities like Louisiana Tech, LSU, and more. Many Louisiana residents love supporting their favorite teams and may wish to place wagers on their activities or special games.
We’ll have to wait and see how college betting will take shape in the Pelican State.
Other Sports To Bet On In Louisiana
In addition to major sports leagues and games, such as football, baseball, and basketball, sportsbooks that come to Louisiana will also allow you to place wagers on other activities or leagues. These include cricket, darts, NASCAR, and various types of fighting matches, such as MMA and UFC fights.
Bigger sportsbooks with more developed betting markets may even let you place wagers on other stuff, such as rugby, Aussie rules football, and eSports. You’ll need to research the sportsbook of your choice to see what bets you’ll be able to make when they receive licensure.
Louisiana Sports Betting FAQs
Technically, yes. Most Louisiana parishes voted to legalize sports betting in some form. However, no sportsbooks have launched yet, and it is still unknown whether it will be online sports betting, in-person sports betting, or both.
This is also not yet known, but it likely will be in some form or another. Betting on college sports is one of the details that must be ironed out by Louisiana lawmakers. Most likely, Louisiana will restrict bets on in-state college sports but allow betting on out-of-state college teams.
No. As with most other sportsbooks, the geolocation software that will track your location only requires you to be within state lines to use the app. You don’t necessarily need to live in Louisiana.
Since Louisiana is a special case, it’ll also track whether you’re in a legal parish. Some parishes will not allow sports betting, so you’ll need to either skip across parish lines or go to another state if you live in one of these areas.
Yes, so long as it is licensed and regulated. Licensed sportsbooks may only receive licensure if they have up-to-date digital security and insurance for their users, which covers players in the event of theft. Louisiana’s sports betting industry will be regulated by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.
Yes, but it currently only offers daily fantasy sports. DraftKings is one of the most likely sportsbook operators to pursue licensure immediately after applications become available since it already has a fan base in this state.
21. While age requirement for sports betting in Louisiana hasn’t been set yet, the gambling age in LA is 21 and up. The age requirement for online betting in most other states is 21 as well with few exceptions.