Last updated: July 5, 2022
Louisiana sports betting is legal and live.
On Jan. 28, 2022, BetMGM, Caesars, and DraftKings were among the six apps that took their first official bets online in the state. There are now seven live mobile sportsbooks in the state.
Retail sports betting launched in the state Oct. 31, 2021. The Louisiana Lottery expects to be ready in 2022 with its sports betting product.
New sports bettors can take advantage of bonus offers from several online sportsbooks.
Top online sports betting apps in Louisiana
What’s happening in Louisiana sports betting right now
- July 1, 2022 — Louisiana sports betting licensees are limited to a $5 million deduction per year for free play credits, no matter how many sportsbooks are tied to the license. A “clean-up bill” was passed during the legislative session to clarify the original legislation’s intent for promotion deductions.
- June 28, 2022 — A new law goes into effect Aug. 1 in Louisiana that sends money in abandoned sports wagering accounts to the Unclaimed Property Fund. The money will be transferred to the fund after three years of account dormancy following a user’s death.
- June 16, 2022 — Louisiana sportsbooks took $171.1 million in bets in May, according to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. Sportsbooks held 15% for $25.7 million in sports betting revenue.
- May 27, 2022 — There is an agreement between DiamondJacks Casino owner Peninsula Pacific Entertainment and potential purchaser Foundation Gaming in place. The casino has been closed for two years and could move from a riverboat to a land-based facility with the ownership change.
- May 16, 2022 — The Louisiana Gaming Control Board reported an April Louisiana handle of $208.2 million, a 10.5% drop compared to March. The sportsbooks generated $5.6 million in revenue.
- May 12, 2022 — BetMGM announced a deal with the Houston Astros. While sports betting in Texas is still illegal, the partnership utilizes Houston’s close proximity to Louisiana to offer promotions for LA customers.
- April 27, 2022 — Gambling addiction in Louisiana is on the rise, according to Janet Miller, executive director of the Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling. That comes as Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns told a Senate committee more than 500,000 people in the state have created a sports betting account.
- April 26, 2022 — BlueBet announced its market access to Louisiana through a deal with Louisiana Downs. The sportsbook does not plan to launch until the second quarter of 2023.
- April 18, 2022 — Louisiana sportsbooks took more than $232.7 million in March bets. While a drop from February, LA sportsbooks did generate $30.1 million in revenue, up from $17.3 million the month prior.
Is sports betting legal in Louisiana?
Yes. The first retail sportsbook opened in early October 2021 at a tribal-owned casino, with commercial casinos following later in the month. Online sports betting launched on Jan. 28, 2022, with Caesars, BetMGM, DraftKings and FanDuel.
Only 55 of 64 parishes are able to wager on sports. It is important to note that sports betting will only be allowed within the physical borders of those parishes. Geolocation technology within smartphones will verify the location of the bettor at the time of a wager before it is allowed.
Online sportsbooks in Louisiana
Online sports betting is available in Louisiana, with seven apps live. The legal framework allows for as many as 40 mobile sports betting apps, with each of the 20 license holders permitted two skins.
In addition, the Louisiana Lottery will also receive a mobile license and will have kiosks at bars and restaurants around the state.
Here is a list of Louisiana online sports betting sites available so far:
BetMGM Sportsbook Louisiana is now live in the state and represents the MGM Resorts company, one of the largest casino operators in the world. BetMGM offers an app with smooth navigation. Instead of offering just a Cash Out option, BetMGM uses the Edit My Bet feature to allow players to change the parts of their bets, change their bet sizes, or add additional legs to the wager. The app has its hiccups on speed, but it offers users a full array of bets.
Caesars is a familiar name for most Louisiana players between its numerous casinos and its purchase of the Superdome naming rights. The Caesars Louisiana sportsbook is live in the state and offers a solid, if a bit standard, experience. The most significant aspects of Caesars are its promotions. Between the people at Caesars and the holdovers from William Hill, there are few bets that Caesars won’t be able to handle.
DraftKings Sportsbook Louisiana is the sportsbook representing the DFS titan of the same name. It has become one of the top sports betting companies in the US in a few short years through its aggressive expansion and innovative app. Now that it is active in Louisiana, residents and visitors can experience the DK betting carousel, a feature that suggests bets customized to each player’s history and stated preferences.
FanDuel is DraftKings’ archrival and has matched or exceeded its DFS foe’s rise to glory in the gambling world. Now that the app is live, FanDuel Sportsbook Louisiana itself is considered an easy app to navigate. Even beginners should have no problem finding their way through the FanDuel app. FanDuel is also the main proponent of same game parlays, which allow parlaying wagers on the same contest. A retail FanDuel location opened up at Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino in Shreveport.
BetRivers Louisiana is the sportsbook brand for Rush Street Interactive, a casino company with online and retail casino properties throughout the United States — particularly in the northeast. While none of those locations are in Louisiana, BetRivers was one of the first apps to go live in the state. BetRivers also offers a sportsbook-specific loyalty program with its iRush Rewards, which awards players with access to increasing benefits, perks, and prizes for their continued play.
Barstool Sports is the sixth sportsbook app to launch as part of the initial wave in Louisiana. It is the sportsbook brand representing Penn National Gaming. Barstool offers a tidy app with plenty of betting options. While the app itself is difficult to navigate, it features Barstool personalities and some unique promotional opportunities. Due to Penn National’s presence in Louisiana, there are also at least five different Barstool retail books open in the state.
WynnBet was the seventh sportsbook to launch in Louisiana, just after the first wave of sportsbooks and prior to the Super Bowl in 2022. The operator gained market access through Caesars.
Other online sports betting sites coming to Louisiana
In addition to the operators listed above, there are several other companies that could conceivably become part of the Louisiana sports betting market. With the law allowing for the potential of 41 different apps, these companies have a strong chance of coming to the Pelican State:
- FOX Bet
- Golden Nugget
How to start betting in Louisiana
Although sports betting is still getting underway in Louisiana, getting started on one of its sportsbook apps can be done in a short time. Here’s how to get started:
Register for an account: After you’ve picked out a legal sportsbook, you’ll need to sign up for an account. You can do this via the desktop web application or through the sportsbook app. When registering, follow the steps and enter in any required information, including your Social Security number and age. You’ll need to accept the terms and conditions before clicking submit.
Download and install: If you signed up via your web browser, you will need to download the app to your device as you would any other type of app. The installation should occur automatically. Most Louisiana sports betting apps are available for both Android and Apple devices.
Make a deposit: Once you finish your account registration, head to the cashier (if the app doesn’t automatically take you there). Choose the deposit option that works best for your financial situation. Typical choices include credit cards, debit cards, PayPal, Skrill, electronic checks and prepaid cards.
Sportsbook bonuses in Louisiana
Because the competition is always a few seconds away, online sportsbooks in Louisiana have to offer bonuses and promotions to players all the time. Here are a few common types of bonuses that you’ll encounter on Louisiana sportsbooks:
- Free bets: Many sportsbooks offer free bets to new customers in order to give them a “test drive” on the site. After registering, you will find that your account has either site credits or bet vouchers attached to it. You cannot cash these out for their face value, but any winnings you realize from using them are yours to keep.
- Deposit bonuses: Deposit bonuses augment the funds that you place into your sportsbook account. The sportsbook adds its own site credits to your balance as either a fixed amount or a percentage. Because of the way these bonuses work, you may see them called “match” bonuses, as the sportsbook is, to a certain extent, matching you dollar-for-dollar.
- Risk-free bets: Risk-free bets seek to take away the downside of losing your wager. You place a bet, and if you win, then you win as usual. If you happen to lose, then you receive a specified percentage of your loss as a refund of site credits. For obvious reasons, these bonuses are sometimes called “insurance” promotions.
- Odds boosts: Odds boosts artificially inflate the payout on certain bets. So, you will see the original payout ratio crossed out and replaced with one that is more in your favor. These boosts rarely are more than a 20% adjustment.
Recent Louisiana sports betting news
Louisiana sports betting law
Legislators took up the task in 2021 of enacting the will of voters who approved legal sports betting in Louisiana in November 2020. The resulting laws create a robust and diverse market for online sportsbooks in Louisiana.
The regulatory framework includes 20 sports betting licenses. Those licenses allow the state’s 20 casinos and racinos to operate retail and online sports betting, including up to two mobile brands apiece. Online registration will be available, a key component when assessing the viability of mobile sports wagering in any state.
The Louisiana Lottery also receives a sports betting license, which will offer online sports betting. Through that license, sports betting kiosks can be located in bars and restaurants as well.
Most popular sports to bet on in Louisiana
Louisiana has two major professional sports teams: the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans. It is the least populous state with more than one professional sports league franchise.
In some years, LSU football can be considered on the cusp of fielding a professional-caliber team.
NFL betting in Louisiana
Who dat? The New Orleans Saints shed the ‘Aints’ nickname and forever won a place in the heart of the people of Louisiana by helping spirits rebound from the destruction of Hurricane Katrina to win their first NFL Super Bowl title in 2010.
Just don’t ask Louisiana sports bettors about that missed pass interference call that cost the Saints a trip to the 2019 Super Bowl.
NBA betting in Louisiana
The New Orleans Pelicans haven’t had much luck in their nearly 20-year history as an NBA team in the city. The team temporarily relocated to Oklahoma City after Hurricane Katrina and had the indignity of briefly having ownership taken over by the league in 2010.
NCAA betting in Louisiana
The LSU Tigers are one of the most dominant college football programs over the past two decades. Led by gritty but lovable coach Ed Orgeron, LSU won its fourth national title in 2019. QB Joe Burrow won the Heisman Trophy on the way to being the top overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Orgeron has the Tigers contending for a national championship every season, making them a popular betting option in the state.
Where to place a legal sports bet in Louisiana
Online sports betting can take place almost anywhere in Louisiana. Were it not for Louisiana’s unique legal framework, it would be available statewide. However, the decision to allow sports betting in any format occurred at the parish level, rather than the state level, and each parish got to vote on whether to allow sports betting to proceed. Most of them approved the ballot measure in November 2020, but nine parishes did not. They are:
- La Salle
- West Carroll
None of these nine parishes are home to any significant gambling locations. Most are clustered in the northeastern portion of the state, away from the state’s casinos and other gambling venues. However, you will not be able to place any sports bets from these nine areas. State regulations mandate that the sportsbook sites employ geolocation verification technology to create virtual fences around these parishes. However, the remaining 55 parishes in the Pelican State are (soon to be) available for online sports betting.
Casino sportsbooks in Louisiana
Caesars opened sportsbooks at two locations on Oct. 31, 2021 after getting approval from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. Paragon Casino’s Betfred sportsbook arrived a couple weeks before that. Here is where you can place a bet at casinos in Louisiana:
- Amelia Belle Casino (FanDuel Sportsbook, open)
- Boomtown Bossier City Casino (Barstool Sportsbook, open)
- Boomtown Casino & Hotel New Orleans (Barstool, open)
- Coushatta Casino Resort (The Rez, open)
- Delta Downs Racetrack (FanDuel, open)
- Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino (FanDuel, temporarily closed)
- Golden Nugget Lake Charles Hotel & Casino (DraftKings Sportsbook, open)
- Harrah’s Casino New Orleans (Caesars Sportsbook, open)
- L’auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge (Barstool, open)
- L’auberge Casino & Hotel Lake Charles (Barstool, open)
- Margaritaville Resort Casino Bossier City (Barstool, open)
- Paragon Casino Resort Marksville (Betfred Sports, open)
- Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel & Casino (Caesars, open)
- Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino (FanDuel, open)
- Treasure Chest Casino (FanDuel, open)
The following casinos and racinos could have sportsbooks open in the future. Other tribal casinos, like Coushatta Casino Resort, Jena Choctaw Pines, and Cypress Bayou, will likely also open sportsbooks in time (parentheses notes known partnerships):
- Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots (TwinSpires)
- Harrah’s Louisiana Downs (Caesars)
- Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel
- Bally’s Casino Shreveport (Bally Bet)
- Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge (DraftKings)
- Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Lake Charles (Caesars)
Finally, the Louisiana Lottery is going to have its own bit of sports betting available, too. For one thing, the lottery commission was allotted its very own license, though no partnership has been announced. The lottery is also permitted to place sports betting terminals at thousands of locations throughout the state, such as restaurants, bars, and truck stops. The bottom line is that unless you live in one of the nine parishes listed above, sports betting is soon to be all around you at all times.
Legal sports betting options in Louisiana
Louisianans can wager on sports at multiple commercial casinos in the state, with more sportsbooks on the way. They can also bet on sports at a tribal casino in Marksville, LA. Online sports betting is also available.
Some illegal offshore websites offer sports betting in Louisiana. Lacking oversight in the state, they can’t be counted on to pay out winnings. If you see an app or website offering sports betting on the bayou, it is operating with a US license.
The only safe and protected way to bet on sports in the US is through a licensed operator.
Louisiana and Daily Fantasy Sports
It took nearly two years for the Louisiana legislature to pass a DFS taxation bill. The state began accepting DFS operator licenses in February 2021.
Louisiana sports betting timeline
Thanks in part to the efforts of Louisiana legislators, sports betting went live at commercial casinos in October 2021, with an online launch expected several months following.
Lawmakers took up the task of creating a structure for sports betting in Louisiana after the November 2020 election set out what voters wanted.
Bills outlining taxation and regulation of sportsbooks in the Bayou State were necessary. Three sports betting bills passed during the 2021 legislative session in order to create a legal sports wagering market. Bill sponsors hope sports betting can be live during the football season.
One bill by Senate President Patrick Page Cortez outlined the regulatory framework for online and retail sports betting, including 20 licenses for the state’s casinos and racinos. Rep. John Stefanski handled the tax and fee structure, as those rules must originate in the House by law. Stefanski also added a license for the Louisiana Lottery which also allows for kiosks at local bars and restaurants. Senator Rick Ward wrote an appropriations bill, which spends the tax revenue generated by sports betting.
In August, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board passed emergency sports betting rules, effective Aug. 23. This allowed the state to start the licensing process. By October, retail sports betting commenced and the first sportsbook opened at the tribal-owned Paragon Casino. Commercial casinos opened sportsbooks shortly thereafter. Mobile sports betting went live on Jan. 28.
With Sen. Danny Martiny termed out of office, several legislators stepped in to push for Louisiana sports betting.
Some of the bills put the question of sports wagering on the ballot but also included regulatory language that limited LA sports betting to casino properties, leaving no possibility for people to bet from their homes.
Fortunately, the bill to get through from Sen. Cameron Henry merely put the issue on the ballot and set the regulatory authority as the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. It left the decision on mobile betting for 2021.
Voters ultimately chose to approve sports betting in the state in Louisiana in November in a majority of the Louisiana parishes.
Lawmakers came down to the final day of the session but failed to pass a bill that would have both put Louisiana sports betting on the ballot and provided implementation language.
Sen. Danny Martiny made a major effort to get a LA sports betting bill through.
After his S 153 to authorize sportsbooks at state casinos and racetracks was loaded with poison-pill amendments including the inclusion of video poker parlors, he shifted tactics and added the sports betting language into a DFS bill that had momentum.
Even though voters had tasked lawmakers to do a DFS bill, it couldn’t get support on the final day.
Louisiana sports betting FAQ
Who oversees Louisiana sports betting?
The Louisiana Gaming Control Board regulates sports betting in the state.
Is mobile sports betting available in Louisiana?
Yes, 2021 Louisiana sports betting legislation allowed for mobile sports wagering. There could be more than 40 potential brands in the state. Wagering must take place within an approved parish. Mobile sports betting apps launched on Jan. 28, 2022.
There are some sports betting websites that say they accept bets from the United States. Are those legal options?
No. Any website that accepts betting from all around the US is a website that operators offshore. It is not legal for those sites to accept bets from US citizens. Those sites offer no protection to consumers. All US sportsbooks are licensed at the state level.
Who can bet on sports in Louisiana?
To bet on sports in Louisiana, you must be 21 years old. While bettors do not need to be residents of Louisiana, they must be physically located within the state. Furthermore, they must be in a parish that approved legal wagering.
Can I bet on LSU and in-state college teams in Louisiana?
Yes, Louisiana law will allow for betting on the LSU Tigers and other local teams.
Is horse racing legal in Louisiana?
Yes, Louisiana legalized parimutuel wagering in 1940. The state has four racinos that offer live races, horse betting and casino games. The racinos are Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, Evangeline Downs, Delta Downs and, in New Orleans, the Fair Grounds has been running races since 1872.