Last updated: January 27, 2022
Louisiana sports betting is live at retail sportsbooks at casinos in the state, and online betting will launch Jan. 28.
Retail sports betting launched in the state Oct. 31, 2021. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chair Ronnie Johns said mobile sports betting will launch Jan. 28, 2022, after he approved six platforms Jan. 26. The Louisiana Lottery expects to be ready in early 2022 with its sports betting product.
Until the official online launch, new users can take advantage of pre-launch offers from several online sportsbooks in the meantime:
Voters decided in November 2020 to approve LA sports betting in 55 of the state’s 64 parishes. Legislators worked diligently to pass legislation to enact sports betting in their state. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the three enacting bills in June 2021.
What’s happening in Louisiana sports betting right now
- January 27, 2022 — All six sportsbooks cleared for launch Friday confirmed their intentions to be live the same day. The sportsbooks are: Barstool Sportsbook, BetMGM, BetRivers, Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings and FanDuel.
- January 26, 2022 — Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chair Ronnie Johns told LSR six platforms will be cleared for launch on Jan. 28. Previously, Johns set a Feb. 13 goal to be live with online betting. BetMGM and Caesars both confirmed they are among the first wave.
- January 25, 2022 — WynnBet announced its launching its app in Lousiana for pre-registration. The online sportsbook has market access through Caesars. Regulators are optimistic online sports betting in the state can launch by the Super Bowl.
- January 20, 2022 — The December 2021 sports betting totals were revealed at the January Louisiana Gaming Control Board meeting. Retail sportsbooks handled $39.5 million, holding 12.1% to generate $4.38 million in revenue.
- January 19, 2022 — BetMGM executives confirmed Lousiana sports betting is in their plans, suggesting a Q1 2022 launch is imminent during an earnings call. That would, of course, necessitate regulators approving the launch of online sportsbooks during the quarter.
- January 14, 2022 — The FanDuel Sportsbook at Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino in Shreveport held its grand opening, according to local media. Reports continue to surface mobile sports betting could start prior to the Super Bowl in February.
- January 10, 2022 — Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns chatted with local media to dispel rumors mobile sports betting could launch as soon as this week. Johns said his goal is to launch mobile sports betting in Louisiana ahead of the Feb. 13 Super Bowl.
- January 5, 2022 — Boyd Gaming announced its plans for a new Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner, LA, which would replace an existing riverboat facility. The new land-based property would include a 47,000-square-foot casino and a FanDuel-branded retail sportsbook.
- December 20, 2021 — BetMGM launched its BetMGM horse racing app in Louisiana, allowing thoroughbred, harness and quarter horse race betting. The company also launched the app in Florida as its builds out its expansion plans for gaming in the US.
- December 16, 2021 — A revenue report to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board revealed eight retail sportsbooks took $27.6 million in bets during the first month of operation. A report by the Louisiana State Police later said all but one possible licensee had submitted their applications, and it too was pending. Additionally, the State Police are working on mobile licensing, with hopes of a January 2022 launch.
- December 2, 2021 — Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns signed five retail sportsbook licenses for five casinos operated by Boyd Gaming in Acadiana-Shreveport. The casinos are: Sam’s Town, Treasure Chest, Amelia Belle, Amelia and Evangeline Downs.
- November 11, 2021 — Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns signed the licenses for two casinos in Bossier City. Margaritaville opened its sportsbook Nov. 12, while Boomtown opened Nov. 15. They are the seventh and eighth retail sportsbooks to open in Louisiana.
- November 8, 2021 — Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns signed two more retail sportsbook licenses: Golden Nugget Casino Lake Charles and L’Auberge Casino Lake Charles. They will be the fifth and sixth retail sportsbooks open at commercial casinos in Louisiana. DraftKings announced its retail sportsbook at the Golden Nugget Casino Lake Charles would open Nov. 10. The DraftKings app will launch at a later date.
Is sports betting legal in Louisiana?
Yes. The first four commercial retail sportsbooks open Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Additional retail sportsbooks continue to open. 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, however, is still in the works.
Voters chose to legalize sports wagering in 55 of 64 parishes on the November 2020 ballot. 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.
When will online sports betting launch in Louisiana?
Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns said that six online sportsbooks were approved to launch Jan. 28. BetMGM and Caesars confirmed they intend to launch on that date.
Online sportsbooks in Louisiana
Louisiana’s legal framework provides for numerous outlets to bet on sports. In addition to the retail outlets, there could be as many as 4o online sportsbooks in Louisiana. Each of the 20 license holders is 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.
DraftKings and FanDuel combined forces on two separate occasions to contribute to political campaigns that supported sports betting and daily fantasy sports. Casino giant Caesars, which owns multiple properties in Louisiana, recently secured a stadium sponsorship deal with the New Orleans Saints. Other sportsbooks are confirmed or expected to come to Louisiana soon, so here is a list of Louisiana online sports betting sites to watch for:
BetMGM Sportsbook Louisiana is the online sports betting operation for ROAR Digital, a joint venture between gaming companies Entain and MGM Resorts International. Neither Entain nor MGM maintains any locations inside Louisiana, but MGM does own the Beau Rivage in Biloxi and the Gold Strike in Tunica. The company has a market access deal with Boyd Gaming and has already indicated through its newsletter that it is planning a launch in Louisiana in the near future.
Caesars Sportsbook Louisiana is the sportsbook brand representing the casino giant of the same name. It is also the home of former sports betting powerhouse William Hill, which Caesars purchased in 2020. There are five different Caesars locations in the Pelican State, including Harrah’s New Orleans, the only land-based casino. Caesars Sportsbook has no barriers to entry in Louisiana and is likely to do so in the coming months.
While DraftKings does not have any physical locations in Louisiana, its access to the state’s sports betting market could very well come from an existing relationship with Casino Queen. The two companies are linked inextricably at Casino Queen’s location in Illinois, and Casino Queen is finishing up its purchase of two locations in Louisiana sometime in 2021. One way or another, it’s hard to imagine that DraftKings Sportsbook Louisiana wouldn’t find a way to offer sports betting soon.
Like DraftKings, FanDuel Sportsbook Louisiana already has experience in the Pelican State through its DFS business. Like BetMGM, FanDuel has a market access deal with Boyd Gaming, which owns three properties inside Louisiana. FanDuel is one of the more popular apps for placing sports wagers and has been the market leader in several states. Residents and visitors to Louisiana should see FanDuel Sportsbook launch soon.
BetFred Sportsbook Louisiana has made its bones primarily in Europe and is a relatively recent addition to the US sports betting market. However, BetFred also holds the distinction as the first company to book a wager in all of Louisiana, due to its management of the sportsbook at the Paragon Casino Resort, which opened in October 2021. BetFred’s deal with the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe, owners of the Paragon, extends to online sports betting, too, so its launch into the online space in the Pelican State is a foregone conclusion.
BetRivers Sportsbook Louisiana is the online sportsbook brand from Rush Street Interactive, a large gaming company primarily focused in the northeastern part of the country. Rush Street owns four casinos under the Rivers Casino brand. Although none of the Rivers Casino locations are in Louisiana, Rush Street is usually in the first group to launch in a state. So, expect to see BetRivers popping up in Louisiana.
Other online sports betting sites that might launch
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
- Barstool Sports
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.
Louisiana sports betting bills
Three pieces of legislation were needed to create the first-ever legal sports betting market in the state of Louisiana:
A number of bills intended to legalize sports betting in LA came and went without the necessary votes in 2019:
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)
- 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)
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):
- Treasure Chest Casino (FanDuel/BetMGM)
- Delta Downs Racetrack (FanDuel/BetMGM)
- Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino (FanDuel/BetMGM)
- 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. There is no legal online sports betting in Louisiana yet.
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
Louisiana voters in 47 of 64 parishes legalized daily fantasy sports in 2018. DraftKings received the first DFS license on July 15, 2021. FanDuel is also a likely licensee as it contributed heavily to the legalization campaign.
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.
The legislation sets up three-year licenses on a tiered fee structure. For an annual average of GGR over the three years less than $100,000 the fee is $5,000, between $100,000 and $300,000 the fee is $15,000, more than $300,000 the fee is $40,000.
The delay on DFS following the 2018 vote serves as a warning that a successful election for the sports betting referendum in November doesn’t guarantee that LA sports betting will start in 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. But the wait continued for online sports betting, which was forecast to open its virtual doors in January 2022. The Louisiana State Police said they were working mobile licensing.
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.
Will mobile LA sports wagering be allowed?
Yes, 2021 Louisiana sports betting legislation allows for mobile sports wagering. There could be more than 40 potential brands in the state. Wagering must take place within an approved parish. It is expected to launch by Jan. 28.
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.