Sports betting was approved by Louisiana voters during the election of 2020 allowing the state’s lawmakers to set about creating a legal framework for a regulated market.
Then, on June 7th 2021, Governor John Bel Edwards signed HB 697 into law. This bill put the Louisiana Lottery Corporation in sole control of the local sports betting industry and set a 10% tax rate on net proceeds from retail sportsbooks. The same legislation also specifies that mobile operators pay 15% on their net proceeds.
Who regulates the Louisiana sports betting industry?
The Louisiana sports betting industry is regulated by the Louisiana Lottery Corporation. The corporation is responsible for receiving applications, approving operators, and issuing licenses as well as the collection of sports wagering data.
Which legal sportsbooks are available in Louisiana?
Under Louisiana’s sports betting legislation, the state’s 20 commercial casinos/racinos and its four tribal casinos can all apply for a retail sports betting license.
The casinos and racetracks that qualify for a sports betting retail license are listed below.
|Casino||Type||Betting Partner/Retail Brand|
|Harrah’s New Orleans||Land-based||TBD|
|Coushatta Casino Resort||Tribal||TBD|
|Cypress Bayou Casino||Tribal||TBD|
|Jena Choctaw Pines Casino||Tribal||TBD|
|Paragon Casino Resort||Tribal||TBD|
|Fair Grounds Race Course||Racino||TBD|
|Harrah’s Louisiana Downs||Racino||TBD|
|Belle of Baton Rouge||Riverboat||TBD|
|Boomtown Bossier City||Riverboat||TBD|
|Boomtown New Orleans||Riverboat||TBD|
|Diamond Jacks Casino Bossier City||Riverboat||TBD|
|Golden Nugget Lake Charles||Riverboat||TBD|
|Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge||Riverboat||TBD|
|Horseshoe Bossier City||Riverboat||TBD|
|Isle of Capri Casino Lake Charles||Riverboat||TBD|
|L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles||Riverboat||TBD|
|L’Auberge Casino Baton Rouge||Riverboat||TBD|
|Margaritaville Resort Casino||Riverboat||TBD|
|Sam’s Town Shreveport||Riverboat||TBD|
|Treasure Chest Casino||Riverboat||TBD|
Retail betting brands and partnerships will be announced closer to the proposed launch date.
Sports betting apps in Louisiana
Louisiana’s commercial casinos and racinos will be permitted to apply for an online license alongside their retail license. This will allow the holder to operate two mobile sports betting skins. The Lottery Corporation will also be issued with an online betting license.
This means that there could be as many as 41 individual sports betting apps if all operators take up the option of launching 2 skins.
We will update this page as casinos and racinos announce any partnerships with mobile operators or sports betting technology providers.
Daily Fantasy Sports in Louisiana
Louisiana approved Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) back in 2018 but it took a special legislative session in the summer of 2020 to allows DFS measures to pass as part of a broader package of gaming bills.
Finally, almost three years after the public voted on DFS contests, the first operator license was approved in July of 2021 when DraftKings received approval to launch.
DraftKings is now live in the state and FanDuel is expected to launch its DFS products around the same time as the sports betting industry launch in Fall of 2021.
What about online poker in Louisiana?
The most recent effort to pass online casino and poker legislation was in 2018. At the time, the Senate Committee on Judiciary decided to approve a proposed sports betting bill but to defer a similar bill relating to online casinos. SB 322 was opposed by local video game operators who claimed that an online casino industry would affect their income from gaming.
However, with the recent passing of sports betting legislation and the launch of the DFS market, online casino legislation that includes provisions for online poker could once again come before the House and the Senate. How long before this actually happens though, is anyone’s guess.
Louisiana sports betting frequently asked questions
What is the legal age for sports betting in Louisiana?
The legal age for sports betting in Louisiana is 21 years of age.
Is sports betting legal in Louisiana?
Yes, sports betting was signed into law in June of 2021.
Is mobile sports betting legal in Louisiana?
Yes, all retail sports betting license holders can apply for a mobile license that allows them to launch two mobile skins.