Online Gambling in Louisiana

Sports

Not legal

Casinos

Not legal

Poker

Not legal

Daily Fantasy

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Sports Betting in Louisiana
Not Legal

For now, the only sports betting is in Louisiana is on horses and takes place at licensed premises known as "racinos," although there have been some hints at a change for more sports like basketball and football.

A bill was proposed during the 2018 legislative session that would have extended the scope of racinos to include sports betting, and while that was not approved during the same legislative session, there is hope that 2019 could be the year that Louisiana sports betting finally gets the go ahead.

Online Casino Gambling in Louisiana
Not Legal

Under Louisiana revised statute § 14:90.3, online gambling in the state is specifically and explicitly prohibited:

"Gambling by computer is the intentional conducting, or directly assisting in the conducting as a business of any game, contest, lottery, or contrivance whereby a person risks the loss of anything of value in order to realize a profit when accessing the internet…"

There actually aren’t many states that have made an addendum to their existing gambling laws to clearly outlaw internet betting in such a way, so realistically the prospect of Louisiana online casinos operating with complete freedom appears to be a ways off.

Louisiana Poker Online
Not Legal

Games of "social" poker might not be legal, technically, but law enforcement in Louisiana does not crack down on cases like those in many neighboring states do. You can play video poker in bars and licensed casinos.

As you've probably guessed by now, online poker in Louisiana does not exist legally, primarily because operators aren’t willing to risk falling foul of the authorities and their stringent penalties. Until there is an overall change in sentiment toward internet betting, Louisiana online poker will have to remain on the back burner.

Louisiana Daily Fantasy
Not Legal

After approval from the state government, Louisiana daily fantasy sports was approved by voters on a parish-by-parish basis through a ballot in the November midterm elections. The state's 10 most-populated parishes approved the measure, meaning the majority of Louisiana residents will be able to play the games sometime in 2019, after lawmakers finalize regulations. Overall, 47 of the state's 64 parishes approved the measure.

In the meantime major operators like FanDuel and DraftKings are unavailable in Louisiana.

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Gambling in Louisiana

You could say that there is a long and illustrious history of gambling in Louisiana. After all, French settlers built casino-style entertainment venues in the region even before they erected any churches.

Attempts have been made to outlaw gambling in its various guises for the past 200 years, but those have been largely rebuffed and bettors can still get their game on in the Bayou State.

The laws are less forgiving as they relate to online casinos in Louisiana, however. Online gambling is not only prohibited but also criminalized— those convicted for online gaming face hefty fines and even stints in prison.

Louisiana natives can place bets on horses, play slots and classic table games at licensed casinos, and enter lotteries and poker tournaments, but they may not do any of this via the internet.

So while Louisiana online gambling may be some way off, the land-based betting industry has largely enjoyed relaxed conditions—dating back nearly 300 years in this corner of the United States.

In present times, Louisianna is now taking another major step. Lawmakers have increasingly stressed the need for sports betting to stay competitive with neighboring states, and multiple bills to potentialy expand sports betting as well as online gaming are expected to be debated in Baton Rouge in 2019.

Timeline of Gambling Legislation in Louisiana

2018
1 of 12

Proposals to legalize sports betting in Louisiana in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling are shot down by the state Senate. However, voters in the majority of Louisiana parishes approve daily fantasy games, foreshadowing a possible shift in attitudes towards sports betting heading into the 2019 legislative session.

2000
2 of 12

Former governor Edwin Edwards is imprisoned after being found guilty of extorting nearly $3 million from firms that applied for gambling licenses.

1999
3 of 12

Harrah’s New Orleans Casino opens its doors.

1998
4 of 12

Amendments are made to state laws that prohibit online gambling.

1997
5 of 12

Racetracks are allowed to offer slot machines on their premises.

1995
6 of 12

Several members of a Mafia-linked crime syndicate are jailed for their involvement in an underground video poker ring.

1993
7 of 12

The Chitimacha tribe opens the first Native American casinos in Louisiana, on their land.

1991
8 of 12

Applications for 15 riverboat casinos in the state are approved, while a new state lottery is given the green light.

1920
9 of 12

Parimutuel betting on the horses becomes legal, as it remains to this day.

1866
10 of 12

The first Louisiana state lottery is established. This ran until 1895, when corruption and legal disputes put an end to the games.

1812
11 of 12

New Orleans becomes first area of Louisiana explicitly exempt from federal law banning gambling in the state.

1753
12 of 12

The first casino—government run, no less—opens its doors.

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