Updated: Jul 27th, 2021

Louisiana Sports Betting

Online and retail sports betting is on the way in Louisiana, possibly launching during the 2021 NFL season.

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Is Sports Betting Legal in Louisiana?

Yes. Sports betting was signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards on June 22, 2021. Online and retail sports betting are expected to begin sometime during the 2021 football season.

Sports betting is legal in 55 of the state’s 64 parishes, based on results of a 2020 voter referendum. Louisiana residents who live in a parish that did not approve sports betting will need to travel to a parish with legal sports betting to place a wager. All Louisiana sports bettors must be 21 or older to participate in sports wagering in Louisiana.

Louisiana Sports Betting Legislation

The legislation that allows legal sports betting in Louisiana went through multiple amendments before final approval. Three separate bills provided for licensing, regulation and disbursement of funds.

Up to 20 sports betting licenses will be available, with the state’s 15 existing riverboat casinos, Harrah’s New Orleans land-based casino and the state’s four horse racing tracks given priority. Each can partner with two online betting "skins," creating 40 mobile operators. If any existing Louisiana casino or horse track declines to seek a sports betting license, the state’s video poker facilities can apply.

The law allows the Louisiana Lottery Corp. to contract with a provider to offer online and retail sports betting through a mobile app, online site and kiosk locations in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. There is no cap on the number of bar or restaurant locations that will be allowed to have sports betting kiosks.

Proceeds from wagers placed at retail sites will be taxed at 10%; mobile and online sports betting wagers are taxed at 15%. The tax money is earmarked for the Early Childhood Education Fund, the state’s general fund and other state agencies.

Timeline of Louisiana Sports Betting and Gambling

1926: Pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing at the New Orleans Fair Grounds is legalized.

1991: State lawmakers pass legislation allowing for 15 riverboat casinos. State lottery begins operations, a year after voters approve constitutional amendment.

1997: State’s horse racing tracks are permitted to add electronic gaming machines, creating racinos.

1999: Harrah’s New Orleans, the state’s only land-based casino eligible to receive a license, opens a permanent site.

2018: U.S. Supreme Court overturns Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, allowing all states the opportunity to legalize single-game sports betting. Also, voters in 47 of 64 Louisiana parishes approve daily fantasy sports wagering, but lawmakers delay implementation for at least three years (projected to start in the fall of 2021).

2020: Residents in 55 of 64 parishes vote to legalize sports betting.

May 2021: Legislature approves up to 20 licenses for online and retail sports betting, the first of three sports wagering bills that receive approval. Each license holder can partner with two online brands.

June 2021: Bills to determine distribution of sports betting revenue and tax and fees structure are passed and signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards. Louisiana Gaming Control Board is charged with regulating sports betting.

Fall 2021: Online sportsbooks and retail legal sports betting expected to launch during the 2021 NFL season.

How are Louisiana Sports Betting Sites Regulated?

The Louisiana Gaming Control Board regulates all sports wagering in the state.

The Board consists of nine members who are appointed by the governor, confirmed by the senate and serve staggered terms of six years. The Board exercises regulatory authority, control and jurisdiction over all aspects of sports betting activities, including licensing procedures. The board regularly posts revenue and compliance reports for all gaming operators in the state.

Most Likely Sportsbooks in Louisiana

FanDuel

Among the most popular retail and online sportsbook operators in the nation. FanDuel’s sportsbook app is one of the most downloaded in the U.S. There is also a generous selection of FanDuel promotions and bonus offers available. The company’s path to operate in Louisiana may be forged through its marketing partnerships with Boyd Gaming, which owns several casinos and racinos in the state, including Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino Shreveport, Evangeline Downs and Delta Downs.

DraftKings

DraftKings sportsbook is an industry giant that's one of the most dominant names in mobile sports betting. It offers a wide selection of sports, DraftKings promotions, in-game betting options and a player-friendly mobile app. Like FanDuel, DraftKings will become a major player in Louisiana sports betting when daily fantasy sports wagering goes live. DraftKings is partner of Casino Queen, which is in the process of purchasing a pair of Louisiana casinos: Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge and Belle of Baton Rouge.

TwinSpires

The Churchill Downs Inc.-owned company is a major player in Louisiana through its ownership of historic Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. While known mostly for its pari-mutuel business, Churchill Downs has significant sports betting and casino operations in several states across the U.S. Its sports betting business, formerly known as BetAmerica, was rebranded to its more widely-known TwinSpires name in 2021.

BetMGM

BetMGM is the online gambling arm of MGM Resorts International. It's rapidly expanding its digital presence, and BetMGM promotions and bonus offers are some of the most aggressive in the sports betting industry. MGM is a major player across the U.S. and in neighboring Mississippi, where it owns the Beau Rivage, one of the state’s top-performing casinos and sportsbooks.

Caesars

Perhaps no gambling operator is better positioned to take advantage of legal sports betting in Louisiana than Caesars, which owns multiple casino properties in the state including land-based Harrah’s New Orleans, soon to be rebranded Caesars New Orleans. Recent purchase of sports betting giant William Hill makes Caesars one of the most accessible online and retail sports operators in the U.S. and beyond.

Golden Nugget

The gaming company operates five casino resorts across the U.S., including the Golden Nugget Lake Charles, one of Louisiana’s top revenue-producing riverboat casinos. Golden Nugget sportsbook is a growing operator that offers easy-to-use mobile app and aggressive Golden Nugget promotions.

Penn National Gaming

Popular national gaming operator is a significant player in Louisiana, where it owns or operates several casinos, including L’Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge and Boomtown Casino in New Orleans. Penn National owns a significant equity stake in Barstool Sports, which is licensed for online sports betting in several states and is expected to add Louisiana to its expansion plans.

All other gaming operators that own casinos in the state are expected to apply for a sports betting license. Several operators own more than one property in the state, resulting in a handful of transactions in late 2020 and early 2021, with more deals anticipated in the coming months.

Top 5 Louisiana Sports Teams to Bet On

New Orleans Saints

The Saints are the most beloved pro sports franchise in New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. They are a local favorite for NFL betting. The NFL team did not win a playoff game until 2000, its 34th season, then won Super Bowl XLIV during the 2009 season. In the most recent four-season span from 2017-2020, the Saints are 49-15, winning the NFC West title each year. The Saints are listed at +2500 (25/1) to win Super Bowl LVI in 2022 after the retirement of quarterback Drew Brees, the NFL’s all-time leader in regular-season passing yards. The team plays its home games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

New Orleans Pelicans

The NBA franchise was established as the Charlotte Hornets and relocated to New Orleans for the 2002-03 season. The Pelicans have finished fourth or fifth in their division in nine of the past 10 seasons, but the selection of former Duke star Zion Williamson with the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft has raised expectations of NBA bettors. The Pelicans play their home games at the Smoothie King Center.

LSU Tigers

Few teams in college football have as rabid a fan base as LSU, which has won four national championships, most recently in 2019. The team is a top choice for college football betting in Louisiana. LSU is a founding member of the football-centric SEC and has won 12 conference championships. The team plays its home games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge and is perennially among the FBS leaders in home attendance, averaging more than 100,000 fans per game.

Tulane Green Wave

Tulane is a member of the American Athletic Conference and has finished .500 or better in three consecutive football seasons from 2018-20, with a 2-1 bowl record during that span. The Green Wave play their home games at Yulman Stadium in uptown New Orleans.

Louisiana Tech

The Ruston-based Conference USA team hasn’t experienced a losing football season since 2013 and had a six-game bowl winning streak snapped in 2020. While the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team has not reached the NCAA Tournament since 1991, the Lady Techsters are a national powerhouse (and a college basketball betting favorite), having won three national championships and competed in 13 Final Fours.

Louisiana Sports Team Partners

Caesars with New Orleans Saints and Pelicans

The two New Orleans pro sports franchises made Harrah’s New Orleans (owned by Caesars) their official gaming partner in a multi-year marketing agreement announced in Dec. 2018. According to multiple reports, Caesars is also close to a deal for naming rights to the Saints’ home stadium. The team’s Superdome naming rights deal with Mercedes-Benz expires in July 2021.

Louisiana Betting Markets

Football wagering will be king with Louisiana sports betting sites, given the popularity of the Saints and the NFL. In addition, wagering is permitted on college games involving Louisiana-based schools, so expect plenty of action on games involving LSU and other teams in the football-crazed Southeastern Conference. Basketball (Pelicans, LSU) and golf (Zurich Classic of New Orleans) should also be popular betting options in the state.

How to Deposit and Withdraw from Louisiana Sports Betting Sites

Online sportsbooks want to make payments and withdrawals as simple and convenient as possible. Louisiana sportsbooks are likely to follow the lead of other states and accept a wide range of deposit options. The most popular include:

While some deposit methods can be instantaneous, withdrawals generally require up to 48 hours for approval. Withdrawals can be requested from an online sportsbook account at any time. Generally, using the same method for both deposits and withdrawals works best.

The most popular withdrawal options include:

Mobile Sports Betting in Louisiana

In some states, 90% of more of all sports wagers are made on mobile apps or online sites. All Louisiana online sportsbook operators will offer multi-functional apps, which allow bettors to do everything they could on their computer, including wagering, make deposits and withdrawals, claim bonus offers and more.

The apps are free to download and available for both Android and iOS mobile devices. Mobile wagering provides an incredible level of convenience for sports bettors, allowing them access to betting lines and wagering 24/7 from the comfort of their homes.

How Louisiana Sports Betting Compares to Other Legal States

With both online and retail sports betting and up to 20 sports betting licenses available, Louisiana sports bettors will have more sports wagering options than most other legal states. In addition, the Louisiana Lottery Corp. will set up sports betting kiosks at an unlimited number of bars and restaurants, meaning residents and visitors won’t have to look far to find a wagering outlet.

Louisiana differs from other states in that its referendum legalized sports betting by parish, as opposed to a traditional statewide vote. Voters in 55 of the 64 parishes approved sports betting. Nine parishes voted no – Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Jackson, LaSalle, Sabine, Union, West Carroll and Winn – meaning those residents will have to travel to another parish in the state to place a legal sports wager.

Responsible Gambling

The Louisiana Gaming Control Board operates a voluntary exclusion program in which individuals can ban themselves from casino gambling in the state for a specific period. The same exclusion ban will be made available for sports betting, along with restrictions that will allow players to set limits on deposits, wagers and time spent on online sportsbook sites.

Access to several problem-gambling resources and support groups are available, including the Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling, the Louisiana Office of Behavioral Health and the National Problem Gambling Helpline.

What the Future Holds for Sports Betting Online in Louisiana

With online sports wagering likely to launch in the fall, the future of sports betting in Louisiana is bright. Not only will it benefit already-robust New Orleans tourism, but it puts Louisiana ahead of its neighboring states. Mississippi and Arkansas both allow retail-only sports wagering, and Texas offers no sports betting of any kind. That puts Louisiana in a sweet spot, allowing for a steady flow of wagering dollars from bettors in neighboring states.

Louisiana Sports Betting FAQ


Online and retail sports betting are legal are Louisiana but have not yet launched. Both are expected go live during the 2021 football season.

With up to 20 sports betting licenses available (each allowed two online partners), the apps of nearly all of the top national sportsbook operators are likely to be available, including FanDuel, DraftKings, Caesars, BetMGM and Barstool.

The minimum legal age to wager on sports in Louisiana is 21.

Both DraftKings and FanDuel are expected to receive a license to operate in Louisiana, both for sports betting and daily fantasy sports.

No. You can be a resident of any state. However, you must be physically located inside a Louisiana parish that allows sports betting to legally place a sports wager. Geofencing technology is used to verify a bettor’s location.

Yes. Proceeds from sports wagers placed in the state’s casinos will be taxed at 10%. Proceeds from online and mobile wagers will be taxed at 15%. A five-year license fee is $500,000, in addition to a $250,000 initial application fee.

Gambling winnings are considered taxable income, according to the IRS.

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