Louisiana legalized sports betting in 56 of its 64 parishes. The hopeful launch of legal online sportsbooks in Louisiana is September 1, 2021 – just in time for the 2021 NFL season. Daily fantasy sports platforms are also expected to launch around that time.
However, when Louisiana launches sportsbooks, real-money betting will be prohibited in the parishes that voted no on legalization: Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Jackson, Lasalle, Sabine, Vermilion, West Carroll, and Winn.
Sports bettors in those locations can cross parish lines to legally bet on sports, as betting apps will use geolocation technology to assure users are not gambling in areas that prohibit it.
Louisiana Online Sportsbooks
Sports bettors in Louisiana will have both online sportsbooks as well as retail sportsbooks. Up to 20 licenses will be granted to the state’s casinos for retail and online sports betting (two sportsbook apps per casino). The Louisiana Lottery will also operate sports betting at bars and restaurants.
Based on existing partnerships in the state, here are the most likely sports betting sites and apps:
- BetRivers – Due to an existing partnership with Coushatta Casino Resort owners Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana.
- Caesars Sportsbook (Formerly William Hill) – All William Hill US products rebranded to Caesars Sportsbook. Caesars Entertainment operates the following casinos: Belle of Baton Rouge, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, Harrah’s New Orleans, and Horseshoe Bossier City.
- BetMGM – MGM Resorts has an existing partnership with Boyd Gaming, which owns the following casinos: Amelia Belle, Delta Downs, Evangeline Downs, Sam’s Town Shreveport, and Treasure Chest. MGM Resorts also owns Borgata Sportsbook, which is another likely app in the state due to this partnership.
- Golden Nugget – The Golden Nugget Sportsbook can open via the existing Golden Nugget Lake Charles property.
- TwinSpires – TwinSpires owner Churchill Downs owns Fair Grounds Race Course, which can open a retail TwinSpires Sportsbook as well as launch the TwinSpires Louisiana app.
- Barstool Sportsbook – Penn National Gaming owns Barstool Sportsbook and the following Louisiana casinos: Boomtown Bossier City, Boomtown New Orleans, L’Auberge Casino Baton Rouge, L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, and Margaritaville Resort Casino.
Louisiana Online Sports Betting Bonuses
Online sportsbooks mainly distinguish themselves by two factors: bonus offers and quality of the odds. Before you join, make sure the app has competitive odds on the sports you like to bet on. If so, then go with the option with the best welcome offer:
- Deposit Bonus: The sportsbook will match your first deposit by a percentage. For example, BetRivers Louisiana will offer a 100% deposit match up to $250.
- Risk-Free Bet: Many sportsbooks allow you to place your first bet risk-free up to a maximum amount. For example, BetMGM Louisiana will likely offer a risk-free first bet up to $600.
- First Bet Match: Rather than refund a lost bet, some sports betting sites simply give you another bet equal to your first bet.
Terms and conditions apply to all online sports betting promotions and bonuses.
Sports betting apps and sites offer a huge variety of additional promotions beyond the welcome bonuses. Here are some examples that Louisiana bettors can look forward to:
- Odds Boosters: The best online sportsbooks offer a whole section dedicated to the special odds boosters on select events.
- Parlay Boosters: At BetMGM and elsewhere, the more legs you choose for a parlay, the bigger the available parlay boosters to maximize win potential.
- Insurance Offers: You can bet on certain events and receive part of a lost bet back depending on how the game plays out.
How To Bet Online In Louisiana
Once legal online sports betting apps launch in the state, this is how you’ll be able to bet on sports from your mobile device or computer:
- You must be at least 21 years old and physically located within one of the 56 Louisiana parishes that legalized sports betting.
- All 56 parishes will have access to the same sportsbook apps. Choose one or more that you like and create an account.
- Pro-tip: Make sure you have your promotion code ready. Some online sportsbooks don’t automatically provide the welcome bonus offer.
- Deposit funds using one of many available methods, including PayPal and online bank transfer. (Warning: credit cards are usually rejected or count as a cash advance).
- Select the sports event you want to bet on. Before you lock in your bet, you can type in the wager to see how much you’ll win.
- Leave the remaining balance in your account, or cash out the funds using PayPal, online bank transfer, or another available withdrawal method.
Are Online Sports Betting Apps Legal In Louisiana?
On March 9, 2020, Senate Bill 130 (SB130) was introduced and subsequently passed by lawmakers. The bill proposed that sports betting be left up to the voters of each of the 64 parishes in Louisiana. It passed with Governor John Bel Edwards’s signature on June 11, 2020.
Then Louisiana voters decided whether to bring sports betting to their parish. On November 3, 2020, the majority of residents in 56 of 64 parishes decided to legalize sports betting, leaving just eight out of the equation.
In April and May 2021, lawmakers introduced and passed bills that would set the regulations for sports betting in Louisiana, which culminated in Senate Bill 247 (SB247). Under the bill, we can expect:
- Up to 20 retail and online sports betting licenses given to casinos and each can launch two online sportsbooks (up to 40 total).
- The Louisiana Lottery can operate in-person sports betting at bars and restaurants.
- Retail sports betting taxed at 10%. Online sports betting taxed at 15%.
- $250,000 application fee for a license. $500,000 for the license itself.
While a precise timeline on the launch of Louisiana sports betting is uncertain, experts put it around September 2021.
Other Forms Of Gambling Online In Louisiana
Sports betting isn’t the only option for gambling online in Louisiana. You can also bet on the horses as well as win cash prizes at Global Poker, Chumba Casino, and other sweepstakes sites.
Louisiana Horse Race Betting
Anyone 18 and up can bet on the horses online in Louisiana. The following legal sites are safe, legitimate, and offer a wide range of horse race betting options:
- NYRA Bets: With over 150 tracks in their network, NYRA Bets always has an upcoming race to bet on. New members can receive $25 just for creating an account, then receive a deposit bonus worth up to $200.
- TVG: New members at TVG can receive a risk-free bet up to $300. All members can live stream a wide variety of races as well as rewatch past races.
- TwinSpires: A likely sports betting app in the state, TwinSpires is also well-known as a horse race betting site. New members can receive a 25% welcome bonus up to $200 as well as a wide range of additional promotions.
If you decide to bet on horses elsewhere, just make sure that it’s a safe and legitimate site. Like with illegal sportsbooks and offshore casinos, sketchy sites can steal your information or money, which is why they should be very carefully avoided.
Online Poker In Louisiana
Too many fans of player versus player poker are unaware of Global Poker, a sweepstakes poker site that isn’t what you think.
Most people hear “sweepstakes” and think they’re playing just for a chance to win. That’s not the case. If you play online poker using Sweeps Coins at Global Poker, you can exchange them directly for a cash prize.
Global Poker offers ring games, multi-table tournaments, sit ‘n’ go tournaments, and jackpot sit ‘n’ go tournaments. Game styles include Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and Crazy Pineapple.
Because Global Poker is available to everyone in the US except for those located in the State of Washington, thousands of players are online at any given time. That means there are approachable games for both newbies and veteran poker players alike.
Top prizes at Global Poker can be as high as 250,000 Sweeps Coins or more. But you only need 50 Sweeps Coins to receive a cash prize or gift card.
Global Poker also recently added casino games to their options. You can play several slots, two variations of blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and more.
New players can receive 20 Sweeps Coins just for making an account. However, any Sweeps Coins received must be used to play before they can be exchanged for a cash prize or gift card.
Louisiana Sweepstakes Casinos
Chumba Casino and Global Poker are owned by the same company, so the prize structure is relatively the same. However, you need at least 100 Sweeps Coins to exchange for a cash prize at Chumba Casino (versus 50 at Global Poker).
Chumba Casino offers classic slots, video slots, progressive jackpot slots, and a nice selection of table games. In fact, Chumba is the only sweepstakes casino with table games at all, and its blackjack is actually very player-friendly (1 Sweep Coin minimum per hand).
New players at Chumba Casino receive 2 Sweeps Coins for creating an account as well as 1 Sweeps Coin each day that they log in.
LuckyLand Slots is a slots-only sweepstakes casino, and its jackpots are lower than what’s offered at Chumba Casino. However, there are some advantages:
- LuckyLand’s welcome bonus is 10 Sweeps Coins upon signup.
- The minimum to receive a cash prize is 50 Sweeps Coins (versus 100 Sweeps Coins at Chumba).
You can receive an additional 0.3 Sweeps Coins each day you log in at LuckyLand, and 1 Sweeps Coins on the seventh consecutive day.
Funzpoints is a bit different than the standard sweepstakes casino model but a legitimate place to win cash prizes. Funzpoints has a standard mode where you play for random prize draws, as well as a premium mode, a paid option for those who want to win cash prizes.
New members at Funzpoints can receive $2.50 for a free month of premium play.
Louisiana Online Sports Betting & Gambling FAQs
Sports betting is legal in 56 of the state’s 64 parishes. That means eight Louisiana parishes voted no to legalize sports betting: Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Jackson, Lasalle, Sabine, Vermilion, West Carroll, and Winn. Everywhere else in the state, sports bettors will be able to legally place bets online or in person.
September 2021. The tentative (and hopeful) timeline for the launch of Louisiana sports betting apps is September 1, 2021. This would make them available about a week before the state of the 2021 NFL season. If the launch happens after kickoff, it’s likely that many Louisiana sports bettors will cross state lines to bet (or bet illegally) due to the popularity of NFL betting in the state.
Yes, it is legal to bet on sports online in Louisiana. However, online sports betting apps and sites have not yet launched in the state. Louisiana also has not authorized any other form of online gambling except for betting on horse racing. Online casinos and poker sites are currently illegal in Louisiana.
No, you do not have to be a Louisiana resident to bet on sports in the state. That includes both Louisiana online sportsbooks as well as retail sportsbooks in the state. Sports bettors are simply required to be at least 21 years old and physically located within one of the 56 Louisiana parishes that legalized sports betting.
Yes, online sports betting will be legal in New Orleans once sports betting apps launch in the state. Both New Orleans residents and visitors can legally join legally licensed online sportsbooks and bet on a wide range of events, including major league, international, and college sports.
Yes, online betting will be legal in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The majority of voters in all Baton Rouge parishes voted to allow sports betting. Anyone over 21, including non-residents, can bet on sports online or in-person in Baton Rouge upon the launch of legal sportsbooks.