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Welcome to Louisiana Sharp, your comprehensive guide to online sports betting in Louisiana.

Legal Louisiana mobile betting apps are live! Some of the best names in online sports betting have launched in Louisiana. With only a handful of apps ready to take bets and over 40 apps total launching in the state, sports fans have a lot to be excited about in 2022.

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The time has finally arrived! Mobile sports betting is now live in Louisiana, and a number of sportsbook apps are now available in the state. In-person betting officially launched Oct. 2021, and the launch of mobile betting in Jan. 2022 takes Louisiana sports betting to the next level. 

All in all, Louisiana bettors can enjoy a robust and competitive marketplace with online and mobile sportsbooks, retail betting shops, and kiosks in bars and restaurants all taking action. Multiple sportsbooks are also currently offering exciting welcome bonuses to bettors in the Pelican State. 

Bettors who register and verify their DraftKings Sportsbook account will get a 20% match up to $1,000 (5x playthrough) and a $50 free bet with a $5 deposit. Over at FanDuel Sportsbook, Louisiana bettors can get up to a $1,000 no sweat first bet.

Let’s break down the status of Louisiana sports betting as it currently stands.

    Louisiana Online Sports Betting Offers December 2022

    Various popular sportsbooks now have bonus offers available for Louisiana bettors to use. Many of these deals feature either a deposit bonus or a risk-free bet for the initial wager.

    Louisiana Online Sportsbook Bonus Offers for 2022

    Best for Daily Fantasy Sports Players

    20% match up to $1,000 (5x playthrough) and a $50 free bet with a $5 deposit

    Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

    States Allowed: AZ, CO, CT, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, MD, MI, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, WV & WY

    Best for Daily Fantasy Sports Players

    DraftKings Louisiana

    Free Bet Offer

    $50

    With $5 deposit

    Deposit Match Bonus

    $1,000

    20% up to $1,000

    Projected Louisiana Partner

    Casino Queen

    DraftKings is a long-established gaming operator that provides a great experience for sports bettors on their daily fantasy and sportsbook platforms. Players with a DFS account can integrate winnings across both platforms.

    The DraftKings Sportsbook app is one of the best on the market. The user-friendly app is available on both iOS and Android devices, and it has an easy-to-navigate interface. All its text is in bold lettering, so it’s easy to read the odds and lines for each event. 

    In Louisiana, a DraftKings welcome promo offer is available to new players. Simply sign up now at the website to receive a 20% match up to $1,000 (5x playthrough) and a $50 free bet with a $5 deposit.

    Pros

    • Easy-to-use interface with quick access to bet slip
    • Competitive odds with unique markets in top sports
    • Frequent daily promotions and missions to receive free bets
    • Immediate and accurate bet settlements

    Cons

    • Could offer better variety in select markets
    • App may glitch when navigating markets or using promotions

    Terms and Conditions Apply. 21+

    Best for Rewards and Initial Bonus

    Up to $1,250 on Caesars + 1000 tier credits + 1000 reward credits®

    Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

    States Allowed: AZ, CO, IN, IA, IL, KS, LA, MD, MI, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA & WV

    Best for Rewards and Initial Bonus

    Caesars Louisiana

    First Bet

    $1,250

    Caesars Bonus Code

    SHARPBETFULL

    Louisiana Partner

    Caesars Entertainment

    Owned casino properties in Louisiana

    Caesars Sportsbook is celebrating its Louisiana launch by offering a welcome promo to Louisiana bettors.

    When creating their Caesars Sportsbook accounts, eligible users in Louisiana will receive up to $1,250 + 1000 tier credits + 1000 reward credits®. You can claim by following one of our Caesars Sportsbook Louisiana links (like this one) or by using our exclusive Caesars Sportsbook Louisiana promo code: SHARPBETFULL.

      Caesars Sportsbook is available in person at three Caesars-owned locations in Louisiana: Harrah’s New Orleans, Louisiana Downs, and Horseshoe Bossier City.

      Pros

      • Great promotions for new and existing players
      • Connections with a large number of Caesars-owned properties across the country

      Cons

      • Not as many sports or markets as other sportsbooks

      Terms and Conditions Apply. 21+

      Best for Physical Casino Players

      Up to $1,000 risk-free bet

      Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

      States Allowed: AZ, CO, DC, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, MD, MI, MS, NJ, NV, NY, PA, TN, VA, WV & WY

      Best for Physical Casino Players

      BetMGM Louisiana

      Risk-Free Bet

      $1,000

      BetMGM Bonus Code

      SHARP

      Projected Louisiana Partner

      Boyd Gaming

      BetMGM has one of the most extensive sportsbook platforms available. At times, hundreds of bets are available for popular sports, featuring markets that can’t be found anywhere else. Many sports that feature niche leagues across the world can also be found. BetMGM Rewards blends digital account holders with rewards at MGM properties, including dedicated windows at sportsbooks, discounted rooms, and sales on events and stores.

      When creating their BetMGM Sportsbook accounts, eligible users in Louisiana will receive up to a $1,000 risk-free bet.

      You can claim by following one of our BetMGM Sportsbook Louisiana links (like this one) or by using our exclusive BetMGM Sportsbook Louisiana promo code: SHARP.

      Pros

      • Features numerous options on sports and markets, including niche events
      • Provides flash bonuses and free bets for frequent players
      • Benefits program features rewards at physical locations

      Cons

      • Website and app features breaking glitches that requires restart
      • Can be slow to navigate website and app, build One Game Parlay bets

      Terms and Conditions Apply. 21+

      Best for Entry-Level Bettors

      Second chance free bet up to $500

      Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

      States Allowed: AZ, CO, IL, IN, IA, LA, MD, MI, NJ, NY, PA, VA & WV (aka SugarHouse in some areas)

      Best for Entry-Level Bettors

      BetRivers Louisiana

      Deposit Bonus Offer

      Second chance free bet up to $500

      BetRivers Bonus Code

      SHARPRIV

      Projected Louisiana Partner

      Coushatta Casino Resort

      with Rush Street Gaming

      For those just entering the betting scene, BetRivers Sportsbook Louisiana has a great deposit bonus and low playthrough requirements. The sportsbook is offering a second chance free bet up to $500 with code: SHARPRIV.

      This provides free money in the cash account to use toward wagers instead of a risk-free opportunity. Promotions may be limited, but profit boosts and free bets are routinely available. Unique features include highlighting specific props that give out high payouts, live streaming, and specialty sports such as snooker and motorsports.

      Pros

      • Fast loading times on website, application
      • Numerous events available to stream live
      • Wide variety of sports markets to choose from

      Cons

      • Layout can be somewhat confusing to navigate
      • Not as many promotions as competitors

      Terms and Conditions Apply. 21+

      Best for Overall App Experience

      Up to $1,000 no sweat first bet

      Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

      States Allowed: AZ, CO, CT, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, MD, MI, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, WV & WY

      Best for Overall App Experience

      FanDuel Louisiana

      New User Promo

      Up to $1,000

      No sweat first bet

      Licensed By

      Louisiana Gaming Control Board

      Projected Louisiana Partner

      Boyd Gaming

      FanDuel provides one of the best experiences in sports betting overall. Their recently upgraded website and mobile app have lightning-quick loading times and an easy visual experience. Similar to DraftKings, it’s connected with its daily fantasy platform and winnings can be shared across both areas. Note that deposited money is only available on the platform selected and bonus money is only through the sportsbook. FanDuel’s DFS platform is also available in the state of Louisiana.

      One of the best features is bonus money over receiving free bets. Bonus funds are used just like money in a bettor’s normal account — it just can’t be withdrawn.

      FanDuel Louisiana allows bettors to register now and receive up to a $1,000 no sweat first bet.

      Click on this promo link to receive the deal.

      Pros

      • Website and app is very quick loading, easy to navigate
      • Easy access to bet slip and various ways to wager
      • Site credit offered as "bonus money" in account compared to single-use free bets

      Cons

      • Not as many markets to bet on as other competitors
      • Layout not as intuitive or adaptive

      Terms and Conditions Apply. 21+

      Louisiana Sports Betting Launch Update

      Mobile sports betting is now available in Louisiana! Several sportsbook apps are now ready to use, and more than 40 online sportsbooks in total are expected to launch across the state. In addition, retail sports betting has officially gone live at 10 Louisiana brick-and-mortar casinos and within tribal lands. 

      Mobile sports wagering is accepted in 55 of the state’s 64 parishes. People within the parishes that didn’t pass sports betting or on tribal lands will be geofenced out. Native American tribes have their own exclusive offerings, both retail and mobile.

      The action got started on Oct. 6, 2021, when Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville partnered with Betfred Sportsbook to become the first Louisiana casino to begin accepting sports wagers. Because Paragon is owned by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, it’s not regulated by the state.

      Later that fall, Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City and Harrah’s New Orleans became the second and third casinos to open retail sportsbooks. They’re partnered with Caesars Sportsbook. Shorty after, Boomtown Casino in Harvey and L’Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge opened retail sportsbooks. These two locations are owned by Penn National Gaming.

      In Lake Charles, The Golden Nugget and L’Auberge Casino launched retail sportsbooks in November. Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City began accepting sports wagers as well. The company has officially opened The Sportsbook, which is located right inside the main entrance of the casino.

      Also in November, Boomtown Casino & Hotel in Bossier City began accepting bets at The Sportsbook at Boomtown, which is located on the first floor of the casino next to the Video Poker Bar.

      Earlier this year, Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino in Shreveport began accepting sports wagers. The facility partnered with FanDuel Sportsbook, becoming the first retail location for FanDuel in Louisiana. Sam’s Town became the 10th retail casino to implement sports betting in the state.

      Sportsbook Promos

      The sports betting industry is growing rapidly in the US, and it’s becoming a very competitive market. Many sportsbooks promote bonus offers to new users in hopes of standing out among the competition. These bonus offers and promotions can help to add winnings to your bankroll. When registering your account, keep an eye out for any promotions that may be available.

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      How To Bet on Sports in Louisiana

      Bettors in Louisiana are now able to place wagers right from their mobile phones. This gives bettors the option to bet from the comfort of their own homes, at the local sports bar, or at the stadium. In order to sign up and start betting, follow these steps:

      • Find the online sportsbook app (such as FanDuel) in the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and download it to your mobile device.  
      • Register with the sportsbook providing basic information and verifying your age and location (bettors must be 21 years or older and within one of the approved parishes). It may also ask for information like your Social Security number and physical address.
      • You won’t need to be a Louisiana resident in order to wager with Louisiana sportsbooks.  You’ll also don’t need to have a Louisiana license to bet in the state.
      • Deposit your desired amount of funds into your account using a debit card, credit card, or e-wallet such as PayPal.
      • Place your bets! Don’t forget to look for any promotional offers that may be available.

      Types of Sports Bets Available in Louisiana

      Along with options to bet on different types of sports and leagues, sportsbooks offer a variety of different bets. Bettors can pick and choose which type of bet they prefer.  

      Moneyline Bets

      Also referred to as a straight bet, a moneyline bet is when you simply pick who you think will win the game. Regardless of how close the game is, if the team you pick wins, then you win money. Simple as that.

      Points Spread Bets

      Things get a little more interesting with a points spread bet. In this case, sometimes just winning the game isn’t going to cut it. In football and basketball, one team is usually favored over their opponent, and they’re favored to win by a certain amount of points.

      For example, if the New Orleans Saints are listed as favorites at -3.5, they must not only win the game, but win by at least four points or more in order to win the bet. On the other side, if the Saints are listed as underdogs at +3.5, then they must either win the game or lose by three points or less. 

      Game Totals

      These types of bets refer to the total amount of points scored in the game. You can place a bet on the number of points to either go over or stay under the listed total.

      For example, consider a game in which the Saints are playing against the Carolina Panthers and the total listed is 48.5. If you bet on the over, you’ll need the two teams to combine for at least 49 points in the game to win your bet. If you bet on the under, then you would need the two teams to stay under 48 combined points to win.

      Many sportsbooks also offer totals for quarters and halves as well.  

      Parlay Bets

      Parlays are a fun way to potentially earn a bigger payout. In a parlay, bets include multiple picks on at least two different games. Parlays can be made on the moneyline, points spread, or game totals.

      For example, if you put together a two-team moneyline parlay involving the Saints and the Dallas Cowboys, you would need both teams to win their respective games in order to receive a payout.

      Some sportsbooks like FanDuel and DraftKings now offer same-game parlays. This is when you can put multiple picks from a single game into a parlay. These types of bets also allow you to enter player props into your parlay.

      Player Prop Bets

      Player props focus on a single player in a game. In NBA games, sportsbooks usually offer player prop bets relating to points, rebounds, and assists.  

      For example, bettors can bet on Zion Williamson to score over or under his listed total of 27.0 points in a game. In the NFL, a common player prop is total passing yards for quarterbacks.

      Futures Bets

      A futures bet is different from placing a bet on a single game. A futures bet involves betting on a series or an award that’ll be decided in the future. In the NBA, futures bets can include a team’s chances to make the playoffs, win their respective conference, or win the NBA Finals.

      What Are You Able to Bet on?

      Sports fans and bettors alike are able to place wagers on a wide range of sporting events. The most popular leagues are the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), and the National Hockey League (NHL).

      Bettors are also able to place wagers on college athletics. The NCAA Basketball Tournament, better known as March Madness, is often one of the most-bet events of the year. College football also has a stronghold on the betting market.  

      Other betting options currently listed on mobile sportsbooks include Major League Soccer, English Premier League, UFC, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and more. There’s truly something for everyone. 

      Professional Sports Teams In Louisiana

      Louisiana has a proud sports history, and sporting events play a big role in the state’s cultural experience. The Saints have a very passionate fan base, and those fans are now able to place wagers supporting the black and gold. The Saints won their lone Super Bowl back in 2009, and they have made the NFL playoffs in four of the last five seasons.

      After the departure of longtime head coach Sean Payton, the Saints named defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as the team’s head coach this offseason. Allen was the Oakland Raiders head coach from 2012-14 and has been in New Orleans since the 2015 season. He was also the secondary coach for New Orleans during their Super Bowl winning season in 2009.

      Betting odds are already available for the new NFL season. As of Nov. 1, the Saints are +650 to win the NFC South, +6000 to win the NFC, and +15000 to win the Super Bowl on DraftKings.

      The other professional sports franchise in the Bayou State is the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA. In 2021, the Pelicans named Willie Green as their new head coach. Green won two NBA championships as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors from 2016-19. He most recently was a member of the Phoenix Suns coaching staff from 2019-21. The Suns reached the NBA Finals in the 2020-21 NBA season.  

      Betting odds are already available for the new NBA season. As of Nov. 12, the Pelicans are +320 to win the Southwest Division, +1300 to win the Western Conference, and +2800 to win the Finals on DraftKings.

      College Sports In Louisiana

      Louisiana is also home to some of the most dedicated college football fans in the country. LSU football has won four national championships in its history, with the most recent title coming during a historic 2019 season.

      In Nov. 2021, LSU announced that Brian Kelly, formerly the Notre Dame head coach, had accepted the same position in Baton Rouge. The Tigers began their 2022 season against Florida State and are currently 7-2, as of Nov. 12.

      LSU has a strong football tradition that is known to send players to the next level to play in the NFL. Some notable former LSU Tigers played in Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13. The Cincinnati Bengals were led by Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase, while the Los Angeles Rams had a pair of impact players in Odell Beckham Jr. and Andrew Whitworth. A former Tiger has been on the roster for 44 of the 56 Super Bowls, including 21 straight. A total of 46 former Tigers have become Super Bowl Champions. 

      On the hardwood, the LSU men’s basketball team had a tough early exit from the NCAA Tournament at the hands of Iowa State. Head coach Will Wade was fired days before the game and after conducting a nationwide search for a new coach, the school announced that Matt McMahon will be the team’s new head coach. McMahon most recently served as the Murray State head coach.

      On the women’s side, LSU enjoyed a solid season under head coach Kim Mulkey. Mulkey led the Tigers to a 26-4 record in the regular season, although they did suffer a tough loss against Kentucky in the SEC tournament. After an opening-round win over Jackson State, LSU lost to Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

      Other notable athletic programs in the state include the Tulane Green Wave of the AAC, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs of C-USA, the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, and Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns of the Sun Belt. Bettors are able to place wagers on all of these teams now that sports betting has been launched in the state.

      It’s certainly an exciting time to be a Louisiana sports fan, and sports betting has only increased the enthusiasm.

      Louisiana Gambling FAQ

      What parishes don't allow mobile sports betting in Louisiana?

      In total, 55 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes approved sports betting. The nine that voted to not legalize sports betting are Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Jackson, LaSalle, Sabine, Union, West Carrol, and Winn. Bettors in these parishes have to drive to other parishes to place sports bets.

      How old do I have to be to gamble at casinos in Louisiana?

      You have to be 21 years or older to participate in any gambling activity in Louisiana.

      Is gambling online legal in Louisiana?

      Yes! Mobile betting is now live in Louisiana. This means you can bet directly from your phone. A number of sports betting apps are available, including DraftKings, Caesars, BetMGM, and FanDuel.

      Does Louisiana have a lottery?

      Yes. The lottery can be played in person or by purchasing tickets at licensed locations.

      Is it safe to gamble at casinos in Louisiana?

      Yes. The casinos are well-staffed, operate securely, and have been running for many decades.

      Does it make sense to join a casino’s loyalty program in Louisiana?

      Absolutely. Casino loyalty programs reward you with brand credit, special gift cards, and more. We recommend joining loyalty programs at Louisiana casinos.

      Who runs the casinos in Louisiana?

      Most of the casinos in Louisiana are run by commercial enterprises. These include the famous riverboat casinos that are, in most cases, docked at certain towns year-round. Four casinos are owned by Native American tribes, and Harrah’s New Orleans is owned by Vici Properties and operated by Caesars Entertainment.

      Do I have to pay taxes if I win at casinos in Louisiana?

      Yes. Casino game winnings in Louisiana are taxed at a rate of 21.5%.

      Are online casinos legal in Louisiana?

      No, online casinos are currently not allowed in Louisiana. At least, real-money online casinos aren’t available. However, there are social/sweepstakes online casinos available in Louisiana.