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Welcome to Louisiana Sharp, your comprehensive guide to online sports betting in Louisiana. In light of the state’s recent legalization of the activity, we will provide you with the latest industry updates and developments. Check back for insights into some of the best sports betting apps and bonuses likely to launch in Louisiana.

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Louisiana sports betting is beginning to launch! Louisiana bettors can expect 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 a pre-launch bonus to bettors in the Pelican State. The date betting goes live online has yet to be determined, but in-person betting has been rolling out for the last few months.

Bettors who register and verify their Caesars Sportsbook account will get a $300 free bet to use once sports betting officially launches in Louisiana, along with up to $3000 in a deposit match bet. Use our Caesars Sportsbook promo code: SHARPNEW.

DraftKings and FanDuel are also running promotions before the official launch. Simply register early through DraftKings Louisiana and FanDuel Louisiana to receive $100 in bonus credit with no deposit necessary. BetMGM LA is offering $200 in free bets for signing up before the official launch. Use our BetMGM bonus code: SHARP.

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

Louisiana Sports Betting Bonus Offers January 2022

Various popular sportsbooks will have bonus offers available for Louisiana bettors when they launch. Many of these deals feature either a deposit bonus or risk-free bet for the initial wager.

Louisiana Online Sportsbook Pre-Launch Offers For 2022

Best For Rewards and Initial Bonus

$300 Free Bet + $3000 Match Bonus

Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

States Allowed: AZ, CO, DC, IA, IL, IN, LA, MI, NJ, NY, NV, TN, VA, WV

Best For Rewards and Initial Bonus

Caesars Sportsbook Louisiana

Launch Promo - Free Bet

$300

Code: SHARPNEW

Deposit Match Bonus

$3000

Code: SHARPNEW

Licensed By

Louisiana Gaming Control Board

Louisiana Partner

Caesars Entertainment

Owned casino properties in Louisiana

Caesars Sportsbook is celebrating its upcoming launch in Louisiana by offering a pre-launch promo to Louisiana bettors. In total, Louisiana bettors can claim up to $3300 in bonus offers.

  • Earn a $300 free bet when you register and verify your account at Caesars Sportsbook. The free bet will be available to you on launch day.
  • Then, deposit once the app launches and claim up to $3000 in a match bet bonus offer.

Claim the Caesars pre-launch offer here.

Caesars Sportsbook is available in-person at two Caesars-owned locations in Louisiana: Harrah’s New Orleans and Horseshoe Bossier City. During the 2021-2022 NFL season and playoffs, the sportsbook has offered big rewards for frequent bettors. This includes giving out gift cards for authentic jerseys and free tickets to contests. A simplified interface online makes it easy to understand what the sportsbook has to offer.

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

$200 free bet

Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

States Allowed AZ, CO, DC, IN, IA, MI, MS, NV, NJ, PA, TN, VA, WV, WY

Best For Physical Casino Players

BetMGM Louisiana

Pre-Launch Offer

$200

in free bets with code SHARP. This is an acquisition offer, meaning users who sign up for this offer are not eligible for the Risk Free $1000 offer or any other acquisition offer.

Licensed By

Louisiana Gaming Control Board

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. M Life Rewards blends digital account holders with rewards at MGM properties, including dedicated windows at sportsbooks, discounted rooms, and sales on events and stores.

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 Overall App Experience

$100 in Bonus Money (No Deposit Needed)

Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

States Allowed: AZ, CO, CT, IL, IN, IA, MI, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, WV

Best For Overall App Experience

FanDuel Louisiana

Pre-Launch Promo

$100

in Bonus Credit

New User Promo

$1,000

Risk-Free 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 has lightning-quick loading times and an easy visual experience. 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 cannot be withdrawn.

Up until sports betting goes live in Louisiana, FanDuel allows bettors to register now and receive $100 in bonus credit. This can be used on wagering in any capacity, whether it’s a few dollars here and there or putting all $100 on a single bet. No deposit is necessary to receive the bonus money.

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 has recently become available in the state of Louisiana.

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+

Best For Daily Fantasy Sports Players

$100 in Free Bets (No Deposit Needed)

Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

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

Best For Daily Fantasy Sports Players

DraftKings Louisiana

Pre-Launch Promo

$100

in Free Bets with Early Registration

New User Offers

$50 Free Bet

w/ $5+ Deposit & 20% Match Up To $1,000

Licensed By

Louisiana Gaming Control Board

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.

Prior to sports betting going live in Louisiana, a DraftKings pre-launch offer is available to new players. Simply sign up now at the website to receive $100 in free bets when wagering is available. No deposit is required to receive the promotion.

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+

Retail sports betting has officially gone live at ten Louisiana brick-and-mortar casinos and within tribal lands. Online sports betting is expecting to launch sometime in January. Up to 41 online sportsbooks are expected to launch across the state. Betting kiosks at bars and restaurants can be expected early next year.

Our analysis estimates sports betting revenue in Louisiana to reach $219 million annually, $175 million from mobile and online handles. Revenue at retail locations is taxed at 10% while online revenue will have an additional tax rate of 15%.

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

Louisiana Sports Betting Launch Updates

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

On Oct. 31, Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City and Harrah’s New Orleans became the second and third casinos to open retail sportsbooks. They are partnered with Caesars Sportsbook. The next day on Nov. 1, 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 on Nov. 10. Two days later on Nov. 12, Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City began accepting sports wagers. The company has officially opened The Sportsbook, which is located right inside the main entrance of the casino.

On Nov. 15, Boomtown Casino & Hotel in Bossier City began accepting bets at 4 p.m. The Sportsbook at Boomtown is located on the first floor of the casino next to the Video Poker Bar.

In total, ten retail casinos in Louisiana now offer sports betting.

Mobile sports betting is still in the works, but is expected launch soon. Ronnie Johns, chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, told Louisiana Sharp that he expects mobile sports betting to launch in Louisiana in January.

Sportsbook Promos

The sports betting industry is growing rapidly in the United States, and it is 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 Will Sports Betting Licenses Be Distributed In Louisiana?

The state will issue 20 sportsbook licenses to casinos, with those entities having the right of first refusal. 13 of the 20 casinos have applied to offer sports wagering at their establishment. 

Each license will be allowed to issue two “skins” to mobile sportsbook operators. Betting through the sportsbook website or app will be available once these operators receive an additional review from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. LGCB Chief Johns didn’t mention specific sportsbooks in a recent update with Gaming Today.

A 41st skin is expected to be awarded to the Louisiana Lottery Corporation (LLC). The LLC will also be in charge of sports betting kiosks at bars and restaurants, which could be available as early as this month.

More good news for bettors is they’ll be able to register for betting accounts either online or in-person. Betting will also be available on college sports, including institutions located within the state of Louisiana.

The sports betting bill sponsored by Rep. John Stefanski (SB130) and signed into law in June by Gov. John Bel Edwards calls for a $250,000 application fee and a $500,000 license fee that covers five years.

What Will You Be Able To Bet On?

Once approved, sports fans and bettors alike will be 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 will also be 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 is truly something for everyone. It is important to note that Louisiana has not yet finalized its regulations yet, but it is expected that bettors will be able to bet on all the major sports across the world.

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 New Orleans Saints have a very passionate fan base, and those fans have already started placing wagers supporting the black and gold. The Saints won their lone Super Bowl back in 2009, and they have made the playoffs in each of the last four seasons.

The other professional sports franchise in the Bayou State is the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA. On July 22, the Pelicans named Willie Green as their new head coach. Green won two NBA titles with the Golden State Warriors as an assistant coach 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.  

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College Sports In Louisiana

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

On October 17, 2021, it was announced that Ed Orgeron would not return as the team’s head coach after this season. In December, LSU announced that Brian Kelly, formerly the head coach at Notre Dame, had accepted the same position in Baton Rouge. Kelly has already started preparing for the 2022 season.

LSU alum Joe Burrow led the Cincinnati Bengals to a wild card victory over the Raiders last week. It was Cincinnati’s first playoff win since 1990. This Saturday, Burrow and the Bengals head to Nashville to take on the Titans. When it comes to betting, the Bengals find themselves as 3.5-point underdogs with the over/under set at 47.5.

The LSU men’s basketball team is having a tremendous season. As of January 21, the Tigers are 15-3 and 3-3 in a stacked SEC conference. The Tigers have also been kind to bettors, going 14-4 ATS so far this season. Interestingly enough, the Tigers have also been kind to under bettors, as the under is 15-3 in their 18 games.

On the women’s side, LSU is enjoying a solid season as well. Head coach Kim Mulkey has led the Tigers to a 17-2 record thus far, and they are currently the No. 11 team in the country.

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 will be able to place wagers on all of these teams when sports betting launches in the state.

It is certainly an exciting time to be a Louisiana sports fan, and sports betting will only increase enthusiasm.

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 is not going to cut it. In football and basketball, one team is usually favored over their opponent, and they are favored to win by a certain amount of points.

For example, if the Saints are listed as favorites at -3.5, in order to win the bet, they must not only win the game, but win by at least four points or more. 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 Panthers and the total listed is 48.5. If you bet on the over, you will 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 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, assists, and rebounds.  

For example, bettors can bet on Zion Williamson to score over or under his listed total of 21.5 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 will 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 Championship.

DraftKings currently lists the New Orleans Pelicans at +170 odds to make the playoffs, +4500 to win the Western Conference, and +9000 to win the NBA Championship.  

Another popular NBA futures bet is the total amount of wins a team will have in a season. DraftKings currently lists the Pelicans’ win total at 39.5, and both the over and under posted at -110 odds.

How To Bet On Sports In Louisiana

Once sports betting is live in Louisiana, you will be able to start placing wagers right from your mobile phone. This will give bettors the option to bet from the comfort of their own home, 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-old or older and within one of the approved parishes). It may also ask for information like your Social Security number and physical address.
  • You will not need to be a Louisiana resident in order to wager with Louisiana sportsbooks.  You will also not 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.

Louisiana Gambling FAQ

What parishes will not 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 will have to drive to other parishes to place sports bets once mobile betting is live.

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

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

Is gambling online legal in Louisiana?

Technically, yes. But mobile sportsbooks have not been fully authorized to begin accepting wagers. The process is still in the works, and mobile sports betting is expected to launch in Louisiana sometime this month.

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.

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 you have to pay taxes if you win at casinos in Louisiana?

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