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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.

Bettors who register and verify their Caesars Sportsbook account will get a $100 free bet to use once sports betting officially launches in Louisiana. An additional part of the pre-launch bonus includes $1 per point scored by local teams playing the first weekend after betting goes live. Just deposit at least $50 to get the deal. Use our Caesars Sportsbook promo code: SHARPBET. More details on qualifying games are forthcoming.

DraftKings, FanDuel, and Betfred Sports 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. A $150 free bet is available at Betfred Louisiana with an early sign-up.

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

Louisiana Sports Betting Bonus Offers December 2021

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 2021

Best For Rewards and Initial Bonus

$100 Free Bet + $1 Per Point Scored

Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

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

Best For Rewards and Initial Bonus

Caesars Sportsbook Louisiana

Pre-Launch Promo

$100

Free Bet + $1,001 Bet Match

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. Its new welcome bonus transitions to a $1,001 bet match. New users can wager up to $1,001 on their first bet and get a free bet of equal value.

  • Earn a $100 free bet when you register and verify your account at Caesars Sportsbook. The free bet will be available to you on launch day.
  • Deposit a minimum of $50 to earn $1 per point scored by local teams during the first weekend betting is live. Details on specific teams coming soon.

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 NFL season, 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 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, 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 Louisiana Retail Location

$150 Free Bet (No Deposit Needed)

Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

States Allowed: CO, IA, LA, PA

Best For Louisiana Retail Location

Betfred Sports

Pre-Launch Promo

$150

Free Bet

Licensed By

Louisiana Gaming Control Board

Louisiana Partner

Paragon Casino Resort

Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe

Betfred Sports is the first to launch a retail sportsbook location in the state of Louisiana. Popular sports are featured on the platform, including American football, tennis, and mixed martial arts. Some areas feature state-specific promotions. In the near future, online betting will be available for those near the retail location.

Pros

  • Terrific welcome bonus offer
  • Simplified layout features fast loading times, quick live betting

Cons

  • Limited mobile app only available in certain locations
  • Some graphical issues on website layout

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, IL, IN, IA, MI, NH, NJ, 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+

Late last year, voters in the majority of Louisiana parishes voted to legalize sports betting in their areas. Earlier this year, Gov. John Bel Edwards legalized sports betting by signing Senate Bill 142 and Senate Bill 247 into law. It’s now down to the state government to finalize the industry by issuing licenses to retail locations and approving sportsbook operators.

Retail sports betting has officially gone live publically and within tribal lands. Online sports betting will come later after partnered gaming operators receive further review. Up to 41 online sportsbooks are expected to launch across the state. Betting kiosks at bars and restaurants can be expected early next year.

Louisiana Gaming Control Board (LGCB) chairman Ronnie Johns confirmed that sports betting will launch during football season. Retail locations will receive temporary certification for sports betting as they continue to build out permanent areas for sportsbooks. The progression to official licensing will likely happen 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

Sports betting is live at a handful of brick-and-mortar casinos across the state. Retail sports betting is now offered at nine Louisiana casinos. Eight locations have been approved through the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

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.

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 the first week of 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. The remaining seven casinos have until January 1, 2022, to submit an application and are expected to do so. 

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 January 2022.

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.

With the retirement of Drew Brees, Jameis Winston took the reins of the New Orleans offense to start the 2021-22 NFL season. However, Winston went down with a torn ACL in his left knee and sustained MCL damage in the Saints’ Week 8 matchup against the Buccaneers. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season. Trevor Siemian is the new signal caller for Sean Payton’s offense.

Through 12 weeks of the season, the Saints are 5-6 and find themselves on a four-game losing streak. New Orleans is in 3rd place of the NFC South, while the Buccaneers lead the division with a record of 8-3.

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 earlier this year.  

New Orleans Saints Betting Odds 2021

TB Buccaneers vs ATL Falcons Moneyline Point Spread Total Points
TB Buccaneers -526 -10.5 (-110) U 50.5 (-110)
ATL Falcons +385 +10.5 (-110) O 50.5 (-110)
Odds updated: December 4, 1:11pm PST

The New Orleans Saints lost their fifth game in a row on Thursday night, falling to the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 27-17. New Orleans will aim to get back on track next Sunday, December 12, against the New York Jets.

With a record of 5-7, the Saints find themselves at the bottom of the NFC South. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lead the division with a record of 8-3, and they have a big divisional game against the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday. The chart above shows the current odds for that matchup.

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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.

LSU football has its fifth and last season under head coach Ed Orgeron. On October 17, 2021, it was announced that Orgeron would not return as the team’s head coach after this season. Following the national title run in 2019, the Tigers went 9-8 under Orgeron prior to the announcement.

Other notable athletic programs in the state include the Tulane Green Wave of the AAC, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs of C-USA, and 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 LA 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

Is it legal to gamble at casinos in Louisiana?

Yes, at licensed riverboat casinos, Native American casino locations, and Harrah’s New Orleans.

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 there are no licensed mobile sportsbooks to enjoy right now. You can place online horse race bets, however, using apps like TVG.

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%.