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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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Sports betting is coming to Louisiana! 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.

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. Retail sports betting has officially gone live within tribal lands. Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville launched a sportsbook at The Draft Room with their partner, Betfred Sports.

Additional retail locations are expected to launch sometime this fall. Online sports betting will come later after partnered gaming operators receive further review. 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. 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.

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

Louisiana Sports Betting Bonus Offers October 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.

Top Louisiana Online Sportsbooks For 2021

Best For Daily Fantasy Sports Players

20% deposit match bonus up to $1,000

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

Free Bet Bonus Offer

$50 Free Bet

With $5 or Higher Deposit

Deposit Bonus Offer

$1,000

20% Deposit 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.

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 Physical Casino Players

Up to $1,000 risk-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

Risk Free Bet Offer

$1,000

Code: SHARP

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 Rewards and Initial Bonus

Up to $5,000 risk-free bet

Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

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

Best For Rewards and Initial Bonus

Caesars Sportsbook Louisiana

Bonus Offer

$5,000

Risk-Free Bet

Licsensed By

Louisiana Gaming Control Board

Louisiana Partner

Caesars Entertainment

Owned casino properties in Louisiana

Caesars Sportsbook’s rebrand features a new layout and extremely generous rewards for both new and existing users. An initial risk-free bet of up to $5,000 is the largest in the industry at this time. 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 Entry-Level Bettors

100% deposit match bonus up to $250

Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

States Allowed: CO, IL, IN, IA, MI, PA, VA

Best For Entry-Level Bettors

BetRivers Louisiana

Deposit Bonus Offer

100% Match Up To $250

Code: SHARP250

Licensed By

Louisiana Gaming Control Board

Projected Louisiana Partner

Coushatta Casino Resort

with Rush Street Gaming

For those just entering the betting scene, BetRivers has a great deposit bonus and low playthrough requirements. The sportsbook will match 100% of the first deposit up to $250. This provides free money to use 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 risk-free bet

Available On: Android, iOS, Web Browser

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

Best For Overall App Experience

FanDuel Louisiana

Bonus Offer

$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. 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.

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 Updates

Before legal sports betting goes live in the state, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board (LGCB), which oversees most gambling in the state, needs to implement rules that will regulate the activity. 

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 LGCB.

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.

Native American tribes will offer exclusive sports betting within their land under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe currently offers wagering through Betfred Sports at Paragon Casino Resort with mobile betting coming soon.

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.

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.

Louisiana Sports Betting News

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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 will be ready to place wagers backing their team once sports betting becomes available. The Saints won their lone Super Bowl back in 2009, and they have made the playoffs in each of the last four seasons.

A new era begins at quarterback for the Saints in 2021. With the retirement of Drew Brees, Jameis Winston has been given the nod under center to lead the team. Key players for the season include the return of star running back Alvin Kamara, quarterback Taysom Hill, and wide receiver and kick returner Deonte Harris. This is the 15th season under head coach Sean Payton.

While betting is not yet live in the state, bettors can still keep an eye out on the odds, which can vary between sportsbooks. The Saints are currently +400 to win the NFC South, +1400 to win the NFC, and +3000 to win the Super Bowl on DraftKings (as of Week 6).

The other professional sports franchise in the Bayou State is the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA. The Pelicans narrowly missed out on the playoffs in the 2020-21 season, but hopes are high for the upcoming season.

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.  

The chart below shows the odds currently listed for the Pelicans to win the NBA Championship on popular sportsbooks.

SportsbookPelicans Championship Odds
DraftKings+9000
FanDuel+10000
Caesars+10000

New Orleans Saints Betting Odds 2021

BUF Bills vs NO Saints Moneyline Point Spread Total Points
BUF Bills -1.5 (-110) O 52 (-110)
NO Saints +1.5 (-110) U 52 (-110)
Odds updated: September 12, 10:07am PDT

Check out the latest New Orleans Saints Betting Odds at DraftKings Sportsbook.

New Orleans Saints Betting News

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Saints helmet

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LSU Tigers Betting News

LSU Tigers statue

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LSU Tigers Stadium

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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. Heading into Week 7, the Tigers are currently +40000 to win the SEC title game and unlisted as a national title contender due to the number of losses they have.

LSU football has its fifth season under head coach Ed Orgeron. After going undefeated and winning the national title in 2019, the Tigers finished fourth in the Western division of the SEC with a 5-5 record. They look to build on that for the 2021 campaign. Their challenging schedule includes back-to-back road games against Ole Miss and Alabama that begin in late October.

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 the 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.

History Of Gambling And Sports Betting In Louisiana

Although legal sports betting is taking a while to get off the ground, other forms of gambling have been available in the Pelican State for quite some time. For example, there are nearly 20 riverboat casinos, several tribal casinos, and Harrah’s New Orleans, in addition to hundreds of different locations where you can enjoy video poker, a variety of horse race tracks where you can place bets, plus off-track betting parlors and a state lottery.

Gambling in Louisiana started in the 1700s, before it was even a state. More recently, 1940 saw the creation of the Louisiana Racing Commission, which authorized pari-mutuel horse racing in the state that has remained to this day.

A state lottery and riverboat casinos began in the 1990s. There are currently almost two dozen live commercial casinos throughout Louisiana, most of them on riverboats. The riverboats aren’t required to sail on their host rivers to offer gambling activities. This gets around legislation that would otherwise outlaw traditional casino activities, like slot games.

Additionally, there are four tribal casinos on reservation lands. New Orleans holds the state’s only official land-based commercial casino that isn’t on a riverboat.

Sports wagering legalization began expanding beyond Nevada with a 2018 decision by the Supreme Court which deemed PASPA unconstitutional. Since then, Louisiana lawmakers have been pushing for legalization, and the November 2020 ballot gave voters a chance to decide for themselves.

Timeline Of LA Sports Gambling History

  • 1940 – The Louisiana legislature votes to create the Louisiana Racing Commission, which legalizes pari-mutuel racing at race tracks, plus the construction of off-track betting parlors. Racetracks open over the coming decades, such as Evangeline Downs in 1966 and Louisiana Downs in 1974.
  • 1993 – The state lottery is reintroduced after over a century (it was previously started in the 1800s but was later banned). The Louisiana legislature also authorizes the construction and operation of special riverboat casinos, a law that initially requires the boats to be sailing while gambling takes place.
  • 1993 – The state’s first tribal and land-based casino, called the Cypress Pines Casino, launches in Charenton.
  • 1995 – The above-mentioned rule requiring riverboat casinos to be sailing to offer gambling activities is repealed. After this point, riverboat casinos are allowed to provide slot and other gaming activities on their premises even when docked.
  • 2020 – The Louisiana legislature passes SB 130, which allows the question of legal sports wagering to be placed on the November 2020 ballot. Voters then vote to legalize sports wagering in 55 of 64 parishes in Louisiana.
  • 2021 – The sports betting bill passes through the Louisiana state government and goes into effect in July. Emergency rules are established, and after a delay from Hurricane Ida, sports betting is expected to go live in the fall. 

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%.