Louisiana has a variety of legal gambling locations and activities, though the most common are on riverboat casinos due to historically restrictive anti-gambling legislation. In total, there are 24 legal casinos, including riverboats, Native American tribal land, Harrah’s New Orleans, and horse racing tracks. This page will break down what you need to know about these casinos and what you can find during a visit.
Is Online Gambling And Sports Betting Legal In Louisiana?
Online sports wagering was legalized in June 2021 in 55 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes. While the industry hasn’t launched quite yet, both retail and online sports betting are expected to arrive in the fall of 2021 at the earliest. According to the state’s sports betting legislation, sportsbooks will need to partner with either a riverboat casino, Harrah’s, or one of four horse tracks throughout the state in order to offer sports betting.
Once the Louisana Gaming Control Board implements sports betting rules, the casinos and tracks can be the first to apply for the state’s 20 licenses.
Paragon Casino Resort became the first casino to launch a retail sportsbook. It did so on Oct. 6, 2021.
Louisiana is making big strides in the push for online betting and gambling legalization. While it doesn’t yet allow online casino gaming, this may be the next gambling expansion for the Pelican State. That may partly depend on how well the upcoming sports betting industry does and how much revenue it brings in for the state government.
Louisiana Casino List & Locations
- Boomtown Casino & Hotel (300 Riverside Dr, Bossier City, LA 71111) – Boomtown is on the west bank of the Mississippi River. A smaller gambling location, it offers 1,400 slot machines, 29 table games, and seven poker tables. It also offers a small hotel that can fit a couple of hundred guests.
- Horseshoe Casino & Hotel (711 Horseshoe Blvd, Bossier City, LA 71111)– Horseshoe Casino & Hotel is located in Bossier City. Its amenities include 14 poker tables, 60 table games, and 1,500 slot machines, plus a spa and lots of shops and entertainment venues for guests looking for other resort activities
- Eldorado Resort Casino (451 Clyde Fant Pkwy, Shreveport, LA 71101)– Eldorado’s Resort Casino is located in Shreveport, Louisiana, and it has over 29,000 ft.² of gaming space. About 1,500 slot games, 50 table games, and poker tables are available alongside an assortment of restaurants, shops, and a resort spa.
- Sam’s Town Shreveport (315 Clyde Fant Pkwy, Shreveport, LA 71101 Opened) – Sam’s Town is a hotel and casino with 30,000 ft.² gaming space, 29 table games, 1,100 slot machines, and a dedicated poker room. It also includes a spa and various shops.
- L’Auberge Casino Resort (777 Ave L’Auberge, Lake Charles, LA 70601) – L’Auberge is located on Lake Charles and includes a hotel. It also has an 18-hole golf course, 24/7 poker tables, slot machines, table games, and a variety of restaurants and shops for a full vacation experience.
- Lake Charles Golden Nugget Casino Resort (2550 Golden Nugget Blvd, Lake Charles, LA 70601) – Golden Nugget’s Louisiana casino opened in 2014 and is now one of the hottest casinos in Louisiana, offering 24 seven poker tables, 1,600 slot machines, and a variety of table games.
- Belle of Baton Rouge Casino (103 France St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802) – Belle of Baton Rouge is docked in its titular city. It’s both a casino and hotel, offering 14 table games and 750 slot games plus a variety of restaurants and entertainment venues that showcase local bands and other performers like magicians and comedians.
- Hollywood Casino (1717 River Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802) – Hollywood Casino is located in Baton Rouge and is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. It’s located across the street from the state capital and has 925 slot games and 12 table games available for casino enthusiasts.
- Harrah’s New Orleans (228 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130) – Harrah’s casino is the only commercial land-based casino in the state. It has a whopping 1,500 slot machines, 105 table games, and a tower hotel with space for hundreds of guests. Also included are a variety of shops and attractions beyond gambling stations.
- Treasure Chest Casino (5050 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA 70065) – Treasure Chest Casino is located in New Orleans for an authentic riverboat casino experience. It has 36 table games and 999 slot machines, plus a handful of restaurants and other entertainment venues that often showcase live music from local bands in the area.
- Crescent City Casino – Crescent City Casino has 5,000 ft.² of gaming space and 50 slot machines. It’s a smaller than average riverboat casino, but it also has some unique attractions to make your stay more memorable relative to its competition.
- Amelia Belle Casino (500 Lake Palourde Rd, Amelia, LA 70340) – Amelia Belle Casino is located in Baton Rouge and has 15 table games plus 825 slot games. This small riverboat casino’s gaming space is spread out across two floors. Visitors will also find a hidden poker room sequestered away on the third floor of the riverboat, offering a secluded and private poker experience.
- Cypress Bayou Casino and Hotel (832 Martin Luther King Rd, Charenton, LA 70523) – This Native American casino is just 45 miles south of Lafayette and is the oldest Native American casino in Louisiana. Today, it offers over 1,000 slot machines, 38 table games, and 180,000 ft.² of casino space. It also includes an excellent live-action poker room, high-stakes bingo tournaments, and even off-track betting for horserace enthusiasts.
- Coushatta Casino Resort (777 Coushatta Dr, Kinder, LA 70648) – Coushatta is the largest casino resort in the Pelican State and opened in 1995. It’s open 24 hours a day, has over 100,000 ft.² of space, featuring 2,800 slot machines. OF those, 1,300 of these are video slots and 170 are video poker machines. Also included are 70 table games, a 20-table poker room, and an off-track betting parlor.
- Jena Choctaw Pines Casino (149 Chahta Trails, Dry Prong, LA 71423) – Jena Choctaw Pines is a smaller but still popular gaming location. It includes 700 Class II gaming machines and a poker room that’s open most days of the week. It includes a single buffet and a sports bar, making this a better choice for a day-visit casino than a week and resort.
- Margaritaville Resort Casino (777 Margaritaville Way, Bossier City, LA 71111) – Margaritaville’s Native American casino overlooks the Red River and has a variety of restaurants, along with a 395 room hotel, plus a spa and fitness center. It’s open 24 hours a day, has 1,000 slot machines, and 50 table games, so there’s plenty of gaming activity available for fans of major resorts.
- Paragon Casino Resort (711 Paragon Pl, Marksville, LA 71351) – Paragon Casino Resort is located in central Louisiana and has over 650,000 sq. ft. of space in total. There are 2,100 slot machines, $100,000 jackpots, 46 gaming tables, and a high-stakes poker room. Also included is a showroom, stage, and atrium where live entertainment events happen year-round. For food, guests have multiple restaurant options, and the resort includes a 500-room hotel and spa. A conference center can be rented for privacy and major events.
Live Sports Betting In Louisiana
Live sports betting could launch in Louisiana by Fall 2021. Casinos in the state will partner with at least one sportsbook operator to benefit from the increased revenue and foot traffic, so Louisianans can expect to see plenty of retail sportsbooks throughout the state.
Each of the 20 licensees will have the opportunity to offer two mobile sports betting platforms (or “skins”). The Louisiana Lottery Corporation can launch one mobile platform, so there could be as many as 41 mobile platforms on which to make a bet.
There are no restrictions, per state law, against wagering on college sports. More importantly, mobile registration is allowed, meaning bettors can sign up for and deposit money into sports betting apps without having to visit a brick-and-mortar location.
Louisiana Gambling FAQs
Once sportsbooks launch, you’ll need to be 21 or older to place a bet. This will be the legal gambling age for all sports betting activities.
The Louisiana Gaming Control Board oversees most gambling activities. This is the same organization that will oversee and regulate the upcoming sports betting industry.
Most of the casinos are owned by commercial riverboat properties or gambling organizations. There is only one land-based casino in New Orleans owned by Harrah’s. There are also a handful of Native American casinos scattered throughout the state.
No, not yet, except for its daily fantasy sports games. However, this sportsbook giant will push for market access as soon as it can by negotiating a deal with a licensee.
FanDuel is not yet legal in Louisiana, but it is already partnered with major gambling organization Boyd Gaming. Boyd Gaming owns three of the riverboat casinos in the Pelican State. Therefore, you can expect FanDuel to be among the first sportsbooks to launch.