It is an exciting time to be a sports fan in Louisiana. Sports betting has arrived in the Bayou State, and there are plenty of ways to get in on the action.
In November 2020, 55 out of 64 Louisiana parishes voted to approve sports betting in the state. Earlier this year, Gov. John Bel Edwards legalized sports betting by signing Senate Bill 142 and Senate Bill 247 into law.
Nine casinos have launched retail sportsbooks. Now, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board must set the rules and regulations for the industry within the state. Ronnie Johns, chairman of the LGCB, told Louisiana Sharp he expects mobile sports betting to launch in Louisiana in the first week of January.
Louisiana Sportsbooks – Coming Soon
With sports betting legalized in a handful of other states, many regulated and licensed online sportsbooks have already launched in those areas. With up to 41 online licenses available, it is expected that many of the top sportsbooks in the country will soon become available in Louisiana. Expected sportsbooks include:
One of the more rapidly growing sportsbooks, BetMGM is already popular in states like New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It’s a great pick for new and experienced bettors, and is offering $200 in free bets to Louisiana bettors.
DraftKings already provides daily fantasy sports in the state. It has typically been one of the first sportsbooks launched in other states when approved.
FanDuel already offers daily fantasy sports in Louisiana and has an existing deal with Boyd Gaming, a company that owns three of the riverboat casinos in Louisiana. FanDuel might be Boyd’s choice gaming brand once the industry launches.
Caesars Entertainment completed its $3.7 billion acquisition of UK-based bookmaker William Hill in April 2021. Later in August, it rebranded as “Caesars Sportsbook” for the merged companies’ mobile sports betting platforms. Caesars owns several casinos in Louisiana, operates Harrah’s New Orleans, and has naming rights to the Superdome. The company also announced an official partnership with LSU Athletics.
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.
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 sports betting options currently listed on mobile sportsbooks include Major League Soccer, English Premier League, UFC, NASCAR, Minor League Baseball, Golf, 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 Leagues 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 finished the 2021-22 regular season with a record of 9-8, narrowly missing the playoffs.
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 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, and on July 22, 2021, they 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.
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. The Tigers named Brian Kelly as their new head coach in December.
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.
Kinds 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.
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.
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.
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 players 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.
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 +50000 odds to win the Southwest division, +30000 to win the Western Conference, and +60000 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 31.5, 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 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 Sports Betting FAQs
FanDuel is not yet legal in Louisiana. However, as one of the most popular sportsbooks in the country, FanDuel is expected to be a big player in the Bayou State once sports betting is launched.
Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Jackson, Sabine, Union, West Carroll, and Winn parishes opted to not legalize sports betting. When launched, bettors located in these parishes will simply have to drive to a parish that voted YES on sports betting to place a wager.
No. There are not currently any partnerships between the New Orleans Pelicans and a sportsbook. Keep an eye out for any partnership announcements in the coming months as the launch date approaches.
Yes. Right now, there are 19 commercial casinos in the state: 14 riverboat casinos, 4 racino horse tracks, and Harrah’s Casino (featuring Caesars Sportsbook) located in New Orleans. Sports betting is offered at nine retail casinos.
You have to be 21 years of age or older in order to participate in any gambling activity in Louisiana.
Yes. Casino game winnings in Louisiana are taxed at a rate of 21.5%.
Yes. The Louisiana state lottery can be played in person or by purchasing tickets at licensed locations.