How To Bet On The Saints In Louisiana

New Orleans Saints fans in Louisiana will soon be able to bet on their favorite NFL team online and at licensed retail sports betting locations. While Gov. John Bel Edwards signed legislation into law making sports betting legal in June 2021, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board must promulgate rules before sportsbook operators can officially open. 

Paragon Resort Casino opened a sportsbook on Oct. 6, 2021, but that is the only sports betting option for Saints fans who can travel to place their bets in person.

The Saints have been Super Bowl contenders in recent years, but Saints betting odds have gotten a little higher since the retirement of quarterback Drew Brees.

Saints Betting Odds At The Best Sportsbooks

Odds on all sports teams after vary throughout the betting marketplace, and the Saints are no exception. Therefore, if you’re looking to bet on the Saints or any other team in a variety of markets you should shop around for the best odds for the bet you wish to make.

Those could include:

  • To win the Super Bowl
  • To win the NFC
  • To win the NFC South
  • To go over or under their season wins total
  • To cover the spread in a given game

This chart shows how Saints’ futures odds vary from one sportsbook to another.

New Orleans Saints odds
(as of Oct. 12, 2021)
To Win Super Bowl LVI+3000+4000+4000
To Win NFC+1400+1700+2200
To Win NFC South+400+490+450
Season Win TotalN/A9.5 (over +110, under -130)9.5 (over +110, under -130)
To Make PlayoffsYes -120, No +100Yes -102, No -120Yes -160, No +130

Where Can You Bet On The New Orleans Saints?

Sports betting has been legalized in Louisiana, but until the rules and regulations are implemented by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, most fans will have to travel to retail locations in Mississippi or Arkansas.

Only one retail sportsbook has opened in Louisiana. That is Paragon Resort Casino in Marksville on Oct. 6, 2021. Once the rules and regulations are finalized and sportsbooks get up and running in Louisiana, Saints fans will be able to place bets at multiple online platforms and licensed retail locations.

The legislation signed into law by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards calls for up to 20 sports betting licenses to be granted to riverboat casinos, horse racing tracks, and Harrah’s New Orleans.

Online Sportsbooks

Each of the 20 sportsbook licensees will have the opportunity to offer two mobile betting platforms, often referred to as “skins”. Including the state lottery, Saints fans could eventually have upwards of 41 online sportsbooks to choose from.

Louisiana promises to be a robust sports betting market. We estimate the industry could generate about $219 million in annual revenue, including about $175 million from mobile wagering.

Several online providers have already established a presence in Louisiana and will likely be among the first to launch:

  • Caesars: As one of the more recognizable names in the sports betting industry, Caesars will bring a sense of legitimacy to Louisiana’s sports betting industry. Having partnered with four casinos and Louisiana State University, Caesars will undoubtedly be one of the first online sportsbooks to launch. The company also has naming rights to the Superdome so should have an abundance of brand recognition with Louisiana sports fans.
  • Barstool: While it is not a well-established brand in the sportsbook industry, the name recognition via Barstool Sports will help the Barstool Sportsbook establish a foothold in Louisiana. Owned by Penn National Gaming, which has five casinos in Louisiana, Barstool will likely be one of the first online sportsbooks to launch.
  • DraftKings: Thanks to its time as a DFS provider, DraftKings is one of the more recognized names in the US sports betting industry. The name will be on full display on one of the casino riverboats, recently rebranded “DraftKings at Casino Queen.” As the first DFS licensee in Louisiana, DraftKings has a solid foundation to launch its sportsbook product in the state.
  • FanDuel: Like DraftKings, FanDuel began carving out its market share originally as a DFS company. FanDuel has become one of the biggest and most respected sportsbooks on the legal US sports betting landscape and figures to have a major presence in Louisiana.

Retail Sportsbooks

Louisiana has authorized a sportsbook license for the state’s 14 riverboat casinos, the four racino horse tracks, and Harrah’s casino in New Orleans. In addition to mobile options, Saints fans who prefer the environment of a physical sportsbook will have plenty of places to visit and place a bet.

Here are three sportsbook brands with ties to retail gambling establishments in the state:

  • Caesars Sportsbook at Harrah’s: While it is owned by Vici Properties, Harrah’s New Orleans is operated by Caesars.
  • FanDuel: FanDuel has a strategic partnership with Boyd Gaming, the parent company of Treasure Chest Casino, Evangeline Downs, Amelia Belle Casino, Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel, and Sam’s Town Shreveport.
  • DraftKings: DraftKings partners in other states with Casino Queen, which has an agreement to buy the Belle of Baton Rouge and Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge.

How NFL Betting Odds Are Calculated

Oddsmakers have their own way of calculating odds for a game and futures bets. They all use some combination of advanced mathematics, algorithms, all relevant data related to the teams, and their own expertise in the industry to set the odds.

Once the opening odds get posted, however, they are subject to change depending on how respected gamblers bet and if any new, relevant information comes out such as injuries to key players and inclement weather.

The following is an example of the betting line for the Week 7 game between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks

Point SpreadMoneylineTotal (over/under)
New Orleans Saints-3 (-110)-142N/A
Seattle Seahawks+3 (-110)+120N/A

If you take Seattle and the points, you will need to bet $110 in order to win $100. If you take Seattle to win via the moneyline, and you stand to win $120 when you bet $100. If you go with the Saints and the moneyline, you will need to risk $142 to win $100.

What Kinds Of Bets Can Be Placed On The New Orleans Saints

There are several ways fans of the Saints can put money down on their favorite team. While the betting lines for games are the most common way fans bet on the game, they are not the only way. Several futures bets are available every season, along with weekly and season-long prop bets.

The betting line will contain odds for three types of wagers—the point spread, moneyline, and total (over/under):

  • Point Spread: Negative point spreads are for the favorites, while the positive point spreads are for the underdogs. Favorites have to win by more than their spread, while underdogs have to lose by less than their spread (or win the game) to win a bet.
  • Moneyline: Rather than take the spread, you can bet for either team to win straight up via the moneyline. To level the playing field, bets on favorites win a smaller amount, while bets on underdogs win more.
  • Total (over/under): If you do not want to pick one team over the other, you can bet the over or under on the total. Should you take the over and the combined final score of both teams is higher than the listed total, you win.

What Is A Futures Bet

Futures bets are wagers fans can place on the outcome of future events, i.e., division winners, conference winners, Super Bowl, award winners, etc. These bets can be made from the moment sportsbooks post odds until the odds are taken down (often at a specified time).

It is important to keep in mind that odds may shift and become shorter when the Saints play well. So, if you want a bigger payout, you may want to put money down sooner rather than later.

How To Place Prop Bets On The New Orleans Saints

Proposition bets, commonly known as prop bets, are wagers fans can put on aspects of the game not directly related to the final outcome. Examples include over or under on a quarterback’s passing yards, yes or no on whether a player will score a touchdown, and whether there will be a safety in the game. They are especially popular when it comes to the Super Bowl. For the Super Bowl, you can usually find unique prop bets like the length of the National Anthem and the outcome of the coin flip.

How To Bet On The New Orleans Saints In Louisiana

Once the rules and regulations are implemented, Saints fans in Louisiana will be able to bet via online, mobile apps, and at licensed retail locations. Based on the process involved in other states, fans will likely be able to follow these steps to place bets on the Saints:

  • Research the sportsbooks operating in the state to see which one has the best welcome bonus and odds for the market you are interested in. For this example, let’s say Caesars is your favorite.
  • Go to either Google Play or the Apple App Store to download the version of the Caesars app that works for your mobile device.
  • Register for a new account with Caesars and be sure to enter the correct promo code to receive the welcome bonus.
  • Make your first deposit.
  • Navigate to the page where the market you want to bet on is located.
  • Click on the odds and enter the amount you want to bet in the betting slip.
  • When you are ready, click ‘place bet’ to place your bet.

How To Bet On The Super Bowl In Louisiana

Betting on the Super Bowl can be done almost year-round if you want to place a futures bet on one of the NFL’s 32 teams to win the big game. Many books will also offer odds on which division, conference, or state the Super Bowl winner will come from.

Odds on various prop bets will often be released following the AFC and NFC championship games. Prop bets for the Super Bowl can be on things like the coin flip, how many yards a running back will gain in the first quarter, and how many players will attempt to throw a pass.

If you are more interested in betting on the game itself, you often need to wait until the opening line for the game is released. The opening line is usually released shortly after the conclusion of the conference title games.

If the Saints are not playing in the game, bettors in Louisiana can still bet on the game.

New Orleans Saints Partnerships

On July 26, 2021, Caesars formally announced its 10-year naming rights deal for the Superdome, the Saints’ home stadium.

The Saints have also have had a partnership with Harrah’s Casino, which is operated by Caesars, in New Orleans since 2018. As part of the deal, Harrah’s runs Saints-related promotions and would have an area in the casino featuring the team’s branding. Harrah’s would also become the official post-game destination of the team.

New Orleans Saints Sports Betting FAQs

Do Louisiana’s legal sportsbooks offer bets on the New Orleans Saints?

Yes. When sports betting launches in Louisiana, sportsbooks will offer bets on the New Orleans Saints.

What is the closest sportsbook to the Superdome?

Once sports betting goes live in-state, the nearest retail sportsbook to the stadium will probably be Harrah’s New Orleans. Until then, it appears to be the Silver Slipper Casino Hotel in St. Louis, Miss. Louisianans will have plenty of mobile options, too, meaning they’ll be able to bet from their phone as long as they’re inside state borders.

Do the New Orleans Saints have any partnerships with a sportsbook?

Caesars is the new naming rights sponsor for the Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints. This does not preclude other books from offering wagering options on the Saints.

Where can I bet on the Super Bowl in Louisiana?

Fans will be able to place in-person bets on the Super Bowl in Louisiana at licensed retail sports betting locations (i.e., riverboat casinos, Harrah’s in New Orleans, or one of the racinos), in addition to one of as many as 41 mobile betting platforms to be offered in the state.

Who has the best odds on the New Orleans Saints?

This can vary from sportsbook to sportsbook. Louisiana could launch as many as 41 mobile betting apps so if you spread out your money well enough, you should be able to shop around and find the sportsbook that has the best odds.

About the Author

Travis Pulver

Travis Pulver is a lifelong football fan, something he says comes naturally having been born in the football-crazy state of Texas. Through the years, his love of sports has extended into baseball, basketball, golf, and rugby. Life currently finds him in Indiana with his wife and two kids.