Mobile sports betting is now available in Louisiana! The 2022 Major League Baseball season is underway, and thanks to the rollout of mobile sports betting earlier this year, baseball fans in Louisiana can now bet on America’s favorite pastime from the comfort of their own homes.
A handful of Louisiana mobile sportsbook apps are available to download, which means bayou bettors have plenty of options when placing their wagers. While the season is still young, it’s never too early to do your homework and find where you can get the best MLB odds at Louisiana sportsbooks!
MLB Odds At The Best Sportsbooks In Louisiana
The chart below shows the best MLB futures odds available for three of Louisiana’s top sportsbooks: DraftKings, FanDuel, and Caesars. These odds are current as of Friday, June 17, and can fluctuate as the season moves along.
|LOUISIANA SPORTSBOOK||World Series Odds||AL Pennant Odds||NL Pennant Odds|
Blue Jays +950
Blue Jays +450
White Sox +1000
Blue Jays +1100
Blue Jays +500
White Sox +850
Blue Jays +1000
Blue Jays +450
White Sox +1100
Because the odds vary between sportsbooks, we advise that Louisiana bettors download multiple sportsbooks before betting on Major League Baseball. This way, you are able to easily see which platform is offering the best odds for your bets.
For example, a bettor wishing to bet on the Yankees to win the World Series would be better suited to place his or her bet through Caesars. The +600 odds on Caesars are much more appealing than the +500 odds on DraftKings or FanDuel.
The Atlanta Braves won the World Series last fall, and after starting the season at +1000 odds, they are currently +1100 to repeat as champions on DraftKings.
Where Can You Bet On MLB Games In Louisiana?
A handful of sports betting apps are now available for Louisiana residents to download and use. This gives sports fans the ability to bet directly from their mobile devices. In addition to mobile sports betting apps, several sportsbooks have partnered with Louisiana casinos to give bettors the chance to place their bets in person. These include Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, Barstool, Bally Bet, TwinSpires, and Golden Nugget.
Online Sportsbook Options For Louisiana
Several sportsbooks apps are now ready to use, and in total, up to 41 online sportsbooks are expected to launch across the state. In total, 55 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes approved sports betting. The nine that voted to not legalize sports betting are Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Jackson, LaSalle, Sabine, Union, West Carrol, and Winn. Bettors in these parishes have to drive to other parishes to place sports bets.
Retail Sportsbook Options For Louisiana
In addition to mobile betting, Louisiana sports fans have the option to place their bets in person. Bets can be placed at the following brick-and-mortar casinos in Louisiana:
- Boomtown Casino & Hotel New Orleans
- Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel & Casino
- Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel & Casino
- L’Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge
- L’Auberge Casino Lake Charles
- Paragon Casino Resort and Hotel
- Margaritaville Resort Casino
- Boomtown Casino Hotel
- Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino
- Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino
Paragon Resort Casino in Marksville, which is operated by the local Tunica-Biloxi Tribe, opened the state’s first retail sportsbook on Oct. 6, 2021, in partnership with Betfred Sports. Mobile sports betting on tribal land is exclusive, meaning bettors in these locations can only use the partnered sportsbooks in the area and not other commercial sportsbooks. Paragon is the only casino in Louisiana not regulated through the state.
How Are MLB Odds Calculated?
When betting on Major League Baseball, popular wagers include moneyline, point spread, and totals. The total number of possible bets on a given game goes far beyond these three categories, but understanding how these three betting staples work is crucial to a solid sports betting strategy.
Before placing a wager on an MLB game, it’s important to understand how the odds work and how they are calculated. In this example, consider a game in which the Houston Astros are playing against their AL West rivals, the Texas Rangers. The odds may look something like this:
|Spread (Run Line)||Total||Moneyline|
|Texas Rangers||+1.5 (-110)||Over 9.5 (-110)||+150|
|Houston Astros||-1.5 (-110)||Under 9.5 (-110)||-175|
Now let’s break down what these odds mean and how they are calculated.
How MLB Moneylines Are Calculated
Moneyline bets refer to who you think will win the game. Simply pick the straight-up winner, and your bet pays off at the odds posted on the moneyline if your team is victorious. The odds for the favored team are denoted with a minus sign, while the underdog is listed with a plus sign. Oddsmakers consider a number of different scenarios to create moneyline odds. These include pitching matchups, injuries, scheduling, recent trends, and matchups. In this scenario, the Rangers are the underdogs with +150 odds on the moneyline. This means that if you bet $100 on the Rangers to win, your bet would win $150 if they are victorious. Conversely, the Astros are listed as the favorites with -175 odds. This means that you would have to bet $175 to win $100 with a Houston victory.
How MLB Point Spreads Are Calculated
Point spreads are also referred to as “run lines” in baseball. Run lines are similar to point spreads in basketball or football. Much line moneyline bets, the favored team is listed with a minus sign while the underdog is listed with a plus sign. In the above example, bettors can take the Rangers (+1.5) runs, or the Astros (-1.5) runs. If you bet on the Astros (-1.5), you would need them to win by two or more runs in order to receive a payout. A 3-2 win would not cut it. On the other side, if you bet on the Rangers (+1.5), you would need the Rangers to either win the game outright or lose by just a single run in order to win your bet.
How MLB Totals Are Calculated
A totals bet asks the bettor to simply choose whether the total number of combined runs scored by both teams will end up over or under a posted number. These types of bets are usually listed with -110 odds. Lines for totals bets are made using a variety of factors. Perhaps most notably, oddsmakers take into account pitching matchups. For example, if two aces are going toe-to-toe, the total will be listed lower. If two No. 4 starters are starting, then the total will be higher. In the above scenario, the totals bet for the Rangers-Astros tilt puts that number at 9.5 runs. Over bettors would need 10 or more combined runs to win their bet, while under bettors would need nine or fewer runs.
MLB Futures Odds
A “futures bet” is what it implies. Rather than betting on a singular game, futures bets refer to the outcome at a point later in the season, and bettors get the entire season for the outcome to occur (or not). Popular MLB futures bets include World Series winner, American League winner, National League winner, team win totals (over/under), MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year. You can also bet on certain player statistics such as the player with the most home runs and most strikeouts.
World Series futures bets are available at all times of the year at legal online sportsbooks. Bettors can now place their bets on who they think will win the 2022 World Series. The Dodgers have the best odds to win it all at +450 on DraftKings.
Keep in mind that these futures odds can fluctuate throughout the season. Instances such as winning streaks, cold streaks, injuries, suspensions, and trades can influence a team’s World Series odds.
How To Place MLB Prop Bets
Prop bets involve betting on an event that happens within a game but isn’t directly connected with the final score. Prop bets available for a given MLB game can include totals wagers on one team’s total score, or betting on a pitcher to notch a certain number of strikeouts. Some additional examples of player props are how many home runs, RBIs, or total bases a particular player will have.
You can also bet on MLB player props for a series of games such as the World Series. Once the teams are set, you can bet on a long list of props across the duration of the MLB World Series instead of a singular game.
The 2021 World Series between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros offered a wide array of prop betting opportunities. Common options included lines on whether either team would score a run in the first inning, or whether a collection of players from both teams would each end the game with two or more total bases.
Series prop bets can include wagering on how many games the series will go, or totals bets on a team’s home run total over the duration of the series.
How To Bet On MLB In Louisiana
Louisiana implemented retail sports betting last fall, and mobile betting became available earlier this year. Residents in the legalized 55 parishes can now place their MLB bets in-person at physical retail sites as well as through mobile apps and desktop websites for sportsbooks partnered with Louisiana casinos.
Let’s say you’ve decided to use the DraftKings Sportsbook app in Louisiana. First, you’ll need to download the app from either the Google Play Store for Android or Apple App Store for Apple iOS users. From there, you’ll be prompted to create an account where you’ll give some personal information such as name, address, email, and social security number.
Once this information is verified (typically happens right away), you can deposit money into your account in a variety of ways. The most popular and common are online banking, debit/credit cards, or PayPal.
After you have money in your account and you’re located in one of the sanctioned 55 parishes, you can open the app and look for MLB at the top of the screen. If MLB isn’t showing directly on the homepage of the app, you can always search by sport by clicking “All Sports” at the bottom of the app.
Find the game and event you want to wager on, choose the amount you want to bet, click submit, and you’re set!
MLB Sportsbook Partnerships
Common across professional sports, the MLB does have exclusive partnerships with sportsbooks as their “official betting partner.” For the MLB, that includes both DraftKings and BetMGM.
MLB Odds FAQs
Yes. Sportsbooks such as DraftKings, BetMGM, FanDuel, and Caesars allow wagering on all major sports, including Major League Baseball. This means Louisiana bettors can bet on individual MLB games, as well as the World Series.
Yes. BetMGM and DraftKings are “co-exclusive” betting partners for Major League Baseball.
Yes. The DraftKings Sportsbook mobile app is legal and available for Louisiana bettors to use in the state. DraftKings also has a partnership Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Lake Charles, meaning Louisiana bettors can place their wagers with DraftKings in person.
In total, 55 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes approved sports betting. The nine that voted to not legalize sports betting are Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Jackson, LaSalle, Sabine, Union, West Carrol, and Winn. Bettors in these parishes have to drive to other parishes to place sports bets.
Yes. Especially since DraftKings is a sports betting partner of the MLB, DraftKings offers MLB odds in Louisiana.
Futures bets on the 2022 World Series can now be placed using licensed sportsbooks like FanDuel and DraftKings in Louisiana. World Series bets can also be made in-person at one of Louisiana’s land-based casinos.