Sports betting has found its way to Louisiana. Starting Sunday, Oct. 31, four Louisiana casinos began accepting in-person wagers. Those four casinos are Boomtown Casino in Harvey, L’Auberge Baton Rouge, Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City, and most notably, Harrah’s in New Orleans.
Located right in the heart of downtown New Orleans near the foot of Canal Street, Harrah’s is a main attraction for visitors as well as New Orleans locals. The addition of sports betting brings another element of excitement to the 115,000 square foot facility.
Caesars Sportsbook At Harrah’s
With mobile sports betting still in the works, Harrah’s, which is part of Caesars Entertainment, aims to be a home for sports fans in the region looking to bet on their favorite teams in person. The actual bets made at Harrah’s are done through Caesars Sportsbook.
To celebrate the milestone of sports betting coming to Louisiana, Caesars held a first bet event inside Harrah’s. Former New Orleans Saints quarterback and current media personality Bobby Hebert, also known as the “Cajun Cannon,” placed the ceremonial first bet. Naturally, he bet on the Saints. His $1,100 wager on his former team to cover the 4.5-point spread over the favored Tampa Bay Buccaneers won with ease, as the Saints won the game outright. The winnings were donated by Hebert and Caesars Sportsbook to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Harrah’s is open 24 hours a day, but the hours in which bets can be placed at the sportsbook kiosks are somewhat limited. The hours of operation for Caesars Sportsbook at Harrah’s New Orleans are as follows:
- Monday-Thursday: 11a.m.-11p.m.
- Friday: 10a.m.-midnight
- Saturday: 8a.m.-midnight
- Sunday: 8a.m.-11:00p.m.
The betting area at Harrah’s features multiple kiosks where bets can be placed. Food and beverages are available to guests and bettors alike, and TVs line the walls with plenty of ways to watch the action unfold.
Caesars Sportsbook In Louisiana
Caesars Entertainment completed its $3.7 billion acquisition of U.K.-based bookmaker William Hill in April 2021. Later in August, it rebranded as “Caesars Sportsbook” for the merged companies’ mobile sports betting platforms.
Caesars Sportsbook at Harrah’s continues the process of expanding Caesars’ footprint in the Pelican State.
Earlier this summer, Caesars inked a 20-year naming rights deal with the Superdome. The deal expands the partnership between the New Orleans Saints and Caesars with the aim of bringing more big sporting events and entertainment acts to New Orleans.
In September, LSU Athletics announced that they have entered into a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Caesars Sportsbook. The deal made Caesars the exclusive gaming and sportsbook partner of the LSU athletics department.
While mobile wagering is not yet live, bettors can still download the Caesars Sportsbook app to create an account. Caesars is running a pair of pre-launch bonus offers for Louisiana bettors.
There is a two-step process for the bonus offers. Here are the details for Caesars Sportsbook Louisiana:
Step 1: Register an account at Caesars before the first day of mobile sports betting and earn a free $100 bet the day mobile betting is launched.
Step 2: Make a deposit of at least $50 into your Caesars Sportsbook account before mobile betting launches to earn $1 per point scored by Louisiana teams that play on the first weekend of live mobile wagering. Teams and other details will be announced at a later date.
What Type Of Bets Are Taken At Retail Sportsbooks In Louisiana?
In-person betting at retail sportsbooks like Caesars at Harrah’s offer plenty of options. 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 you bet on the Saints to win and they do, you win money. Simple as that. Payouts/odds are a little higher when betting on an underdog, and those wagers are represented with a plus symbol. Conversely, payouts/odds are lower when betting on the favorite, and those bets are represented with a minus symbol.
Points Spread Bets
Things get a little more interesting with a points spread bet. In this case, 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.
Player Prop Bets
Player props focus on a single player in a game. In NFL games, a popular player prop is total passing yards by quarterbacks. For example, bettors can bet on Saints QB Trevor Siemian to throw over or under his listed total of 212.5 passing yards.
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. For example, you can bet on the winner of the next World Series, or choose a team that you think will win the Super Bowl, and so on.
Mobile Sportsbooks Expected In Louisiana
Along with Caesars Sportsbook, a number of other mobile sportsbooks are expected to launch in Louisiana in the near future. Expected sportsbooks include:
DraftKings already provides daily fantasy sports in the state. It has typically been one of the first sportsbooks launched in other states when approved.
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, with user-friendly odds and a deep betting market that features something for everyone.
In addition to offering daily fantasy sports, FanDuel has an existing deal with Boyd Gaming, a company that owns three of Louisiana’s riverboat casinos. FanDuel might be Boyd’s chosen gaming brand once the industry launches in Louisiana.
PointsBet has an excellent and wide-ranging market available for bettors to go along with user-friendly odds. The Australian-founded sportsbook has become known for its unique form of sports wagering: the points bet. This is a bet in which the amount a bettor wins or losses increases or decreases based on the margin of victory. For example, if the team you bet on wins in a blowout, you win more money. If the team you bet on loses by a wide margin, the amount you lose increases, too.
Caesars Sportsbook At Harrah’s New Orleans FAQs
You have to be 21 years of age or older in order to participate in any gambling activity in Louisiana.
Yes. Live betting is allowed.
Yes. Bettors are able to bet on the New Orleans Pelicans at Harrah’s.
The first retail sports bets in Louisiana were accepted on Oct. 6, 2021, at the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, which partnered with sportsbook operator Betfred.
Yes. The Louisiana state lottery can be played in person or by purchasing tickets at licensed locations.
Any sport that is legal to gamble on in Louisiana. This includes professional sports, college sports, and international sports.