What To Expect When Mobile Sports Betting Launches In Louisiana

Sports play a huge part in Louisiana’s cultural experience. With the legalization of sports betting, the excitement surrounding Louisiana sports has reached a fever pitch.

Right now, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board is in the process of setting the rules and regulations for the industry within the state, and the Louisiana State Police is vetting at least 13 casinos that applied for sports betting licenses. The goal is for sports betting to launch on a wide scale by the end of this year. 

Whether you are a rookie bettor or a seasoned veteran, there are many things to keep in mind once mobile sports betting is live in Louisiana.  Let’s take a deeper look at what to expect once the industry launches in Louisiana.

What Betting Apps Will Be Available?

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 in Louisiana, it is expected that many of the top sportsbooks in the country will soon become available in the Pelican State. Expected sportsbooks include:

BetMGM

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. 

DraftKings

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

In addition to already offering daily fantasy sports in Louisiana, FanDuel has an existing deal with Boyd Gaming, a company that owns three of the state’s riverboat casinos. FanDuel might be Boyd’s chosen gaming brand once the industry launches.

Caesars

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.

PointsBet

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 loses increases or decreases based on the margin of victory.  For example, if a team you bet on wins in a blowout, you win more money. If the team you bet on loses by a big margin, the amount you lose increases, too. 

Barstool

Barstool was acquired for $450 million in January 2020 by Penn National Gaming, which owns six casino properties throughout Louisiana.  This is a good sign that Barstool Sportsbook will launch an online platform as soon as it is able. It may also be among the first sportsbooks to open retail locations at those casinos.

Other sportsbooks that could make their way down to the bayou include WynnBet, BetRivers, and UniBet.

Also read: Tips For Saints Betting In Louisiana

Bonus Offers And Promotions

The sports betting industry is growing at a rapid rate across the country. Because of its expanding popularity, the competition among sports betting platforms is fierce. With the hope of standing out amongst the competition, sportsbooks often give bonus offers and promotions to their customers. Bonus offers can include deposit matches, risk-free bets, and odds boosts. Here are some promos that are available for Louisiana bettors:

Also read: Caesars Sportsbook Louisiana To Feature Two Pre-Launch Bonus Offers

Where You Can And Cannot Bet In Louisiana

Late last year, voters in the majority of Louisiana parishes voted to legalize sports betting in their areas. Bettors will have to be physically located within one of the approved parishes in order to bet on sports in Louisiana. The parishes that chose not to legalize sports betting are Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Jackson, La Salle, Sabine, Union, West Carroll, and Winn.

Geofencing technology will be used to restrict people from betting on sports when physically within a parish where it is not yet authorized. When mobile sports betting launches, bettors located in these parishes will have to drive to a parish that voted yes  on sports betting to place a wager. 

How To Get Started

Downloading sportsbook apps and creating accounts is a straightforward process that is easy and quick to do.  Follow these steps to get started:

  • Search and find the online sportsbook app you wish to download in the App Store and download it to your mobile device.  When downloading apps like FanDuel or DraftKings, be sure to select the sportsbook app and not the Daily Fantasy Sports app. 
  • Register with the sportsbook by 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 or have a Louisiana license in order to wager with Louisiana sportsbooks.
  • 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 promos that may be available.

All mobile sports betting apps that come to Louisiana will have a plethora of options to consider when placing a wager. Consider downloading multiple apps to take advantage of the promos that will be available and to see which kinds of bets and odds you like best.

About the Author

Connor Grootenhuis

Connor Grootenhuis is a freelance sportswriter covering all things sports betting.  Based in the Bayou State of Louisiana, he is a lifelong sports fan and a believer that every loss is a bad beat and every win is easy money.