Louisiana sports betting regulation made headway in 2019 and may get approved in November 2020 votes within the state’s parishes.
Earlier versions of the proposal were passed by the Louisiana senate in 2019. They envisioned sports betting being permitted on a riverboat or existing casino, if those operations applied successfully.
Taxation rates, rules and the function of mobile betting were all to be worked through, but it seems like Louisiana is well on its way to offering sports wagering by 2021.
Is sports betting legal in Louisiana?
Not yet, but it may become reality in 2020. Voters in Louisiana parishes will have the chance to approve the measure. Given the state’s long and storied history with gambling, its hard to imagine they would turn down expansion in sports betting which has already been happening there for decades.
Where can I bet at Louisiana sportsbooks?
Current casinos (state and Native), riverboats and race tracks would be eligible to be considered for sports betting, if earlier language carries through to the Nov. 2020 vote. There are almost 30 of them in Louisiana and include:
|Belle of Baton Rouge||Baton Rouge||Riverboat|
|Boomtown Bossier City||Bossier City||Riverboat|
|Boomtown New Orleans||Harvey||Riverboat|
|Coushatta Casino Resort||Kinder||Native American|
|Cypress Bayou Casino||Charenton||Native American|
|Diamond Jacks Casino Bossier City||Bossier City||Riverboat|
|Fair Grounds Race Course||New Orleans||Racino|
|Flamingo Casino New Orleans||New Orleans||Riverboat|
|Golden Nugget Lake Charles||Lake Charles||Riverboat|
|Harrah’s Lake Charles||Lake Charles||Riverboat|
|Harrah’s Louisiana Downs||Bossier City||Racino|
|Harrah’s New Orleans||New Orleans||Land-based|
|Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge||Baton Rouge||Riverboat|
|Horseshoe Bossier City||Bossier City||Riverboat|
|Isle of Capri Casino Lake Charles||Westlake||Riverboat|
|Jena Choctaw Pines Casino||Dry Prong||Native American|
|L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles||Lake Charles||Riverboat|
|L’Auberge Casino Baton Rouge||Baton Rouge||Riverboat|
|Margaritaville Resort Casino||Bossier City||Riverboat|
|Paragon Casino Resort||Marksville||Native American|
|River City Casino||New Orleans||Riverboat|
|Sam’s Town Shreveport||Shreveport||Riverboat|
|Treasure Chest Casino||Kenner||Riverboat|
What about mobile sports betting apps in Louisiana?
Mobile sports betting for Louisiana had been discussed in earlier bills but “shall be placed only in the gaming area of the riverboat, eligible facility, or official gaming establishment as determined by the board.”