Louisiana Sports Betting

Recent news and details about sports betting in Louisiana

Louisiana has suffered a recent setback in its quest for legal sports betting. A bill that would have put the question to voters failed to pass before the end of the legislative session.

As a result, there is no firm date about when to expect sports betting. Even worse, the failure of the bill has muddied the water for fantasy sports instate, too.

What was in the LA sports betting bill?

The bill, HB-459, was mainly a measure to allocate revenue for fantasy sports. The language in the bill helped to strengthen the regulatory framework for DFS, which saw its own legalization pass in 2018.

Sports betting was an attached amendment to HB-459. It would have allowed voters in each parish to decide if each individual parish would be home to sports betting.

What still needs to happen?

Louisiana is heading back to the drawing board. Presumably, pro-sports betting advocates like State Sen. Danny Martiny will begin gathering support again.

Projected sports betting launch date

We’re targeting January 2021, at the earliest. There is no guarantee about a timeline for Louisiana to join the group of sports betting states, at this point. Unlike the situation in a state like Michigan, Louisiana’s lawmakers are not mostly unified behind the concept of legalizing sports betting.

Louisiana Sports Betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in Louisiana?

No. A recent bill to legalize sports betting in Louisiana failed to pass before the end of the legislative session. It will be at least 2020 before sports betting shows up there.

Can I bet online on my phone in Louisiana?

Generally speaking, no. Louisiana is one of a few states that actually criminalizes online gambling, so please avoid doing so unless a state law explicitly authorizes it.

When will sports betting be legal in Louisiana?

January 2021 at the earliest. The failure of this the sports betting bill in 2019 has set the timeline back at least a year.

Is any gambling legal in Louisiana?

Yes. There are 24 casinos and 25 video poker locations throughout the state.

What is the legal gambling age in Louisiana?

For most things, 21. Lottery and horseracing are available to 18-year-olds, but play at the casinos or video poker facilities requires patrons to be 21.

Is Bovada legal in Louisiana?

No. Like MyBookie, Bovada exists mostly in a grey area in the US, where laws don’t specifically prohibit its operation. However, Louisiana is one of the few places that Bovada would actually be illegal, and there’s no grey area to it.

Can I play in New Jersey online casinos or sportsbooks from Louisiana?

No. Louisiana, New Jersey, and federal laws all prohibit interstate play. Even if the laws are of little concern, each New Jersey operator has geolocation software installed that creates a virtual fence around New Jersey’s state lines to prevent interstate play.

Where is the closest state to Louisiana that has legal sports betting?

For right now, Mississippi. The state directly east of Louisiana has 23 different locations that offer retail sports betting.

However, to the north, Arkansas has fully legalized sports betting and is merely refining its regulatory schemes. Legal sports betting should launch there in a few months, giving even more options to Louisiana residents and visitors.

Louisiana Sports Betting News

More Than Half Of States Now Have Sports Betting As Maryland, Louisiana, South Dakota Legalize It

November 4, 2020

Maryland, Louisiana and South Dakota are all on their way to having legal sportsbooks after ballot measures passed Tuesday.

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Louisiana Sports Betting Ballot Question: What You Should Know Before You Vote

October 27, 2020

Three states, including Louisiana, will decide whether or not to allow sports betting this election. None of the votes in Louisiana, Maryland or South Dakota will lead to sports betting launching in the near future, however. The votes in all three states are simple yes/no votes that will require further action from each legislature if […]

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Sportsbooks, Casino Operators Fund Louisiana Sports Betting Campaign

September 22, 2020

A second campaign pushing sports betting as a way to fund education and more launched recently, this time in Louisiana. Louisiana Wins hopes to drum up support for the November referendum that would legalize LA sports betting. The legislature would need to work out the details with a sports betting bill next year. Along with […]

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