Legal Louisiana sports betting is up and running with six apps going live on Jan. 28, just in time for NFL championship weekend and the Super Bowl. DraftKings, FanDuel, and Caesars are among the apps taking bets online in the state. New users can take advantage of welcome bonuses and odds boosts, too.
Former New Orleans Saint Joe Horn placed the first in-person wager in state history on Oct. 6, 2021, at the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville. Since then, nearly a dozen retail sportsbooks have opened their doors across the Pelican State. Now, as of Jan. 28, sports betting is in the vast majority of the state, thanks to the launch of six online sportsbooks.
There is no doubt that the Sportsman’s Paradise is well on its way to becoming a Sportsbettingman’s Paradise, too. Here are all the details about what’s happening in Louisiana sports betting.
Best Louisiana sports betting apps 2022
Is sports betting legal in Louisiana?
Yes, sports betting is legal in Louisiana. BetFred Sportsbook was the first to open a retail book when it debuted on Oct. 6, 2021, at Paragon Casino. Three months later, online sports betting launched in the Pelican State, with six sportsbooks hitting the ground running on Jan. 28, 2022.
Six top online sportsbooks are available in 55 parishes. BetMGM, Caesars, FanDuel, DraftKings, BetRivers, and Barstool Sports are all accepting play from the Pelican State. However, these six are the tip of the iceberg for Louisiana. Each of the 20 licenses allotted by law has two online skins available. So, there could be as many as 40 online sportsbooks in the state at some point, but the likelihood of that many brands active at once is hard to estimate.
Louisiana sports betting apps
Louisiana is a highly anticipated market for sports betting. The state has a rich sports history and is home to a popular tourist destination in New Orleans. Many of the top names in the industry are available in the state. Here’s a list of the top sports betting apps in Louisiana.
DraftKings Sportsbook Louisiana is one of the biggest success stories of the new era of sports betting in the US. It launched in Louisiana as one of the six inaugural online sportsbooks to come to the Pelican State. DraftKings has risen to the top of the sports betting world, in part, due to its innovative app features. One of those features, the Cash Out option, has become a near-standard part of every sportsbook app in America. The other, the betting carousel, allows for the app to customize every customer’s experience with suggested wagers for them to peruse.
Caesars Sportsbook needs very little introduction, as it is part of the massive Caesars empire. That empire also contains several Louisiana casino properties, including Harrah’s New Orleans. The Caesars Louisiana app itself is professionally-rendered and clear enough in its presentation. Thus, its launch in Louisiana as the first group of sportsbooks is no surprise. The key distinctive feature of the app is a bit harder to spot but is there nonetheless. Caesars is now a mixture of two great sportsbooks – Caesars and William Hill. Between the two, there are few sports that you cannot find options to bet on the app.
BetMGM is the sportsbook wing of the MGM Resorts empire. The sportsbook launched as part of the first wave of online sportsbooks in Louisiana. Like many major sportsbooks, BetMGM offers a slick, sleek, and deep site for Louisianans to use. However, the element that stands out the most about the BetMGM Louisiana app is its Edit My Bet function. Edit My Bet takes the Cash Out option, which allows the settlement of wagers before the end of the game, and expands it to allow players to change out their choices, augment their bets, or add more legs to the wager itself.
BetRivers represents the online gambling offerings of Rush Street Interactive. RSI is not a name well-known in the southern portion of the United States, but the company operates sportsbooks and online casinos in many states across the country and has retail casinos in Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania. BetRivers Sportsbook itself is notable for its loyalty program, which is tailored for sports bettors themselves. The iRush Rewards program allows players to receive free bets, perks, and other benefits as an award for their loyal play onsite. BetRivers Louisiana also contains a social element and displays big wins across a prominent feed on the lobby homepage.
PointsBet Sportsbook is the biggest success story for an overseas sportsbook launching during the spread of sports betting in the United States. The Australian operator has made a big splash in Louisiana thanks to its signature product, points betting, which allows players to win (or lose) tremendous amounts of money via the humble spread or totals wagers. The PointsBet app is also quite speedy, which is key for any Louisiana sports bettors who like to make use of in-game wagering options. Finally, PointsBet convenes a Karma Kommittee to credit bettors on games with unexpected endings – in the name of fairness.
FanDuel Sportsbook is the other major success story of the spread of sports betting across the United States. FanDuel, which began life as a pure DFS provider, expanded into sports betting and other types of gambling a few years ago and hasn’t looked back. The first thing to notice is how easy it is to navigate around the FanDuel Sportsbook Louisiana app. Few apps offer a smoother and more user-friendly experience than FD. FanDuel was also the first online sportsbook to offer Same Game Parlays, which allow you to place multiple parlay legs from the same sporting event — an impossibility before FanDuel rolled out the feature in 2019.
Other sportsbook apps active or anticipated in Louisiana
- Barstool Sports (live): Barstool’s media presence continues to increase, and the company has entered the sports betting scene via a deal with Penn National Gaming. Since Penn operates several casinos in Louisiana, the state makes for a natural fit. It launched as part of the group of six online sportsbooks to launch in the Pelican State on Jan. 28.
- Golden Nugget Sportsbook: Golden Nugget Lake Charles is a popular waterfront destination and the introduction of a retail sportsbook would only enhance the experience. Any retail expansion would likely have an online expansion to the Golden Nugget Louisiana app trailing along beside it.
- TwinSpires Sportsbook: Formerly known as BetAmerica, this Churchill Downs-owned brand also already has a built-in pathway toward Louisiana sports betting. Churchill is the owner of Fair Grounds, a popular racino in New Orleans.
How to start betting online in Louisiana
In many of the legal states to date, it’s possible to register remotely at an online sportsbook. There have been a few outliers like Illinois that require an in-person visit to a casino to register, and Iowa had a similar rule in place on a temporary basis. In Louisiana, sports bettors can register online or in-person, as per an amendment to one of the bills. Remote registration is the more convenient option.
When signing up to play online remotely, the process is quick and painless. You simply have to follow the prompts and provide the necessary information:
- Email address
- Date of birth
- Last four digits of your Social Security number
After you’ve entered all of the information and checked off the relevant boxes, the sportsbook will create your new account instantly. If you encounter any hang-ups due to trouble confirming your age or identity, you’ll receive a prompt to resolve them.
In order to play in a legal state, there aren’t any residency requirements, but you do need to be within state lines when placing bets. To confirm that you are, sportsbooks use geolocation tracking software to verify. If you aren’t there, then bets won’t go through.
How licensing works in Louisiana
The Louisiana Gaming Control Board will be in charge of sports betting in the state. While some of the finer points may remain in flux, the main legal framework is in place:
- There will be 20 sports betting licenses available for existing retail gambling facilities.
- Each licensee will be allowed to have two online skins.
- The state will tax retail sports betting at a rate of 10%.
- The tax rate for online sports betting will be 15%.
- Initial license applications will cost $250,000.
- A five-year license will cost $500,000.
- For platform providers, it’s $100,000 for the application fee and $250,000 for a five-year license.
- Service providers have to pay $10,000 for the application and $12,500 for a five-year license.
- Distributors will need to pay a $5,000 application fee and $2,500 for a five-year license.
According to state Rep. John Stefanski, a sponsor of HB 697, Louisiana could generate as much as $20 million annually from sports betting revenue. A proposed Sports Wagering Enforcement Fund would take in the fees, with the final allocation sorted out per the passage of SB 142.
Who can bet on sports in Louisiana?
Only those who are 21 and older can bet on sports in Louisiana. In Louisiana, the legal age to play casino games, poker, and the lottery is 21, but bingo and horse or dog racing allow bettors to be 18 and older. Beyond the age requirement, Louisiana has these requirements for legal bettors:
- Those who are on self-exclusion lists for problem gambling will not be able to bet on sports.
- Affiliated personnel — coaches, players, officials, executives, etc. — cannot place wagers involving their own sports.
Sports betting partnerships in Louisiana
As sports betting has become a bigger industry in recent years, sports leagues and teams have been partnering with sportsbooks in marketing deals so that everyone profits from the trend. Both Louisiana sports teams and the leagues to which they belong have taken part in the dealmaking, so here are some of the partnerships of which you’ll see evidence in Louisiana casinos, Louisiana sports stadiums, and advertisements around the state.
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans is the NBA team that calls Louisiana home. It plays its home games at the Smoothie King Center, an arena adjacent to the Superdome in New Orleans. Sports betting companies which have partnered with the Pelicans include:
- BetRivers Sportsbook
- Louisiana Lottery (the lottery will have some sports betting options)
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are the NFL team in residence in the Pelican State. Its home field is at the Superdome. Sports betting companies which have partnered with the Saints include:
- Harrah’s New Orleans/Caesars
- Louisiana Lottery
In addition, the Superdome sold its naming rights to Caesars, and it has been renamed the Caesars Superdome as of July 2021.
Although the NCAA was one of the most ardent critics of sports betting while the federal ban was in place, various schools have entered into partnerships with sports betting companies. Louisiana’s LSU Tigers are in that group, and have the following partnership:
- Caesars Sportsbook
Futures and prop betting in Louisiana
Options abound at legal sportsbooks. From the various games and events to the many ways to wager, there are plenty of choices to make. On the betting front, moneylines, point spreads, and totals are the main options, but you’ll find other choices, as well.
At the top of the list of other wagers are futures and props. Futures bets allow you to wager on season-long outcomes and major championships and events. Odds will become available in the offseason, with options increasing as the starting date approaches. Top options for futures include the following:
- Super Bowl
- NBA Finals
- World Series
- Stanley Cup
- College Football Playoffs
- March Madness
- Golfing majors
- Tennis Grand Slams
- Daytona 500
You’ll also find futures for team regular-season win totals in all of the major sports, as well as the winners of individual awards like the NFL MVP or college football’s Heisman Trophy.
As for props, you can think of them as side bets on things that may or may not happen during a game. You can see what’s available by clicking on individual contest listings at an online sportsbook. The more popular the sport, the more props you’ll see. Many of the top options will be wagers on individual players:
- How many combined yards for Alvin Kamara — over/under 119.5?
- Will Zion Williamson record a double-double — yes/no?
- Who will record more strikeouts — Lance McCullers or Kyle Gibson?
You’ll also see props with odds for more than two options, such as touchdown scorers for an NFL game or the player to score the first basket in an NBA game.
Live betting in LA
Based on what we’ve seen in other states, you won’t be lacking for options once online sports betting goes live in Louisiana. You’ll even be able to keep wagering once the games begin. That’s thanks to live betting, an increasingly popular option for sports betting.
Also known as in-game betting, these are wagers that you can place in real time as the action is playing out. It’s a very fast-moving market that’s available at all the top sportsbooks. You’ll find a dedicated section for current and upcoming live betting options. Odds and offerings may vary based on what’s happening, but here are some examples of what you’ll see:
- Which side will hold the halftime lead — New Orleans Saints or Houston Texans?
- How many total points for the New Orleans Pelicans in the second half — over/under 54.5?
- What will be the result of this Jose Altuve at-bat — hit/walk/out?
Additionally, you’ll see updated game lines for the main bets, providing you the chance to adjust your initial game strategy if you wish. While live betting can be a fun and exciting way to wager, be sure to stick to a plan and not get too swept up in the action.
Louisiana sports teams to bet on
In terms of both overall interest and betting volume, it’s the NFL and NBA that top the charts across the US. Louisiana has both bases covered, and its teams have passionate followings across the state.
- NFL: New Orleans Saints
- NBA: New Orleans Pelicans
For those looking for even more options, neighboring Texas has a variety of teams in all of the major North American pro sports:
- NFL: Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans
- NBA: Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs
- MLB: Houston Astros, Texas Rangers
- NHL: Dallas Stars
- MLS: Austin FC, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo FC
With LSU leading the way, college sports are also popular in Louisiana. We’ll have to wait and see, however, if the state adopts any restrictions for betting on college sports. While you can bet on college football and basketball in all legal states to date, some don’t allow wagering on in-state teams or events. For instance, NJ sports betting apps exclude bets on in-state teams and games played in the state.
Beyond the major team sports, there are plenty of other options, including golf, tennis, NASCAR and the UFC. If you want to go even deeper with smaller sports, you’ll find things like rugby and table tennis. In short, you won’t be lacking for options when sports betting goes live in Louisiana.
What’s legal and illegal to bet on in Louisiana
Most types of sports bets and teams are available for wagering in Louisiana. There was some speculation during the rulemaking phase that lawmakers and regulators would limit various types of betting, especially with regard to in-state collegiate sports. However, no such restrictions came out of the process, so here are the legal requirements for betting in Louisiana:
- You must be 21 or older to play.
- You must be inside the state lines of Louisiana.
- You cannot place a wager inside 9 of the 64 parishes — they are listed below.
- Wagering on professional, collegiate, and amateur sporting events is permitted.
- Bets on high school sports are not allowed.
- Most prop bets are permitted.
- Players, coaches, referees, and other principals in sporting events may not wager on their particular sports.
Where to bet on sports in Louisiana
Louisiana’s move to allow both online and retail sports betting included an interesting wrinkle: All 64 of its parishes had to approve the activity to take place inside their borders individually. 55 of them said yes; 9 said no. Thus, even though online and retail sports betting is active in Louisiana, you cannot place a wager in these parishes — even online:
- La Salle
- West Carroll
Fortunately, most of the nine are clustered in the northeastern portion of the state, and none of them contain any of Louisiana’s casino locations where a sportsbook might take residence. In theory, any of the casinos or racinos in the Pelican State could open retail locations. So far, here are the locations in Louisiana that have opened retail sportsbooks:
- Amelia Belle Casino (FanDuel)
- Boomtown Bossier City Casino (Barstool)
- Boomtown Casino & Hotel New Orleans (Barstool)
- Coushatta Casino Resort (The Rez)
- Delta Downs Racetrack (FanDuel)
- Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino (DraftKings)
- Golden Nugget Lake Charles Hotel & Casino (DraftKings)
- Harrah’s Casino New Orleans (Caesars)
- L’auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge (Barstool)
- L’auberge Casino & Hotel Lake Charles (Barstool)
- Margaritaville Resort Casino Bossier City (Barstool)
- Paragon Casino Resort Marksville (Betfred)
- Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel & Casino (Caesars)
- Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino (FanDuel)
- Treasure Chest Casino (FanDuel)
In addition, retail sportsbooks could very well appear at any of the following locations:
- Bally’s Casino Shreveport
- Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel
- Coushatta Casino Resort
- Cypress Bayou
- Delta Downs Racetrack
- Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino
- Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
- Harrah’s Louisiana Downs
- Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge
- Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Lake Charles
- Jena Choctaw Pines
- Treasure Chest Casino
Finally, the Louisiana Lottery received a license through the law and will be offering sports betting through kiosks at truck stops, restaurants, and bars around the state. There will be too many of these locations to list, but between them and the online sportsbooks, there will be ways to bet on sports in almost every area of Louisiana.
As more retail sportsbooks launch, we will update the list above. Stay tuned.
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