Louisiana Sports Betting

LA Online Sportsbook Launch Updates for Bettors 2021

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Louisiana’s sports betting regulation bill was signed into law in June by Gov. John Bel Edwards, allowing as many as 41 mobile operators to enter the state with the first possibly launching during the 2021 football season. Louisiana officials in September reaffirmed they were working “as fast as possible” toward the state’s retail and online sports betting launch, but still could not give a firm deadline.

Louisiana Sports Betting Key Takeaways (Updated September 2021)

Is online sports betting legal in Louisiana?

Yes, but you can't place a legal wager just yet. Legal sports betting is expected to launch in the fall, perhaps as early as September 2021.

When can I place legal sports betting wagers in Louisiana? A date has not been announced as of September 2021, but regulators are working toward a launch sometime during football season.
What online sportsbooks are available in Louisiana? DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, Ceasars (formerly William Hill), Barstool and more are expected to launch sportsbooks in the state.

What sports will I be able to bet?

Louisiana bettors will bet on all the major league sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL), including college football and basketball, and more such as European basketball leagues, cricket and rugby.

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Louisiana Sports Betting Marches Toward Fall Launch

Louisiana regulators have opened sportsbook license applications, another key step toward a fall 2021 legal sports betting launch.

Louisiana Sports Betting Regulation Bill Signed Into Law: Sportsbooks Targeting Fall 2021 Launch

Louisiana’s sports betting regulation bill was signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards, allowing as many as 41 mobile operators to enter the state with the first possibly launching during the 2021 football season.

Louisiana Sports Betting Regulation Bill Passes Legislature; Wagering Could Start This Fall

Louisiana lawmakers easily passed an online and sports betting regulation bill that could bring the state’s first legal sportsbooks as early as this fall. The bill features full online wagering, no in-state college betting ban, and the potential for as many as 40 online sportsbooks.

Louisiana Sports Betting Takes First Legislative Step

Louisiana lawmakers advanced a sports betting tax bill without opposition Wednesday, April 21, the first step in the lengthy legislative process to bring legal online and potentially retail wagering to most Louisiana parishes.

Lengthy Louisiana Daily Fantasy Rollout Could Foreshadow Sports Betting Legalization

Louisiana daily fantasy players will be able to legally set lineups and enter contests in 2021, more than two years after voters in most parishes approved the games. The launch is welcome news for Louisiana’s long-stalled DFS launch, but could underscore the difficulties single-game sports wagering faces to do the same.

Louisiana Sports Betting Approved By 55 Parishes

Sports betting will be legal in Louisiana after 55 of 64 parishes approved wagering within their respective municipalities. 

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Louisiana Sports Betting Background

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed Louisiana’s sports betting regulation bill was signed into law in June 2021, allowing as many as 41 mobile operators to enter the state with the first possibly launching during the 2021 football season. The bill allows each of the state’s 20 combined casinos and pari-mutuel horse tracks to partner with two online operators apiece. State regulators must still promulgate follow-up rules and license each sportsbook, but officials are hopeful that legal wagering can begin this fall.

The two bills come after Louisiana voters in 55-of-64 parishes approved legal wagering in their respective jurisdictions on a 2020 ballot measure. Eligible bettors age 21 and up physically within these parishes can place a mobile bet with a licensed operator from their phone or mobile device without having to complete registration in person. Voters in every parish with a casino or horse track approved the 2020 referendum, allowing all these facilities to open retail sportsbooks on their properties. These parishes including the dozen most highly populated municipalities in the state of Louisiana.

Most major U.S. operators are expected to apply for one of the 41 total online licenses. Those licenses will include major sportsbooks such as DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, among others. Caesars, which is rebranding its Harrah’s New Orleans casino under its parent company name, is also expected to open its eponymous online sportsbook and retail companion at the land-based casino. The parent companies behind Barstool Sportsbook, Golden Nugget, TwinSpires and B Connected each operate Louisiana gaming facilities and are also expected to launch their respective sportsbooks.

Louisiana’s sports betting regulatory bill will permit betting on college sports, including the LSU Tigers football team. Industry analysts estimate that college sports betting may make up 15% of total handle, a percentage that could be even higher in college football-crazy Louisiana. 

Louisiana regulators opened sportsbook license applications in August 2021, another key step toward a fall 2021 legal sports betting launch. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board must license each Louisiana sportsbook operator before it can start accepting wagers. Regulators have not disclosed an official launch date, but officials are increasingly confident of a launch during the 2021 football season.

Louisiana will be just the third mobile wagering market in the South, after Tennessee and Virginia.

How Louisiana Compares: The LA Sports Betting Report Card

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Louisiana is the only state that allows betting at the county (or, in Louisiana’s case, parish), but sports betting will be legal in the vast majority of the state including Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport and all major population centers.

Deposit Options

There are no statutory restrictions, and customers can deposit from anywhere in the country. It's important to keep in mind wagering will not be allowed in blocked parishes.

Competitive Prices

Caesars has already invested hundreds of millions of dollars in its New Orleans casino upgrades and a new stadium sponsorship deal and should be joined by DraftKings, FanDuel, Barstool and many other top brands. This means bettors should expect solid prices.

Market Coverage

Expect all major sports to be available, including plenty of bets around the states most popular teams: the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers. Though in-state college betting is permitted, there are bans on individual player props for NCAA athletes.

Louisiana's Legalization Timeline

It's been a process getting sports betting to the goal line. We'll bet you care more about the sports of it all than the legal history, but here are some of the important events along the way:

September 2021

Louisiana officials on Sept. 16 reaffirmed they were working “as fast as possible” toward the state’s retail and online sports betting launch, but still could not give a firm deadline. [Timeline Remains Undetermined, Sept. 16]

August 2021

The Louisiana Gaming Control Board approved emergency rules for sports betting to go into effect August 23rd. When the permanent sports betting rules are approved by the board, they’ll replace the emergency ones. [Gaming Control Board, Aug. 19]

June 2021

John Bel Edwards signs SB 247, the state’s regulatory sports betting legislation, fulfilling the wishes of the 55 parishes that approved legal sports wagering. [SB247, June 21]

SB247 sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards for his signature. [SB247, June 11]

Senate approves SB247. [SB247, June 10]

November 2020

Louisiana voters in 55 of the 64 parishes approved sports betting. Legislators need to now pass state laws providing the guidelines and regulation of sports wagering.  [Parishes Approve, Nov. 3]

June 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards signs the bill. This allows there to be a ballot measure asking each parish if they would like to authorize sports betting. [Ballotpedia, June 12]

May 2020

House of Representatives Approves. The Louisiana House votes in favor of the sports betting bill. [Ballotpedia, May 27]

 Louisiana Senate Approves. The Senate votes in favor of the sports betting bill, Senate Bill 130. [Ballotpedia, May 13]

February 2020

 Sports Betting Bill Introduced. Senator Cameron Henry introduces sports betting bill, Senate Bill 130. [Senate Bill 130, Feb. 25]

Louisiana Sports Betting Tips

Sports Betting for Louisiana Beginners

New to sports betting? Check out our sports betting education hub so you can get started placing informed bets.

Sports Betting Glossary

Sports betting comes with its own language and terminology — spreads and money lines, over/unders and props, juice and vig, and so much more. It can be intimidating for newer betting sports fans, so be sure to consult our sports betting glossary for detailed definitions of all the main terms.

We recommend each of the online sportsbooks to help define these terms within their product to make everything easier for you to understand, too.

Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid

Betting on your favorite teams like the New Orleans Saints might seem like a no-brainer, but you need to be careful if you’re going to stay healthy all around in the sports betting world.

Here are some mistakes to avoid.

Louisiana Teams to Bet on

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NFL Betting in Louisiana

New Orleans Saints

Orleans Saints celebrate after a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Caesars Superdome.
Saints celebrate after touchdown at Caesars Superdome

Official New Orleans Saints Website | Schedule | Roster

The New Orleans Saints were for decades one of the NFL's premier laughingstock organizations, with only three playoff appearances in total between when they joined the NFL in 1967 and the turn of the century. Since then, things have changed. the Saints 10 playoff appearances since 2000, including seven division titles and that illustrious 2009 Super Bowl title.

Thanks mostly to the play of quarterback Drew Brees and the stewardship of coach Sean Payton, the Saints transformed from a laughingstock into one of the most consistently successful teams in the league. To prime yourself to bet on the Saints, you can check out our ongoing NFL insights and analysis to bet smartly.

Week 4 Odds: New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants

Here are the live-odds (via BetMGM) for this upcoming Week 4 battle. Check out more about this matchup here.

Team Spread Moneyline Total

New Orleans Saints

(-8.5) -110

-375

(Under 43.5) -110

New York Giants

(+8.5) -110

+300

(Over 43.5) -110

A recommended resource list to help you bet smartly on football in Louisiana:

NBA Betting in Louisiana

New Orleans Pelicans

Kira Lewis Jr. #13 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers
Kira Lewis Jr. shoots against Cavaliers at Rocket 
Mortgage FieldHouse

Official New Orleans Pelicans Website | Schedule | Roster 

The New Orleans Pelicans were established as the New Orleans Hornets in the 2003-03 season when then-owner of the Charlotte Hornets George Shinn relocated the team to the bayou. The team became the Pelicans officially for the 2013 season. Under either name, the team has struggled to find consistent success despite employing superstars such as Chris Paul and Anthony Davis.

The current team, led by young stars Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, is hoping to turn things around. For more on the Pelicans and the rest of the NBA, check out our insights and analysis to bet smartly once you can in the state.

Here are a few assets to help you bet responsibly on basketball in Louisiana:

Professional Rugby Betting Louisiana

New Orleans Gold

New Orleans Gold flanker Matt Hughston (7) wins the ball in the line out during the Major League Rugby match against Houston SaberCats
New Orleans Gold wins the ball in the line out during the 
Major League Rugby match against Houston SaberCats

Official New Orleans Gold Website | Roster | Schedule

The New Orleans Gold is a professional rugby union team based in New Orleans, Louisiana.  

College Sports Teams

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NCAA Division I Football & Basketball

LSU Tigers
Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
McNeese State Cowboys
Nicholis Colonels
Grambling State Tigers
Northwestern State Demons

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New Orleans Privateers

College Football Betting in Louisiana

LSU is the top collegiate program in the state, particularly after soaring to the top of the college football world with the 2019-20 national championship. They're not the only college program in the state, however.

LSU Tigers Football

Koy Moore #2 of the LSU Tigers rushes with the ball
Koy Moore #2 of the LSU Tigers rushes with the ball.

Official LSU Tigers Website | Schedule | Roster

The 2019-20 LSU Tigers were one of the greatest college football teams of all time, led by Heisman Trophy winner and eventual No. 1-overall pick Joe Burrow. It was the Tigers' fourth national title and third this century, as they also won in 1958, 2003, and 2007. LSU took a step back after losing a lot of talent in 2020 but remains consistent SEC contenders.

Tulane Green Wave Football

Quarterback Michael Pratt #7 of the Tulane Green Wave steps into the pocket to deliver a pass
Quarterback Michael Pratt #7 of the Tulane Green Wave steps into the pocket to deliver a pass 
during game against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Albertsons Stadium.

Official Tulane Green Wave Website | Schedule | Roster

The Green Wave have competed in the AAC since 2015 after an 18-year run in Conference USA. they have nine conference titles in program history but none in the one in which they currently reside. The Green Wave have been regular postseason participants this century, most recently playing in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in 2020, where they lost to Nevada.

Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Football

Ragin Cajuns quarterback Levi Lewis (1) runs through the line of scrimmage.
Ragin Cajuns quarterback Levi Lewis (1) runs through the line of scrimmage during the Servpro First
Responder Bowl game

Official Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Website | Schedule | Roster

The 2020 Sun Belt champs capped a 10-1 season with a victory over UTSA in the First Responder Bowl. The Ragin' Cajuns have grown accustomed to playing once winter rolls around, with eight bowl game appearances since 2011 and a 6-2 record in them. They've won three straight Sun Belt West titles.

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Football

The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks gather before game.

The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks gather before the game against the Georgia State Panthers.

Official Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Website | Schedule | Roster

The Warhawks have played football since 1931 and won the 1987 Division I-AA national championship. The program transitioned to FBS in 2012 and made a bowl game that year, playing in the Independence Bowl where they lost to Ohio.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Football

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs running back Israel Tucker (22) runs through the line of scrimmage
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs running back Israel Tucker (22) runs through the line of scrimmage during the game between
the North Texas Mean Green.

Official Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Website | Schedule | Roster

The Bulldogs joined Conference USA in 2013 after an 11-year run in the AC, and while they've yet to win a conference title, they've won three division championships, losing out on the conference title to Marshall, Western Kentucky, and UAB. The Bulldogs under Skip Holtz have become regular postseason participants, making a bowl game every year since 2014 and going 6-1 in that span, including wins over Power 5 schools Illinois and Miami.

McNeese State Cowboys Football

Quarterback Matt Keller #10 of the McNeese State Cowboys looks for a receiver against the Oklahoma State Cowboys
Quarterback Matt Keller #10 of the McNeese State Cowboys looks for a receiver against the
Oklahoma State Cowboys

Official McNeese State Cowboys Website | Schedule | Roster

The Cowboys play football in Division I FCS, where they have won 14 Southland Conference championships, most recently in 2015. They've made two national championship games, losing to Western Kentucky in 2002 and Youngstown State in 1997.

Nicholls Colonels Football

Nicholls State Colonels running back Kyran Irvin (30) runs the ball during college football game

Nicholls State Colonels running back Kyran Irvin runs the ball during the college football game against the Texas A&M Aggies 

Official Nicholls Colonels Website | Schedule | Roster

Members of the Football Championship Subdivision, the Colonels have claimed Southland Conference championships in both 2018 and 2019, and in both years advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs.

Northwestern State Demons Football

Northwestern State Demons celebrates a touchdown

Northwestern State Demons celebrates a touchdown against LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium.

Official Northwestern State Demons Website | Schedule | Roster

The Demons were once regular contenders in the Southland Conference, but haven't captured a league crown since 2004. The Demons have six playoff appearances, making it as far as the semifinals in 1998.

Southeastern Louisiana Lions Football

Southeastern Louisiana Lions offensive lineman Shaq McClain (53) lines up for a play

Southeastern Louisiana Lions offensive lineman Shaq McClain lines up for a play.

Official Southeastern Louisiana Lions Website | Schedule | Roster

The Lions boast eight conference titles while playing in the Division I FCS Southland Conference. Their most recent titles came when they went back-to-back in 2013 and 2014. In 2019 they made the playoffs as an at-large and scored a first-round win over Villanova.

Southern Jaguars Football

Southern Jaguars prepare to take the field

Southern Jaguars prepare to take the field prior to the 45th annual State Farm Bayou Classic game against the Grambling State Tigers.

Official Southern Jaguars Website | Schedule | Roster

Every year, Southern plays its last regular-season game against Gambling in the Bayou Classic in New Orleans. In conference play, the Jaguars most recently won the SWAC in 2013 and have 19 in program history.

We've got a few recommended resources to help you bet with insight on college football in Louisiana:

LSU Tigers Men's Basketball

Josh LeBlanc Sr. #11 of the LSU Tigers dunks the ball

Josh LeBlanc Sr. of the LSU Tigers dunks against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies.

Official LSU Tigers Website | Schedule | Roster

The LSU men's basketball team boats a rich tradition that includes such all-time greats as Pete Maravich and Shaquille O'Neal. The Tigers have four all-time Final Four appearances, with the most recent coming in 2006. The current Tigers have had a decent stretch of success under coach Will Wade, winning the SEC in 2019.

Tulane Green Wave Men's Basketball

Tulane Green Wave guard Colin Slater (14) gets the rebound
Tulane Green Wave vs Houston Cougars at H&PE Arena

Official Tulane Green Wave Website | Schedule | Roster 

The Green Wave have yet to gather any momentum since joining the AAC, with an NCAA Tournament drought that dates back to 1995. That year, they were a 9-seed and upset BYU in the first round.

Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Men's Basketball

Blane Harmon #22, Guard for the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns dribbles the ball

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns vs University of Tennessee

Official Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Website | Schedule | Roster

The Ragin' Cajuns' men's basketball team has won the Sun Belt three times, most recently in 2018, and appeared in 10 NCAA Tournaments, with the most recent appearance coming in 2014. Their last tournament victory came in 1992 when they upset No. 4-seed Oklahoma in the first round.

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Men's Basketball

The Warhawks have competed in the Sun Belt Conference since 2006 and have yet to register a winning record or NCAA Tournament since becoming members. Their last tournament appearance came in 1996.

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks | Schedule | Roster

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Men's Basketball

Despite winning Conference USA regular-season titles in both 2014 and 2015, the Bulldogs are currently in the midst of an NCAA Tournament drought that dates back to 1991. They last won an NCAA Tournament game in 1989 when, as a 9-seed, they beat La Salle.

Official Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Website | Schedule | Roster

McNeese State Cowboys Men's Basketball

Official McNeese State Cowboys Website | Schedule | Roster

Since joining Division I, the Cowboys have claimed a pair of Southland Conference championships, in 1989 and 2002, and those double as their only NCAA Tournament appearances. They are 0-2 in those appearances.

New Orleans Privateers Men's Basketball

New Orleans Privateers number 23 shooting the ball
New Orleans Privateers forward LaDarius Marshall takes a jump shot.

Official New Orleans Privateers Website | Schedule | Roster

Under current coach Mark Slessinger, the Privateers in 2017 snapped a 21-year NCAA Tournament drought, making the First Four where they lost to Mount St. Mary's. A proving ground for established coaches such as Tim Floyd and Buzz Williams, New Orleans has won eight conference titles between stops in the American South, Sun Belt, and Southland conferences.

Nicholls Colonels Men's Basketball

Official Nicholls Colonels Website | Schedule | Roster

The Colonels compete in the Southland Conference and are in the midst of an NCAA Tournament drought that dates back to 1998, which was also the year of their last conference championship. The Colonels are 0-2 in tournament history.

Northwestern State Demons Men's Basketball

Houston Cougars guard Corey Davis Jr. (5) tries to block a shot by Northwestern State Demons forward Brandon Hutton (34)
Houston Cougars Corey Davis Jr. tries to block a shot by Northwestern State Demons forward Brandon Hutton

Official Northwestern State Demons Website | Schedule | Roster

The Demons entered the national scene for the first time in 2001 when they were the first team to win one of the NCAA Tournament's "Opening Round" games (later the First Four). Five years later as a 14-seed, the Demons shocked Big Ten champion and No. 3-seed Iowa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Southeastern Louisiana Lions Men's Basketball

Official Southeastern Louisiana Lions Website | Schedule | Roster

The Lions' one and only Southland championship and one and only NCAA Tournament appearance came in 2005. They made the NIT in 2018 and lost to Saint Mary's in the first round.

Southern Jaguars Men's Basketball

Southern University Jaguars shoots against the Holy Cross Crusaders.
2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena

Official Southern Jaguars Website | Schedule | Roster

The Jaguars have made 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, with their one win coming in a 1993 upset of Georgia Tech. The Jaguars most recently win the SWAC title in 2014 and last made the NCAA Tournament in 2016 when they lost to Holy Cross in the First Four.

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Other Events

Bayou Classic

The Bayou Classic is an annual showdown between the GSU Tigers and the Southern University Jaguars that will be held at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, LA.

Zurich Golf Classic

The Zurich Golf Classic is a stop on the PGA Championship Golf Circuit held in New Orleans.

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More Reading on Louisiana

To supplement Action, you can find additional sports news coverage at the Advocate, the Times-Picayune and the Daily Advertiser.

Louisiana Locations

Amelia Belle Casino

Belle of Baton Rouge

Boomtown Casino & Hotel New Orleans

Boomtown Casino & Hotel New Orleans is a hotel and casino located on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish in Harvey, Louisiana. It is operated by Penn National Gaming.

Boomtown Casino & Hotel Bossier City

Coushatta Casino Resort

Cypress Bayou Casino

Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino

Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport

Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino

Fair Grounds Racecourse & Slots

Golden Nugget Lake Charles

Harrah's Casino New Orleans

Harrah's Casino New Orleans is a popular spot near the foot of Canal Street, one block away from the Mississippi River.

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs

Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge

Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel & Casino

Isle of Capri Casino Lake Charles

Jena Choctaw Pines Casino

L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge

L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles

Margaritaville Resort Casino

Paragon Casino Resort

Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino Shreveport

Treasure Chest Casino

The Treasure Chest Casino is a lakeside casino location with riverboat styling.

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Steve Petrella is a senior editor for The Action Network covering college football, among other things. He’s a Penn State grad now based in Atlanta who enjoys great punting, clock-killing drives and turnovers in the red zone.
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