Louisiana Sports Betting
LA Online Sports Betting Legalization Updates 2022
Last updated: January 24, 2022
Louisiana’s sports betting regulation bill was signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards in June 2021, allowing as many as 41 mobile operators to enter the state with hopes of launching before Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13. Louisiana officials in September 2021 reaffirmed they were working “as fast as possible” toward the state’s retail and online sports betting launch. Though an exact launch date has not been provided, mobile betting is expected to go live sometime this January or February.
Louisiana Sports Betting Key Takeaways
|⚖️ Is sports betting in Louisiana legal?||
Yes, but you can't place a legal wager just yet. Legal sports betting is expected to launch at some point in January or February.
|💸 What are the requirements to bet online in Louisiana?||
You must be 21 years of age and physically in Louisiana (verifiable by your mobile device's geolocation tech, or a downloadable desktop plugin) to place bets once the state goes live.
|📒 What sportsbooks will be available when mobile betting goes live in Louisiana?||DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, Caesars and Betfred.|
🏈 What sports will Louisiana sports bettors be able to wager on?
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.
Louisiana Sportsbook Offers
LA's Approved Sportsbooks and Sports Betting Background
Where to Play: LA's Approved Online Sportsbooks
- 9/10: Betfred Review
- 9.8/10: BetMGM Review
- 9.4/10: Caesars Review
- 9.8/10: DraftKings Review
- 9.5/10: FanDuel Review
Louisiana Sports Betting Law Details to Know as a Bettor
Louisiana has laid the groundwork to be a major, bettor-friendly sports betting state. Fortunately, wagering on college sports is allowed. There are still some "can do" and "can't do" betting actions, however.
What can I bet on?
Legal Bet Types in Louisiana — Sports fans can bet a full range of bet types, including:
- Point Spreads. Spread betting is a bet on the margin of victory in a game, or the point "differential." (See: Our Guide to Point Spread Betting)
- Moneylines. Moneyline betting is when you pick the winner of the game or event, either one team or another. (More detail here: Moneylines)
- First Half & Second Half. Halves let a bettor treat the first half and the second half as separate matches. (Additional insights: Half Bets)
- Totals. A total, also known as an over/under, is a bet on the number of points both teams will combine to score in a game. (See: Understanding Totals in Sports Betting)
- Futures. Future bets are a bet on an event that will be decided in the future (e.g., end-of-season results). (More: Longer-term Betting: Futures)
- Player Props. A "prop" bet, short for a proposition, is a wager that is not directly tied to the final score or outcome. (See: Everything to Know About Prop Bets)
Available Sports — You can take advantage of the different bet types to wager on these sports legally:
- Football: NFL & CFL
- Basketball: NBA, WNBA, European/international baseball league
- Baseball: MLB
- Hockey: NHL, international hockey leagues
- Soccer: MLS, English Premier League, UEFA Champions League
- College sports: NCAA football and basketball, more NCAA sport types will come online
- Golf: PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions, PGA European
- Auto Racing: IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula One
Additional market choices like boxing, tennis, rugby and more will also be offered at Louisiana's sportsbooks.
How Louisiana Compares: The LA Sports Betting Report Card
Louisiana Sports Betting Grading Card
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.
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.
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.
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:
BetMGM open registrations on Dec. 8. Louisiana sports bettors can now download the BetMGM Sportsbook app and create an account, but betting is not allowed just yet.
Betfred Sportsbook opens registrations on Nov. 3. Louisiana sports bettors can now download the Betfred Sportsbook app and create an account, but betting is not allowed just yet.
DraftKings and FanDuel sportsbooks open registrations on Oct. 28. The two sports betting giants allow users to download their respective apps and create accounts. Betting is not allowed on the apps yet as a launch date has not yet been announced.
Caesars Sportsbook opens registrations on Oct. 22. Louisiana sports bettors can now download the Caesars Sportsbook app and create an account, but betting is not allowed just yet.
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]
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]
John Bel Edwards signs SB 247, the state’s regulatory sports betting legislation, fulfilling the wishes of the 56 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]
Louisiana voters in 56 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]
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]
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]
Sports Betting Bill Introduced. Senator Cameron Henry introduces sports betting bill, Senate Bill 130. [Senate Bill 130, Feb. 25]
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 end of the NFL season. The bill allows each of the state’s 20 combined casinos and pari-mutuel horse tracks to partner with two online operators apiece.
The two bills came after Louisiana voters in 56-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.
Louisiana is the first state to approve mobile sports betting on a county-by-county (or parish-by-parish) basis. 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. Bettors can wager from any approved parish, which includes those around Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport and most other population centers.
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, will 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.
DFS is online in Louisiana, too
Despite being available in most U.S. states, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) has been illegal in Louisiana. This changed earlier this year — DFS is now allowed.
Major DFS forces like DraftKings or FanDuel, which also have sportsbooks, are only gaining access to the market now. Often, they hold an "early movers" advantage in markets as sports betting goes live because of their DFS foothold. The competition will escalate as the market is flooded with options at once. We expect this to translate to strong offers to the sports bettor's benefit.
Louisiana Sports Betting Tips
Sports Betting for Louisiana Beginners
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 Online Sports Betting on Track to Open in January 2022
Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns has said that he is hopeful online sportsbooks will launch in Louisiana in January. This will allow bettors in the state to place wagers in time for the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13.
Louisiana Sports Betting Begins With Retail Sportsbook Opening
Louisiana’s first legal retail sportsbook took its inaugural bet as official and sports bettors in the state eagerly await the launch of online sports wagering.
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 Teams to Bet on
NFL Betting in Louisiana
New Orleans Saints
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.
A recommended resource list to help you bet smartly on football in Louisiana:
- How to Bet on Football Guide
- Check our Expert NFL Picks
- Bettors can keep an eye on betting activity and distribution with our NFL Public Betting data.
NBA Betting in Louisiana
New Orleans Pelicans
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:
- How to Bet on Basketball Guide
- Bet alongside the Pros with our Expert NBA Picks
- Follow or fade the public using our NBA Public Betting data
- If you're a confident Pelicans fan, check out NBA Futures if you believe "this is the year!"
Professional Rugby Betting Louisiana
New Orleans Gold
The New Orleans Gold is a professional rugby union team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. They were founded in 2017 and are currently coached by former Gold player Kane Thompson.
College Sports Teams in New Orleans
College Football Betting in Louisiana
LSU Tigers Football
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
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
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 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
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.
- College Football Betting Tips for Profitability
- College Football Betting Tips on Fading the Public
- Check out our expert team with College Football Picks and real-time College Football Odds
College Basketball Betting in Louisiana
LSU Tigers Men's Basketball
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
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
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 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.
McNeese State Cowboys Men's Basketball
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
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
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
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
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
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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