Louisiana Online Gambling

The latest on Louisiana online gambling, sports betting, lottery, and more.

For decades, Louisiana rode the status quo when it came to legal gambling in the state. After nearly 20 years, however, Louisiana gambling has expanded. A state with multiple casino locations (most of which are riverboat casinos), a handful of racinos and a love of all things sports is now dipping its toes into legal online gambling.

Voters in the majority of parishes in the Pelican State approved the legalization of daily fantasy sports in 2018 and sports betting in 2020. The DFS industry went live in July 2021. The first regulated sportsbooks launched on Halloween 2021. More soon followed suit and some still wait in the wings for license approval. The state launched online sports betting in Louisiana Jan. 28, 2022.

With the additions of DFS and sports betting, it marked Louisiana’s greatest expansion of legal gambling (and online gambling) since the introduction of the Louisiana Lottery and casinos in the early 1990s. While online casinos and online poker are still a no-go in the state, the change of heart is a step forward.

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LEGALIZATION DATE
June 21, 2021

MARKET LAUNCH DATE
Retail: October 6, 2021
Online: January 28, 2022

AUTHORIZED OPERATORS
Commercial casino, tribal casino, racetrack & online operators.

LA Lottery through online and kiosks in local bars and restaurants.

Licenses could also be issued to video poker establishments, OTBs, and fantasy sports operators if not all commercial casinos and racetracks apply for a license.

All wagering restricted to 55 of 64 state parishes.

RESTRICTED BET TYPES
None

AGE REQUIREMENT
Must be 21+

BETTING ACCOUNT REGISTRATION
Customers of online sportsbooks are not required to register or fund their accounts in person

TAX RATE
10% on retail sports betting revenue
15% on online/mobile sports betting revenue

TAX REVENUE ALLOCATION
Tax revenue must first be applied to the Bond Security and Redemption Fund to pay state bond liabilities, then they are allocated as follows:
– 25% (not to exceed $20 million) to the Early Childhood Education Fund
– 10% by proportionate distribution to each parish where the taxable conduct occurred
– 2.5% to the Sports Wagering Purse Supplemental Fund
– 2% or $500,000, whichever is greater, to the Behavioral Health and Wellness Fund
– 2%, up to $500,000, to the Disability Affairs Trust Fund
– Remaining money to the general fund

LICENSE FEES
Operators: $750,000 initial application and license fee, $500,000 renewal fee every 5 years
Platform providers: $350,000 initial application and license fee, $250,000 renewal fee every 5 years

OFFICIAL DATA MANDATE
None

INTEGRITY FEE
None

Yes, to an extent. Voters approved the legalization of daily fantasy sports (in 2018) and sports betting (2020) in the majority of parishes in Louisiana. The DFS industry launched in summer 2021, while online sports betting launched on Jan. 28, 2022. The Louisiana Lottery does not sell games online, while online poker sites and online casinos each remain illegal in the state.

Who oversees gambling in Louisiana?

The Louisiana Gaming Control Board regulates all commercial casino and sports betting activities in the state. Horse racing, meanwhile, falls under the purview of the Louisiana Racing Commission.

Can I play online casino games?

Real-money online casino gaming is not legal in Louisiana. However, players have access to sweepstakes-based sites such as Chumba Casino and LuckyLand Slots, both of which use virtual currency that can be redeemed for real cash.

How old do I have to be to gamble in Louisiana?

To gamble at any of the state’s casinos and participate in legal daily fantasy sports and sports betting, players must be at least 21 years old. However, individuals only need to be 18 years old to take part in horse betting and Louisiana Lottery games.