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Louisiana online sports betting laws

Sports betting is on its way to Louisiana. A referendum in November 2020 cleared the path for sports betting to be authorized in the majority of the state’s parishes and the state’s lawmakers passed legislation setting out a framework for regulation and licensing of sports betting in 2021. The licensing process is now underway, and it’s hoped that sports betting will be in the state by the end of 2021.

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Jennifer Gaynor

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Jennifer has a degree in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C, in 2005. She's been living in Las Vegas helping clients in the casino and gaming industry, as well as other regulated businesses, across Nevada for over 15 years.

She has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books on US gaming law, including most recently, The Law of Regulated Gambling: A Practical Guide for Business Lawyers, American Bar Association (2020), and That (Expletive) Broad: Women Who Broke Barriers in the Casino and Gaming Industry (2020).

Is sports betting legal in Louisiana?

Yes, Louisiana has recently passed legislation to allow sports betting, however licenses have yet to issue, and it could be a few months before the first legal sports wager is placed in the state.

Is online sports betting legal in Louisiana?

Although online sports betting has been approved in the state, licenses are yet to issue and there is no live online sports betting yet available.

How old do I have to be to place a bet in Louisiana?

You need to be at least 21 years old before you can enjoy sports betting in Louisiana.

Is sports betting legal in Louisiana?

Louisiana legalizes sports betting
Horse racing already legal in Louisiana

Daily Fantasy Sports in Louisiana

The complicated nature of local Louisiana politics and geography helps to explain why major Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) operators do not offer services in the Bayou State yet – although they hope to soon.

DFS was legalized in the state in Louisiana via referendum in 2018 – but 17 of the state’s 64 parishes voted against. That means there will need to be incredibly accurate geo-location technology in place to ensure nobody can play in those areas.

To add to that complication, no agreement had been reached on the level of tax on DFS revenues that would be payable to the state.

That changed in February 2021, when the state decided on an 8% rate and opened the process of applications for DFS licenses.

Major DFS players DraftKings and FanDuel have submitted their applications to provide DFS in the state, with hopes to offer DFS wagering by the start of the NFL season.

Top sports to bet on in Louisiana

Once Louisiana sports betting does get under way, there will undoubtedly be plenty of appetite for wagering in the parishes where it is permitted. There are two big four teams in the state, and a whole heap of top-quality college teams to follow as well.


The New Orleans Saints earned a special place in folklore with their 2009 Super Bowl triumph. It was seen by many as a metaphor for their home city’s resurgence after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. Football is enormously popular in the state – both at NFL and college level, thanks predominantly to the LSU Tigers.

Responsible gambling in Louisiana

Even though Louisiana sports betting has only recently been legalized, there is already a healthy focus on responsible gambling in the state.

This is explained by the large number of casinos operating here, as well as the presence of the state lottery, which is among the bodies that take their responsible gambling duties seriously.

Although gambling in any form is supposed to be a harmless leisure activity, for a small minority of people it can lead to addiction, and financial and emotional problems.

Timeline of sports betting in Louisiana


PASPA is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, clearing the way for any state to authorize sports betting within its borders.


Sen. Danny Martiny makes a sustained effort to bring sports betting to Louisiana, but cannot get enough support for his bill


Several legislators step up efforts for legalization and a question is put to voters on a parish-by-parish level in the election. 55 out of 64 parishes vote for legalization.


The Louisiana Legislature passes laws outlining the regulation and licensing for sports betting in the state, and these are signed by the governor in June. It is hoped that licenses will be issued and live wagers will be available in the state by the end of the year.

Where can you bet in Louisiana?

There are no locations where you can currently enjoy legal Louisiana sports betting, but that is changing soon.

Following the vote to legalize sports betting in 55 of the state’s 64 parishes in November 2020, the state’s legislature passed laws outlining the framework for sports betting in 2021, with the hope that live wagering should begin by the end of 2021.

The most obvious retail locations where this should happen are the state’s casinos. Louisiana is home to more than 20, and an up-to-date list is available here.

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