Louisiana online sports betting
Louisiana took the step of becoming one of the states to launch legalized online sports betting at the start of 2022. Several of the USA’s leading sportsbook brands are now taking mobile bets in 56 of the state’s 64 parishes, a move triggered by a referendum in November 2020.
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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. Following the result of the 2020 referendum, 10 retail sportsbooks have gone live across Louisiana since October 2021.
Is online sports betting legal in Louisiana?
Yes, it is. Six legal and licensed online sportsbooks began taking bets from Louisiana customers in January 2022.
How old do I have to be to place a bet in Louisiana?
Sports betting in Louisiana is legal only for people aged 21 or older in parishes that voted for it.
You must be at least 21 years old to bet in Louisiana
To take part in Louisiana sports betting, you will need to be aged 21 or older.
You must be located in Louisiana to bet
All sportsbooks offering Louisiana online sports betting services must ensure that you are located within the state before you can place a bet.
This condition is backed up by geo-location tools.
The complicated nature of local Louisiana politics and geography helps to explain why major Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) operators were not able to offer services in the Bayou State until 2021.
DFS was legalized in the state in 2018 - but 17 of the state’s 64 parishes voted against.
That means there had to be incredibly accurate geo-location technology in place to ensure nobody could play in those areas.
However, by October 2021 both DraftKings and FanDuel had received licenses to offer DFS games in Louisiana.
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 the city’s resurgence after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. Football is enormously popular in the state - both at NFL and college level. There are no restrictions on gambling on NCAA action here.
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. Out of 64 parishes, 56 vote for legalization.
In August, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board passed emergency sports betting rules to start the licensing process. Retail sports betting got under way on October 31.
On January 28, the first six online betting operators – including some of the most respected names in American gambling – began to offer their services to the people of Louisiana.