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Louisiana Casinos and Gambling Law

Louisiana CasinosLouisiana gambling has the sincerest roots of any other state in the South. The state was home to the very first racing industry in the state. Louisiana also hosted the infamous lottery racket in history. Modern-day Louisiana gaming is still among the most popular in the South. They host horse racing, a state lottery, off-track betting, charitable gaming and also full-scale Louisiana casinos. About half of the casinos legalized video poker at taverns, bars and truck stops. With 21 Louisiana casinos, six of them are Native American casinos.

Louisiana Casinos & Gambling

  • Year Louisiana Gambling was Regulated: Lottery (1868-1893, 1990-present), Bingo (1987), Racing (1852-1868, 1971-present), Casinos (1991), Truck Stop/Tavern Video Poker (1991)
  • Estimated Tax Revenue: $670 million
  • Estimated Betting Revenue: $2.9 billion
  • Louisiana Legal Gambling Age: 18 for racing

Louisiana Online Gambling

The only type of legal Louisiana web gambling is off-track betting. Horses are the only form of races permitted. Daily fantasy sports are lawful in Louisiana. The state prohibits games of any chance, as well as all types of internet gambling that is not specifically legalized by statute.

Popular Casino Games

  • Slots
  • Blackjack
  • Poker
  • Craps/Roulette
  • Horses
  • Lottery

Live Gambling in Louisiana

There are many types of live gambling in Louisiana. Horseracing is one of the original types of betting in Louisiana. There are numerous tracks in the state that offer live and simulcast racing. The state lottery sells scratch-off and lotto tickets. Charities are allowed to sell raffle tickets, bingo cards and pools which involve games of chance. They must be operated by non-profit organizations registered with the state. There are lots of legal Louisiana casinos that offer players popular games. There are three kinds of casinos in Louisiana. Also, there are riverboat casinos, which has all but one commercial Louisiana casino. Harrah’s New Orleans has special arrangement that permits it to be on land. There are also Native American Louisiana casinos based on reservation land.

Louisiana Gambling Laws

There are minimum gambling ages in Louisiana. Minimum Louisiana gambling age for racing and Bingo players is 18 years. The state lottery requires players to be 21 years old. Louisiana betting laws prohibits all types of online gambling. Web gamblers will face a fine of up to $500 for taking part. Louisiana is one of the two states with explicit consequences for players. Louisiana casinos must be on bodies of water. There are presently 15 Louisiana casino licenses for commercial operations. Five casinos are in Shreveport. Four casinos are in Lake Charles. There are three casinos based in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

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List of Louisiana Casinos

Amelia Belle Casino800 Slot Machines500 Lake Plourde
Belle of Baton Rouge Casino750 Slot Machines103 France
Boomtown Casino – Bossier City1,100 Slot Machines300 Riverside
Boomtown New Orleans1,250 Slot Machines4132 Peters
Coushatta Casino – Kinder2,800 Slot Machines777 Coushatta
Cypress Bayou Casino – Charenton600 Slot Machines832 Martin Luther King
Delta Downs Casino – Vinton1,600 Slot Machines2717 Delta Downs
Diamond Jacks Casino – Bossier City1,000 Slot Machines711 Diamondjacks
Eldorado Casino – Shreveport1,500 Slot Machines451 Clyde Fant
Evangeline Downs – Opelousas1,400 Slot Machines2235 Cresswell Lane
Fair Grounds Race Course and Casino – New Orleans600 Slot Machines1751 Gentilly
Golden Nugget – Lake Charles1,600 Slot Machines2550 Golden Nugget
Harrah’s Louisiana Downs – Bossier City1,300 Slot Machines8000 E. Texas
Harrah’s – New Orleans1,700 Slot Machines228 Poydras
Hollywood Casino – Baton Rouge1,500 Slot MachinesNorth, 1717 River
Horseshoe Casino – Bossier City1,500 Slot Machines711 Horseshoe
Isle of Capri – Lake Charles1,150 Slot Machines100 Westlake
Choctaw Pines Casino – Dry Pong700 Slot Machines149 149 Chahta
L’Auberge Casino – Baton Rouge1,500 Slot Machines777 L’Auberge
L’Auberge Casino – Lake Charles1,600 Slot Machines777 Ave. L’
Margaritaville Casino – Bossier City1,200 Slot Machines777 Margaritaville
Paragon Casino – Marksville2,000 Slot Machines711 Paragon
Sam’s Town – Shreveport1,000 Slot Machines315 Clyde Fant
Treasure Chest Casino – Kenner1,000 Slot Machines5050 Williams

Louisiana Gambling History

The first type of organized gambling in Louisiana was a government-run casino in 1753. There were more places to play at than nearly any other city in the early 1800’s. The federal government banned casinos in 1812. The law excused New Orleans. The legality of casinos bounced back and forth until 1866. The first version of the Lottery began in 1866. The state had outlawed all other types of gambling at that time. A private firm operated the lottery. Tickets and transactions were handled through mail. Horseracing was then legalized in 1929. The first race track was at the New Orleans Fair Grounds. It was the only facility in the state where gambling was regulated.

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