Legal sports betting at retail locations in Louisiana launched in October 2021, and online sports betting followed shortly afterwards with a state-wide launch in January 2022. Louisiana has over a dozen locations that locals can bet in-person at and nine active state-licensed mobile sportsbooks.

Louisiana Sportsbooks Features & Promos

Each of the best online sportsbooks in Louisiana offer everything that sports bettors today are looking for including same-game parlays, live betting and a variety of prop bets across different sports. Most withdrawals are processed within a day or two on all of these sites and apps, though there are slight variations depending on the banking method you prefer.

Trying out multiple Louisiana sportsbooks is a great way to decide which one is best for you. In addition to collecting lots of bonus bets and free plays with each site’s welcome offer, you’ll also have the opportunity to navigate each site and compare the user experience, betting odds and customer service quality at each one. 

Louisiana Sports Betting Legal Path

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards made Senate Bills 247 and 142 official when he signed the into law on June 22, 2021. These bills legalized sports betting, allowing Louisiana casinos to apply for licenses to operate in-person sportsbooks and to line up contractors to run mobile sportsbooks.

Online sportsbooks have a tax rate of 15% in Louisiana while retail books are taxed at 10%. While 55 of the state’s 64 parishes independently approved of and legalized sports betting, nine did not. Residents and visitors in these parishes can not place legal sports bets online or in-person while inside their borders. 

Additional Louisiana's Legal Betting Path Details

Here are some key questions regarding Louisiana's sports betting rules.

  1. how many sportsbooks operate in Louisiana?

    Louisiana currently has nine active state-regulated online sportsbooks.

  2. How old do you have to be to bet in Louisiana?

    Players in Louisiana must be at least 21 years old to bet on sports.

  3. Can you bet on college sports in Louisiana?

    Betting on college sports is legal in Louisiana including game and player props.

  4. Is sports Betting legal in all parts of louisiana?

    Sports betting in Louisiana is not legal in the following nine parishes: Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Jackson, La Salle, Sabine, Union, West Carroll, and Winn.

  5. Do you have to go to a retail location in Louisiana to register a sports betting account?

    Remote registration is an option for Louisiana bettors.

  6. Can you bet on esports in Louisiana?

    Esports can be bet on with some restrictions in Louisiana.

Home Field Advantage 

Louisiana has only two professional sports teams in the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, but local fans support these two teams with tons of passion. That passion is also maxed out for the LSU Tigers across multiple sports, most notably the school’s football, basketball and baseball programs.

NFL: New Orleans Saints

The Saints enjoyed an impressive run from 2006 through 2020 that included seven NFC South division championships and a 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV at the end of the 2009 season. This run was orchestrated by the sensational head coach and quarterback tandem of Sean Payton and Drew Brees. The Saints head into the 2024 season having missed the playoffs in each of the three years since Brees retired.

NCAA: Louisiana State University Tigers

The LSU Tigers have won four national championships in football including their undefeated run in 2019 led by Joe Burrow that wrapped up at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The Tigers have also won seven national championships in baseball and are the defending champions after winning the College World Series in 2023.

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans

Since their inception in 2002, the Pelicans (formerly known as the Hornets) have failed to generate much success with only eight playoff appearances and two postseason series wins. The team’s current superstar tandem of Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram are hoping to give Louisiana sports fans something to cheer about with a successful postseason run this year.

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