Louisiana Sports Betting

Sports betting wasn’t born on the Bayou, but after a long wait, bettors are ready to party like it’s Mardi Gras as Louisiana online sportsbooks such as Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, and BetRivers launched on Friday, January 28th, 2022.

Yes, the time is now! You can officially place sports wagers in the Pelican State! Even better? You can gain an edge against the sportsbooks before you lock in your first picks.

Best Louisiana Sportsbook Offers

Sportsbook sign-up offers are one of the best ways to begin your sports betting endeavors. Taking advantage of these offers is essential for any Louisianan who wants to make money betting on sports short and long term.

Louisiana Sports Betting History

Louisiana sports betting was officially signed into law in June of 2021 by Gov. John Bel Edwards. The bill made Louisiana the first state to allow betting parish-by-parish (or more commonly, county-by-county).

Of the 64 Louisiana parishes, 56 voted to pass both in-person and online sports betting within their jurisdiction. Interestingly, the eight parishes that rejected the proposal will use geofencing to prevent wagers from taking place.

Louisiana Football on field

Louisiana Parishes Without Sports Betting

Unfortunately, if you live in one of the eight follow parishes you will have to take a drive, albeit short, to place your wagers. Hey, things could be worse.

It’s worth noting that this sports betting legislation is so unique because Louisiana uses a civil law system at the state level rather than the common law system that all 49 other states use. But enough with the political science — let’s talk more about sports betting and dive into a few of the best Louisiana online sportsbooks at which you can sign up.


One of the biggest sportsbooks in the world, bet365 is now available in Louisiana through a partnership with the Amelia Belle Casino.


PENN Entertainment’s situation is one of the more interesting ones at this time, as the company has announced a partnership with ESPN. ESPN BET is now available in Louisiana.

The most recognizable sports entertainment brand in the United States is one of the biggest moves we’ve seen in an era with sports betting legal.

Caesars Sportsbook

Caesars already had a presence in Louisiana as they have owned five brick-and-mortar casinos, most notably Harrah’s Casino in downtown New Orleans. They also have Horseshoe Bossier City, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, Belle of Baton Rouge, and Isle of Capri Lake Charles.

BetMGM Sportsbook

Among other major players in the Louisiana sports betting space is BetMGM. A veteran in the gaming industry, BetMGM looks to further cement itself as one of the top sportsbook apps in the United States.

FanDuel Sportsbook

Though not exactly veterans in the industry, FanDuel Sportsbook is making waves across the country as one of the more popular online apps to use.

They offer a great same-game parlay product, which you’ll often hear discussed and advertised on the Pat McAfee Show. The app is also easy to use, especially for novice gamblers.

DraftKings Sportsbook

Like FanDuel, DraftKings first introduced itself as a daily fantasy sports site. DFS took off, and so too did DraftKings. They become the major DFS hegemon and now look to do the same as a sportsbook.

It’s a crowded field, indeed, but don’t count DraftKings out. They already have a massive userbase thanks to their success within the DFS industry over the past decade.

As far as sports betting goes, DraftKings is also unique in its pick’em pool offerings and sports betting contests, including DraftKings Sports Betting National Championship.