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Which Louisiana Parishes Legalized Sports Betting?

Publish Date: 02/01/2022
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster

Due to sports betting still being illegal in certain parishes within the state of Louisiana, this particular US state has a unique legal situation when it comes to sports betting rules and regulations. 

The Louisiana Sports Wagering Legalization Process

The Pelican State holds a strong precedent for placing gambling expansion up to a popular vote. They do so on a parish-by-parish basis instead of using the statewide ballot. This same voting format legalized daily fantasy sports contests for real money (in most of Louisiana) in 2018.

  •  Voters in at least 52 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes showed consensus in the 2020 election to legalize sports wagering in their parishes. Additionally, voters in at least five other parishes refused to allow gambling within their legal limits.
  • However, it’s not that surprising that the parishes that voted for the legalization represent Louisiana’s majority population and live close to urban or metro areas where casinos, race tracks, video poker, and the lottery are nothing new.
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the sports betting bill (SB 247) in June 2021, subsequent to the majority approval.
  • On January 28th this year, six big names entered the Louisiana legal online betting stage. You may have heard of some of them; they are Barstool, BetMGM, FanDuel, BetRivers, DraftKings, and Caesars. These are some of the US’s top sports betting operators, and they have great specs and offers for new customers.

What to do if you’re a resident of any of these Parishes

Due to how Louisiana opted to handle the voting process, some Parishes within Louisiana could choose to keep sports betting illegal in their areas.

These parishes are mostly not as densely populated or located close to metropolitan areas with a clear pro-sports betting consensus.

If you reside in Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, LaSalle, Sabine, Union, West Carroll, and Winn, you may have to wait a bit longer before some of America’s favorite sportsbooks come knocking on your door.

However, all is not lost as residents from these parishes can still sign up, verify their identity, make deposits, and browse markets within their state. Still, before they start the wagering process, they’ll need to travel to a Parish where sports betting is, in fact, legal.

Where to bet if your parish has allowed sports betting in Louisiana:

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Sports betting in Louisiana: what lies ahead?

If you’re wondering what lies ahead for the state of Louisiana when it comes to online sports betting, there’s plenty of new LA sportsbooks waiting to launch in the Pelican State.

When numerous state representatives and businessmen previously stated that Louisiana is missing out on some important revenue by blocking sports betting, they hit the nail right on the head.

Things are looking up for Louisiana in terms of the sports betting business. You only have to look at the BetMGM Louisiana welcome promo, or the awesome sign up bonus for Caesars LA, to see exactly what we mean!

However, gambling remains controversial in much of Louisiana, even though it is viewed much more favorably in densely populated areas.

Finally, the opportunity for residents of Louisiana to enjoy sports wagering is not the only good thing that came from this change. Unsurprisingly, this change received some of its staunchest support from gaming and brick-and-mortar casino communities. These establishments employ thousands of individuals who live in the Pelican State and are now likely to create even more new jobs as sports betting takes off in the state.

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