Louisiana Casinos

by Steve Bourie  Learn more about the author 

Louisiana was the fourth state to approve riverboat casino gam­bling and its 1991 gambling law allows a maximum of 15 boats statewide. In 1992 a provi­sion was added for one land-based casino in New Orleans.

The state also has three land-based Indian casinos and four slot machine-only (no video poker or video keno) casinos located at pari-mutuel facilities. Additionally, video poker is permitted at Louisiana truck stops, OTB’s and bars/taverns in 31 of the state’s 64 parish­es (counties).  All riverboat casinos in Louisiana are required to remain dockside and all are open 24 hours.

Gaming regulations re­quire that gaming machines in casinos be programmed to pay back no less than 80% and no more than 99.9%. For video gaming machines at locations other than casinos the law requires a minimum return of 80% and a maximum return of 94%.

Louisiana gaming statistics are not broken   down by individual properties. Rather, they are classified by region: Baton Rouge (BR), Lake Charles (LC), New Orleans (NO) and Shreveport/Bossier City (SB).

The Baton Rouge casinos consist of the Belle of Baton Rouge, Hollywood Casino and Evangeline Downs. The Lake Charles casinos include: Isle of Capri, L’Auberge du Lac and Delta Downs. New Orleans area casinos are: Amelia Belle, Boomtown, Harrah’s (landbased), Treasure Chest and Fairgrounds Raceway. The Shreveport/Bossier city casinos include: Boomtown, Diamond Jack’s, Sam’s Town, Eldorado,  Horseshoe and Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.

Click here to see a list of Louisiana casino slot machine payback statistics.

NOTE: If you happen to win a jackpot of $1,200 or more in Louisiana, the casino will withhold 6% of your winnings for the Louisiana Department of Revenue. If you want to try and get that money refunded, you will be required to file a state income tax return and, depending on the details of your return, you may get some of the money returned to you. The $1,200 threshold would also apply to any cash prizes won in casino drawings or tournaments.

All casinos offer: blackjack, craps, roulette, slots and video poker.  Optional games include: Spanish 21 (S21), baccarat (B), mini-baccarat (MB), poker (P), Caribbean stud poker (CSP), pai gow poker (PGP), let it ride (LIR), casino war (CW), three-card poker (TCP), four card (FCP), big 6 wheel (B6), keno (K), Texas hold ‘em Bonus (THB) and bingo (BG). The minimum gambling age is 21 for casino gaming and 18 for pari-mutuel betting.

For more information on visiting Louisiana call the state’s tourism department at (800) 633-6970 or visit www.louisianatravel.com

Shown below is a list of all Louisiana casinos. Click on a casino name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.



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