- Last Updated on 21 November 2013
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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.
- Amelia Belle Casino
- Belle of Baton Rouge
- Boomtown Casino & Hotel Bossier City
- Boomtown Casino New Orleans
- Coushatta Casino Resort
- Cypress Bayou Casino
- Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino
- DiamondJacks Casino - Bossier City
- Eldorado Casino Shreveport
- Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino
- Fair Grounds Racecourse & Slots
- Harrah's Louisiana Downs
- Harrah's New Orleans
- Hollywood Casino - Baton Rouge
- Horseshoe Casino Hotel - Bossier City
- Isle of Capri - Lake Charles
- Jena Choctaw Pines Casino
- L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles
- L'Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge
- Margaritaville Resort Casino - Bossier City
- Mojito Pointe Casino (Expected to open mid-2014)
- Paragon Casino Resort
- Sam's Town Hotel & Casino Shreveport
- Treasure Chest Casino