TYPES OF CASINOS IN SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA
There are two types of casinos in Shreveport and neighboring Bossier City: six riverboat casinos and one pari-mutuel casino.
Riverboat Casinos in Shreveport
In 1991, Louisiana was the fourth state to approve riverboat casinos and its gaming law allows a maximum of 15 riverboat casinos statewide. All Louisiana riverboat casinos must remain dockside and they are not allowed to cruise.
There are two riverboat casinos in Shreveport and four in Bossier City which is directly across the Red River from Shreveport. All six of them offer electronic gaming machines, as well as an assortment of table games.
Pari-Mutuel Casinos in Shreveport
One of the Shreveport casinos is located at a horse track. That pari-mutuel casino, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, is situated about 10 miles east of Shreveport in Bossier City. That casino only has slot machines. There are no table games and, additionally, that casino does not have any video poker games.
Gaming regulations require that gaming machines at all (non-Indian) Shreveport casinos be programmed to pay back no less than 80% and no more than 99.9%.
The payback percentages for slot machines at all Shreveport casinos, as well as all Louisiana casinos, are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all New Orleans casinos.
NOTE: If you happen to win a jackpot of $1,200 or more at any Louisiana casino, they will withhold 6% of your winnings for the Louisiana Department of Revenue. If you want to try and get that money refunded, you will have to file a state income tax return and, depending on the results of your return, you mighty get some of that money returned to you. The $1,200 amount would also apply to any cash prizes won in drawings or tournaments.
The minimum gambling age is 21 for all casinos in Shreveport and Bossier City. The gambling age is 18 for pari-mutuel betting at the horse track.
For more information on visiting the casinos in Shreveport and Bossier City, call the cities’ Convention and Tourism Bureau at (800) 551-8682 or visit their website at: www.shreveport-bossier.org
Shown below is a list of all casinos in Shreveport and Bossier City. Click on a casino name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.