Which Forms of Gambling Are Legal in Louisiana?


Louisiana is known across the country for its great food, music, and festivals. Louisiana is also known for its gambling. People come from all over the south to enjoy dining at the casino restaurants and gambling on the river boats. While the Mississippi Gulf Coast has numerous casinos, almost all forms of gambling are illegal in neighboring Texas and Arkansas. This article provides a brief summary of the gambling activities that are legal in Louisiana and those that are not.

Gambling in Louisiana is defined as “the intentional performance, or direct assistance in conducting, as a business of any game, context, lottery, or contraption whereby a person risks losing something of value for a profit. “.


Age Restrictions: You must be 18 years old to participate in the state lottery or racetrack gambling. To gamble at a casino or video poker machine, you must be 21 years old.

Casinos and racetracks: River casinos are legal in Louisiana. “Riverboat” refers to anything that floats on water, resulting in many riverboats consisting of large barge structures anchored close to shore. A land based casino is state licensed in the City of New Orleans and on Indian Tribal lands. Gambling on horse racing is legal, but dog racing is illegal.

State Lottery: The Louisiana Lottery began in 1991 and the proceeds of the lottery are legislatively used to improve Louisiana’s educational system. The Louisiana lottery includes a number drawing, Power-ball, and scratch-off tickets.

Video Poker: Casinos and race tracks in the state have video poker machines, as do several restaurants, gas stations, bars, and truck stops. In Louisiana, if a business has a liquor license, this license allows it to have up to three video game machines. Truck stops can operate more video poker machines depending on how much fuel they sell.

Social Gambling and Charity Gambling – Social gambling (for recreational and non-commercial purposes) such as pool games, personal gambling, or sports betting is legal in Louisiana as long as no one receives a “cut” or fee for managing the transaction (other than UFABET  prizes to the legitimate winner). Certain gambling activities, such as raffles, bingo, and keno, that are directly associated with charitable fundraising for non-profit organizations, are legal.

Commercial Cruises in International Waters: Gambling on commercial cruises that travel internationally (beyond 12 miles offshore) is legal.

Tax: Any establishment awarding a one-time gaming prize of $ 600 or more must report the winner, along with the recipient’s social security number, to the IRS and the Louisiana Department of Revenue. Residents must report gambling income as taxable income on their federal and state tax returns.


Dog fighting and gambling related to dog fighting: The. R.S. 14: 102.5 makes it illegal to possess, possess, have or train a dog for the purpose of fighting or to possess any paraphernalia used in training dogs for fighting. Violation of a first conviction results in a fine of up to $ 1000 and / or no more than one year in prison. A subsequent conviction results in a fine of up to $ 3,000 and / or imprisonment of no more than three years.

Cockfighting and gambling related to cockfighting: The. R.S. 14: 102.23 makes it illegal for any person to organize or conduct a commercial or private cockfight where it is reasonably foreseeable that chickens will be injured. It is also illegal to own, train or purchase any chicken for cockfighting. A first offense conviction results in a fine of up to $ 1000 and / or 6 months in prison. A second felony conviction results in a fine of up to $ 2,000 and / or one year in prison. A third felony conviction results in a fine of up to $ 2,000 and / or three years in prison.

The state can confiscate property related to illegal gambling: The state can confiscate any property related to illegal gambling and, upon conviction, can sell the confiscated property at a public auction.

Computer Gambling: Computer gambling is prohibited in Louisiana. Computer gambling is the realization as a business of any game, context, lottery or other activity whereby a person risks losing something of value to make a profit when accessing the Internet. A conviction results in a $ 500 fine and / or up to 6 months in prison.

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