Louisiana has 4 federally-approved Indian casinos and 43 state-licensed casinos. One of the state-licensed casinos is owned by an Alabama tribe.
The tribes that own and operate approved Indian casinos are the Chitimacha Tribe, Coushatta Tribe, Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe and Jena Band of Choctaw Indians. These casinos are regulated by the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC).
The Margaritaville Resort Casino is a state-licensed casino owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians from Alabama.
Minimum gambling ages are 21 years old for casinos, 21 for poker, 18 for bingo, 18 for horse racing, 21 for the lottery.
Cypress Bayou Casino and Hotel
823 Martin Luther King Road
Charenton, LA 70523
The Cypress Bayou Casino is owned by the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana, P.O. Box 661, Charenton LA 70523. (337) 923-4973
Coushatta Casino Resort
777 Coushatta Drive
Kinder, Louisiana 70648
The Coushatta Casino Resort is owned by the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, 1940 C.C. Bel Road, Elton, LA 70532. (337) 584-1403
Jena Choctaw Pines Casino
149 Chahta Trails
Dry Prong, LA 71423
P.O. Box 14 Jena, LA 71342
The Choctaw Pines Casino is owned by the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, PO Box 14, Jena, Louisiana 71342. (318) 992-2717
Margaritaville Resort Casino
777 Margaritaville Way
Bossier City, LA 71111
Margaritaville Resort Casino is owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, an Alabama tribe.
Paragon Casino Resort
711 Grand Blvd.
Marksville, LA 71351
The Paragon Casino & Resort is owned by the Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe of Louisiana, P.O. Box 1589, Marksville LA 71351. (318) 253-9767
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Non-Indian gambling is regulated by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.
Louisiana Gaming Control Board
9100 Bluebonnet Centre Boulevard, Suite 500
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809
Phone 225.295.8450 or 1.888.295.8450
The Louisiana Gaming Control Board has licensed the following casinos:
|Bossier Parish||Boomtown Casino & Hotel|
|DiamondJacks Casino & Resort|
|Horseshoe Casino & Hotel - Bossier City|
|Caddo Parish||King's Ransom Casino|
|Eldorado Resort Casino|
|Sam's Town Shreveport|
|Calcasieu Parish||Cash Magic|
|L'Auberge Casino Resort|
|Lake Charles Golden Nugget Casino Resort|
|Cash Magic Winner's Choice Plaza|
|Cash Magic Vinton||Horseshoe Lake Charles|
|Lucky Longhorn Casino|
|Texas Pelican Casino and Bingo|
|East Baton Rouge Parish||Belle of Baton Rouge Casino|
|Jefferson Parish||Boomtown Casino New Orleans|
|Treasure Chest Casino|
|Jalou of Jefferson|
|Lafourche Parish||Cash Magic Larose|
|Livingston Parish||Lucky Magnolia|
|Lafayette Parish||Vegas Style North Casino|
|Orleans Parish||Carnival Club|
|Crescent City Casino|
|Harrah's New Orleans Casino|
|St. John the Baptist Parish||Poker Palace Casino|
|St. Landry Parish||Cash Magic|
|The Quarters Casino & Restaurant|
|St. Martin Parish||Cash Magic|
|Vegas Style South Casino|
|St. Mary Parish||Amelia Belle Casino|
|Bayou Vista Plaza|
|Tangipahoa Parish||St. Helena Express|
|Terrebonne Parish||Houma Truck Plaza|
|Webster Parish||Cash Money|
June 25, 2021
Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the Louisiana sports betting legislation into law this week. First bets are expected by the end of this year.
The new law allocates 20 sports betting licenses for applicants from Louisiana riverboat casinos, racetracks and one New Orleans casino. Each licensee can open a retail sportsbook along with an online website or mobile application.
Louisiana's Native American casinos are now qualified for sports betting under the U.S. Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The federal law allows all legal gaming activities within the state to be operated on tribal land. The four Louisiana casino tribes can now work with the state government to seek a gaming compact for sports betting.
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May 23, 2018
On Wednesday a law was signed by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards that would allow for larger onshore gaming floors for riverboat casinos. Under Senate Bill 316, the casino gaming floor can be moved nearly a quarter mile or 1,200 feet from the berth of the riverboat.
27 years ago gambling was legalized in the state. There are currently 15 casino riverboats. New Orleans had 1 casino built on land. There are also 3 tribal owned casinos.
An application will need to be submitted to the state Gaming Control Board before approval can be given that would allow the riverboat operations to move on land. It is estimated that it will be close to six months before the applications begin to be submitted.
States with similar laws are being studied to help determine the what the new guidelines should be. In the next few months the board will need to write the regulations for the application process, financing, and other numerous details. These regulations will also need some time after that before they can be given final approval. There must be public hearings and written responses given first before they can go into effect.
Under the previous law, riverboat casinos could only have 30,000 square feet of gaming space. They could also only have gaming positions upto 2,365. The gaming position has to do with how many people could play at a table game or seats for slot machines. SB316 will allow for a clear definition of the gaming positions are counted.
In 1991 15 riverboats were approved for casino gaming licenses. All gaming was to take place while the boat sailed. In 2001 the law changed and allowed for the boats to stay at their berth. However, it was required that the casino floor was placed over the water. Mariners had to be on staff. Also, the paddle wheel had to be operational.
Whenever a change to the current gaming law was made, the Gaming Control Board set new requirements for casinos to make investments in new amenities for guests. This included adding new restaurants and spa facilities. The new law would require casinos to continue with this trend if they want to move their gaming operations on land. It could be upwards to $600 million in a new building and design.
It was reported that in 2017 $419.2 million was raised in taxes from riverboat casinos. $371 million in taxes was raised from gas and oil severance.
May 21, 2018
On Friday the regular session for the Louisianan Legislature was adjourned. A deal was not settled for the gaming license for the proposed extension project for the Harrah's New Orleans. The proposed project will cost $350 million to complete. The casino is owned by Caesars Entertainment. A conference committee did not approve the bill causing a new obstacle for the project.
The casino is the only land based gaming facility in the state. The company is seeking to extend their gaming operations for 30 years with no bids. The current contract is scheduled to expire in 2024. This is six years in the future.
The company maintains that allowing for them to extend their license, they would be able to create more opportunity for economic growth in the area. However, if the license is not allowed to be bid on then opponents believe the city and the state would not have a chance to receive the most beneficial deal.
Lawmakers decided to reject the proposal since at this time there is no other alternative. A comparison can not be made to decide what the best option would be.
Under the proposal, construction jobs would create the need for 600 people. After construction, 500 permanent jobs would need to be filled. The city would also have an increase of tax revenue that would be in the millions.
2019 is an election year for Louisiana. It is possible that another attempt by the casino could be made then.
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