TYPES OF LOUISIANA CASINOS
Louisiana is home to three types of casinos: riverboat casinos, Native American casinos, and one land-based casino.
In 1991 Louisiana approved riverboat casino gambling, it was actually the fourth state in the U.S. to legalize it. At that time the law only allowed for a maximum of 15 riverboats to operate statewide. A year later, in 1992, New Orleans added a provision to allow for one land-based casino.
In Louisiana, there are three Native American land-based casinos, and four slot machine-only casinos located at pari-mutuel facilities. In Louisiana video poker is permitted at Louisiana truck stops, bars/taverns, and OTB’s in more than half of the state’s 64 parishes (counties).
Louisiana riverboat casinos are required to remain dockside at all times, most of them are just stationary barges that are built to look like boats. Louisiana gaming regulations require that gaming machines at all non- Native American casinos must pay back a minimum of 80% and a maximum of 99.9%. The law requires that non-casinos locations with video gaming machines have a minimum return of 80% and a maximum of 94%.
All Louisiana casinos offer: blackjack, three card poker, Mississippi stud, craps, roulette, slots, and video poker. Select casinos offer such games as: poker, four card poker, Caribbean stud poker, pai gow poker, baccarat, mini-baccarat, Spanish 21, let it ride, casino war, big 6 wheel, Texas hold ‘em Bonus, ultimate Texas hold em, keno, and bingo.
The minimum gambling age for all casinos in Louisiana is 21, and it is 18 for pari-mutuel betting.
Louisiana state gaming laws require that casinos release the payback percentages for slot machines to the public. Click this link to see a full list of slot machine payback statistics for all Louisiana casinos.
NOTE: If you win a jackpot in a Louisiana casino of $1,200 or more, the casino will collect 6% of your winnings for the Louisiana Department of Revenue. The state allows you to try and file for a partial refund, to do so you must file a state income tax return. Depending on the details of your return, the state may refund some of the money to you. The $1,200 threshold also applies to any cash prizes won in tournaments or casino drawings.
Click here to visit our Baton Rouge casinos page for a full list of casinos in Baton Rouge.
Click here to visit our Lake Charles casinos page for a full list of casinos in Lake Charles.
Click here to visit our New Orleans casinos page for a full list of casinos in New Orleans.
Click here to visit our Shreveport casinos page for a full list of casinos in Shreveport.
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Shown below is a list of 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
- Golden Nugget Lake Charles
- 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 Hotel Baton Rouge
- L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles
- Margaritaville Resort Casino – Bossier City
- Paragon Casino Resort
- Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino Shreveport
- Treasure Chest Casino
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For more information on visiting Louisiana casinos, or for tourism information, call the state’s tourism department at (800) 633-6970 or visit www.louisianatravel.com
TOP THINGS TO DO IN LOUISIANA
The top tourist attraction in Louisiana is the City of New Orleans. It is known as the center of Creole culture and filled with magnificent things to try out. Another top city to visit in the state is the state capitol, Baton Rouge, where you can explore the old Capitol Building that is believed to be haunted. There are many historic landmarks and iconic buildings to explore in the state. Some of the best things to do in Louisiana are listed below.
Go sightseeing in New Orleans’ French Quarter
The French Quarter is the oldest and the most popular neighborhood in New Orleans. Here, magnificent buildings date back about 300 years and feature beautiful wrought-iron balconies which extend over the tourist-filled sidewalks. The French Quarter is a great place to go for dining, sightseeing, entertainment, and shopping. The area also hosts the annual Mardi Gras celebrations. The popular Bourbon Street area is usually crowded with tourists and live music while North Rampart Street is less crowded and filled with many historic buildings and good restaurants you can explore. You can head to Royal Street to enjoy iconic music from one of the many jazz clubs. Make sure not to miss Louis Armstrong Park while you are in the area. The park covers 31 acres of land and is dotted by fountains, trails, and a huge statue of the jazz legend, Louis Armstrong.
Experience the annual Mardi Gras celebration
This is one of the biggest events on the annual calendar throughout Louisiana and the biggest celebration takes place in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is a colorful event that is characterized by balls, parades, and street celebrations which will blow your mind. Although Mardi Gras is celebrated on Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the celebrations start the weekend before. This event attracts thousands of tourists and locals who want to participate in this celebration and watch over 1,000 floats go by on varieties of parade routes. The best place to go if you want to see the floats up close is at Mardi Gras World where you will get to watch as artists and craftsmen build them. If you want to get more insights about this popular fiesta, you can visit the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture which can be found in the southwestern part of the city.
Visit the Old State Capitol
This attraction is designed in Gothic-Revival-style and you will be amazed by the exterior and the interior of this building. The building features two huge towers at the main entrance while the roof is crenellated. The Old State Capitol is built on a hill which overlooks the Mississippi River in downtown Baton Rouge and it looks like an ancient castle. The building is a political history museum filled with documents, artifacts, and interactive exhibits that you can explore if you want to learn about the long history of the state. You can also get insight into the history and significance of the building by joining the Ghost of the Castle presentation. This is a 4-D experience hosted by the apparition of Sarah Morgan, a girl who lived during the Civil War, and whose parents donated the land the Capital is built on.
Learn at the Sci-Port Discovery Center
This is a science and entertainment center which features math, science, and space exhibits. The center can be found in Shreveport and is a popular, family-friendly attraction with a strong educational component including many interactive exhibits. The highlight of the center is the IMAX Dome Theatre and the laser SPACE DOME Planetarium. If you are with kids, you should make sure to explore the Power of Play Children’s Museum where kids are encouraged to learn through hands-on play.
Explore the Rosedown Plantation and Gardens
This is a state historic site which is among the most well preserved domestic Southern plantations. The plantation will give you the chance to get an insight into the lifestyles of both the plantation owners and slaves during the mid-19th century in the South. The gardens feature camellias, rare shrubs and trees, and azaleas. The garden was created by Daniel and Martha Turnbull in 1835 and the Turnbull family occupied this mansion for over 120 years.
Visit the National WWII Museum
This museum can be found in New Orleans and offers a detailed history of every aspect of the conflict from the ground war in Europe to the challenges of battles, both at sea and the air. This is a great place to go if you are a history lover. The Road to Berlin is among the most impactful exhibits in this museum as you will feel like you stepped back in history while watching the recreated battle zones completed with sights and sounds. Some of the other exhibits not to miss here detail the D-Day invasion of Normandy, and an exploration of the obstacles overcome by the Seabees and Merchant Marines that supported the troops. You are also going to see numerous exhibits like the personal stories and photos, and also a huge collection of artifacts such as shark-faced P-40 Warhawk and soldiers’ personal items.