TYPES OF LOUISIANA CASINOS
There are three types of Louisiana casinos: Indian casinos, riverboat casinos, and one land-based casino.
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.
There are also three land-based Indian casinos in Louisiana, plus 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 Louisiana casinos are open 24 hours.
Gaming regulations require that gaming machines at all Louisiana non-Indian 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%.
The payback percentages for slot machines at all casinos in Louisiana are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all Louisiana casinos.
NOTE: If you happen to win a jackpot of $1,200 or more at a Louisiana casino, 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 Louisiana casinos offer: blackjack, craps, roulette, slots, video poker, three card poker and Mississippi stud. Optional games include: Spanish 21, baccarat, mini-baccarat, poker, Caribbean stud poker, pai gow poker, let it ride, casino war, four card poker, big 6 wheel, keno, Texas hold ‘em Bonus, ultimate Texas hold em and bingo. The minimum gambling age is 21 for casino gaming and 18 for pari-mutuel betting.
To see a list of all casinos in Baton Rouge, be sure to visit our Baton Rouge casinos page.
To see a list of all casinos in Lake Charles, be sure to visit our Lake Charles casinos page.
To see a list of all casinos in New Orleans, be sure to visit our New Orleans casinos page.
To see a list of all casinos in Shreveport, be sure to visit our Shreveport casinos page.
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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 the state of Louisiana can be found close to New Orleans and it is also 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 also numerous landmarks and iconic buildings to explore in the state. Some of the best things to do in Louisiana are listed below.
Go sightseeing at the New Orleans’ French Quarter
The French Quarter is the oldest and the most popular neighborhood in New Orleans. This magnificent building dates back to about 300 years ago and features numerous wrought-iron balconies which extend to the tourist-filled sidewalks. The French Quarter is a great place to go for dining, sightseeing, entertainment, and shopping and the area also host the annual Mardi Gras celebrations. The popular area is Bourbon Street which is usually crowded with tourists and live music while North Rampart Street is less crowded and filled with lots of historic buildings and good restaurants that you can explore. You can head to the Royal Street to enjoy melodious music from one of the Jazz clubs. You should make sure you do not miss the Louis Armstrong Park while you are in the area. The park covers 31 acres of land and it is dotted by fountains, trails, and a huge statue of Jazz legend Louis Armstrong.
Experience the annual Mardi Gras
This is one of the biggest event on the annual calendar in Louisiana and this celebration takes place in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is a colorful event that is characterized by balls, parade, and street celebrations which will blow your mind. Although Mardi Gras is celebrated on Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the celebrations start on the weekend till Tuesday. This event attracts lots of tourists and locals that 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 the 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 which can be found in the southwestern part of the state.
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 old castle. The building is a political history museum and it is 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 an insight into the history and significance of the building by joining the Ghost of the Castle presentation, this is a 4-D experience which will be hosted by the apparition of Sarah Morgan.
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 it is a famous family-friendly attraction with a strong educational component and houses lots of 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 you explore the Power of Play Children’s Museum where your kids will be encouraged to learn through hands-on play.
Explore the Rosedown Plantation and Gardens
This is a state historic site which is popularly known to be 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. You are going to find camellias, rare shrubs and trees, azaleas on the plantation here. 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 it offers a detailed history of every aspect of the conflict from the ground war in Europe to the challenges of the battle 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 step back in history while watching the recreated battle zones completed with sights and sounds. Some of the other exhibits not to miss here details about the D-Day invasion of Normandy, exploration of the obstacles overcome by the Seabees and Merchant Marines that supports the troops, and so on. 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.