Introduction to Louisiana Slot Machine Casino Gambling
Louisiana slot machine casino gambling consists of nineteen commercial casinos, four tribal casinos, and numerous small businesses across Louisiana.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Louisiana
The minimum legal gambling age in Louisiana depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 21
- Poker Rooms: 21
- Bingo: 18
- Lottery: 21
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
Louisiana has had a long history of illegal casinos, with the state alternating between raiding illegal casino operations and ignoring them. Eventually, pari-mutuel wagering received state-approval in the 1920s. Next, the collapse of the state’s oil-based industry in the 1980s led to the extended presence of legalized gambling.
Louisiana legalized riverboat casinos in 1991 along with the return of the state lottery. In 1992, an additional provision allowed a land-based casino in New Orleans.
In 1993, negotiations began to create state-tribal compacts with Louisiana’s three federally recognized American Indian tribes. A fourth American Indian tribe, federally recognized in 2002, also successfully negotiated a state-tribal compact.
In 1997, efforts by the three pari-mutuel racetracks to add slot machines to their facilities were successful. Later, a fourth track received similar approval.
Somewhat accidently, an ambiguous definition for “truck stops” in state gaming regulations allowed the addition and spread of video gaming devices (VGD), typically offering versions of video poker, at many small businesses throughout the state.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in Louisiana
In Louisiana, it is legal to own a slot machine privately if it is 25 years old or older.
Gaming Control Board in Louisiana
The Louisiana Gaming Control Board (LGCB) regulates the gaming industry in Louisiana.
The LGCB works closely with the Louisiana State Police’s Gaming Enforcement Division.
Casinos in Louisiana
Louisiana has 19 commercial casinos, four American Indian tribal casinos, and 12,000+ video gaming devices at 1,000+ small retail businesses in Louisiana.
The largest casino in Louisiana is Coushatta Casino Resort with 2,800 gaming machines.
The second-largest casino is Paragon Casino Resort with 2,200 gaming machines.
Commercial Casinos in Louisiana
There are 19 commercial casinos in Louisiana including:
- Amelia Belle Casino in Amelia, 79 miles west of New Orleans.
- Bally’s Shreveport, 217 miles west of Jackson, MS.
- Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge, 81 miles northwest of New Orleans.
- Boomtown Bossier City, 216 miles west of Jackson, MS.
- Boomtown New Orleans in Harvey, 11 miles south of New Orleans.
- Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel in Vinton, 140 miles northeast of Galveston, TX.
- Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel in Opelousas, 137 miles northwest of New Orleans.
- Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans.
- Golden Nugget Lake Charles, 162 miles northeast of Galveston, Texas.
- Harrah’s New Orleans Casino & Hotel.
- Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge, 83 miles northwest of New Orleans.
- Horseshoe Bossier City, 216 miles west of Jackson, MS.
- Horseshoe Casino Hotel Lake Charles, 163 miles northeast of Galveston, Texas – temporarily closed due to damage from Hurricane Laura in 2021.
- L’auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge, 75 miles northwest of New Orleans.
- L’auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, 163 miles northeast of Galveston, Texas.
- Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, 210 miles west of Jackson, Mississippi.
- Margaritaville Resort Casino Bossier City, 216 miles west of Jackson, Mississippi.
- Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino in Shreveport, 216 miles west of Jackson, Mississippi.
- Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner, 15 miles northwest of New Orleans.
Tribal Casinos in Louisiana
There are four tribal casinos in Louisiana including:
- Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, 199 miles west of New Orleans.
- Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel in Charenton, 117 miles west of New Orleans.
- Jena Choctaw Pines Casino in Dry Prong, 201 miles northwest of New Orleans.
- Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, 163 miles northwest of New Orleans.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying Louisiana slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering Louisiana is:
Each of the links above will take you to my blog for that neighboring U.S. state to Louisiana.
Our Louisiana Slots Facebook Community
Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts in Louisiana? If so, join our Louisiana slots community on Facebook. All you’ll need is a Facebook profile to freely join this closed Facebook Group community.
There, you can meet online and privately share your slots experiences with local slots enthusiasts about playing slot machines in Louisiana. Join us!
Theoretical Payouts and Return Statistics in Louisiana
Louisiana has theoretical payout limits for commercial casinos and business retailers with VGDs.
Louisiana’s theoretical payout limits are:
- Commercial casinos: 80% to 99.9%
- Retailer VGDs: 80% to 94%
The Louisiana State Police’s Gaming Enforcement Division offers monthly return statistics by slot machine denomination for four state regions at Slot Payout Summary.
These four state regions, with the casinos in each, are:
- Baton Rouge Region: Belle of Baton Rouge, Evangeline Downs, Hollywood, and L’auberge Baton Rouge.
- Lake Charles Region: Delta Downs, Golden Nugget, Isle of Capri, and L’Auberge Lake Charles.
- New Orleans Region: Amelia Belle, Boomtown New Orleans, Fair Grounds, Harrah’s, and Treasure Chest.
- Shreveport/Bossier Region: Boomtown Bossier, Eldorado, Harrah’s LA Downs, Horseshoe, Margaritaville, and Sam’s Town.
The latest return statistics are from October 2020 showing a state-wide return of 91.0% for all slot machine denominations. Each state region had the following player’s win percentages for all denominations:
- Baton Rouge Region: 90.5%
- Lake Charles Region: 93.8%
- New Orleans Region: 90.1%
- Shreveport/Bossier Region: 90.0%
- State-wide: 91.0%
The denominations with the highest or second-highest win percentages for each region were:
- Baton Rouge Region: $2 at 100.7% and $10 at 99.0%.
- Lake Charles Region: 5-cent at 95.1% and both $2 and $5 tied at 92.6%.
- New Orleans Region: $100 at 107.9% and $50 at 101.4%.
- Shreveport/Bossier Region: $25 at 107.9% and $2 at 94.0%.
Helpfully, these reports include the number of slot machines with each denomination but unfortunately not which specific casino they are at within a state region.
Player win percentages over 100% typically indicate a large jackpot for that slot machine denomination which significantly skewed the reported average.
Summary of Louisiana Slot Machine Casino Gambling
Louisiana slot machine casino gambling consists of 23 casinos of which four are tribal. Further, there are over 12,000 video gaming devices at over 1,500 small business retail locations.
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