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Explore the national and state-by-state impact of the casino gaming industry, as well as key regulatory and statutory requirements in each state.

  • Number of Casinos 25

  • Economic Impact $6.13 Billion

  • Jobs Supported 40,919

  • Tax Impact & Tribal Revenue Share $1.50 Billion

  • Gross Gaming Revenue $3.04 Billion

Size of circle indicates number of casinos in the area.

All location data is as of Dec. 31, 2019.

  • Number of Casinos 20

  • Economic Impact $4.91 Billion

  • Jobs Supported 32,717

  • Tax Impact $1.38 Billion

  • Gross Gaming Revenue $2.46 Billion (2019)

Size of circle indicates number of casinos in the area.

All location data is as of Dec. 31, 2019.

  • Number of Casinos 5

  • Economic Impact $1.22 Billion

  • Jobs Supported 8,202

  • Tax Impact & Tribal Revenue Share $120.5 Million

  • Gross Gaming Revenue $577.9 Million (2016)

Size of circle indicates number of casinos in the area.

All location data is as of Dec. 31, 2019.

Louisiana Gaming Control Board

7901 Independence Boulevard
Building A
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806
225-925-1846

Website

The responsibility for supervising the casino industry is divided between the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division and the Office of the Attorney General’s Gaming Division.

The Louisiana Gaming Control Board consists of nine members appointed by the governor. The board’s powers consist of licensing, enforcement and investigation of licensees operating under the Louisiana Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Control Act, the Louisiana Economic Development and Gaming Corporation Act, and the Video Draw Poker Devices Control Law. The board also oversees casino gaming on Indian lands as provided in the provisions of Act No. 888 (1990) and Act No. 817 (1993).

The gaming enforcement division works as the investigative arm of the Gaming Control Board. The division visits gaming entities and ensures compliance with gaming statutes. It also enforces general criminal laws to prevent dishonest practices or corruption in the casino sector, in addition to its main task of detecting administrative violations.

AVAILABLE GAMING LICENSES
Land-based Casino License
Riverboat Casino License
Racetrack Casino License
Manufacturer Permit
Gaming Supplier Permit
Non-Gaming Supplier Permit

For more information on available gaming licenses, see Regulatory Fact Sheet.

Louisiana has three compacted tribes: the Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, and the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana. The tribal-state compacts are substantially similar for all three tribes, with only minor differences in licensing fees.

The tribal gaming commission has the primary responsibility for the on-site regulation, control and security of the gaming operation.

The State of Louisiana has the limited authority to monitor and inspect the gaming operations to ensure that the gaming operation is conducted in compliance with the compact and applicable regulations.

Tribal compacts are effective for seven years, to be automatically extended seven more years unless the tribe or state provides written notice of non-renewal not less than 180 days prior to the expiration of the original term of the compact.

AVAILABLE GAMING LICENSES

Management Company License

Gaming Manufacturer and Supplier License

Non-Gaming Manufacturer and Supplier License

For more information on available gaming licenses, see Regulatory Fact Sheet.

 

RIVERBOAT CASINOS
21.5% on gaming revenue, with additional taxes and fees applied by local governments.

RACETRACK CASINOS
Effective tax rate of around 36% of gaming revenue.

LAND-BASED CASINOS
Either 21.5% on gaming revenue or an annual fee of $60 million, whichever is greater, plus rent and various other payments to local authorities.

TAX PROMOTIONAL CREDITS
Taxed as normal revenue

WITHHOLDINGS ON WINNINGS
6% on slot machine winnings over $1,200

TAX ALLOCATION
The state’s portion of gaming tax is allocated annually at the discretion of the state legislature. The tax is contributed to the State General Fund, public retirement systems, state capital improvements and the state’s rainy-day fund.

REVENUE SHARE
The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana must make annual payments to the local governments of Allen Parish and the Town of Elton in the annual amount of $7m. The Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe of Louisiana must contribute 6 percent of the net revenues from the conduct of Class III gaming to Avoyelles Parish. Lastly, the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana must contribute 6 percent of the net revenues from the conduct of Class III gaming to St. Mary Parish.

TAX PROMOTIONAL CREDITS
None

WITHHOLDINGS ON WINNINGS
Federal law may require tribal casinos to issue a W-2G form to persons and may withhold winnings if certain conditions are met.

STATE USE OF REVENUE
Local gaming communities use revenue to offset and defray expenses resulting from Class III gaming.

TRIBAL USE OF REVENUE
Requirements as described in IGRA.

STATUTORY FUNDING REQUIREMENT
1% of slot machine revenue, not to exceed $500,000 from each licensed facility

SELF-EXCLUSION
Yes. Minimum of five years

COMPLIMENTARY ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
Yes

ADVERTISING RESTRICTIONS
Exterior print advertising including, but not limited to, billboards, must display the toll-free telephone number.

ON-PREMISE DISPLAY REQUIREMENT
Signs displaying the toll-free number must be posted at each public entrance to the designated gaming area and at each public entrance into the casino.

AGE RESTRICTIONS
21+ years to gamble.
Persons under 21 years of age are not allowed to loiter in the gaming area.

STATUTORY FUNDING REQUIREMENT
None

SELF-EXCLUSION
Not outlined in the compact

COMPLIMENTARY ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
Yes

ADVERTISING RESTRICTIONS
None

ON-PREMISE DISPLAY REQUIREMENT
None

AGE RESTRICTIONS
An individual must be at least 21 years old to gamble at tribal casinos in Louisiana.

OPERATION ON HOLIDAYS
Yes

TESTING REQUIREMENTS
Slot machines in the state must be approved by independent gaming laboratories.

ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING REQUIREMENTS
Federal compliance requirements.

SHIPPING REQUIREMENTS
Must obtain express authorization from various Louisiana agencies before transporting gaming equipment.

RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS
None

CREDIT OFFERED TO PATRONS
Yes

TESTING REQUIREMENTS
None

ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING REQUIREMENTS
Federal compliance requirements under the Bank Secrecy Act.

SHIPPING REQUIREMENTS
Federal shipping requirements under the Johnson Act.

RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Yes

CREDIT OFFERED TO PATRONS
All Class III gaming must be on a cash or casino credit basis.

LEGAL SINGLE GAME SPORTS BETTING

In November 2020, a majority of voters in 55 parishes supported authorizing sports betting. Sports betting will be permitted within those parishes after state laws are passed providing for the regulation of the activity. The state legislature is required to enact legislation to implement sports wagering. Additional regulations are forthcoming.