Louisiana Sportsbooks to Draw More Than $2.5 Billion in Annual Wagering Once Market Matures

LAS VEGAS, June 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Louisiana will use rich natural advantages to one day transform into a sports betting market that will attract more than $2.5 billion in annual wagering and more than $200 million in operator revenue, according to estimates by PlayLouisiana.

"Louisiana should be able to outperform its relatively small population," said Eric Ramsey, analyst for the network, which includes "In fact, as a market Louisiana shares many of the same attributes that have made New Jersey and Nevada sports betting meccas. The state has long been home to a thriving casino industry, New Orleans itself can draw tourists from all over the country, and Louisiana is not bordered by another state that offers both retail and online sports betting."

Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to sign the bill that will legalize retail and mobile sports betting across the state. Currently, 21 states and Washington D.C. have an active legal sports betting industry in some form, and Louisiana would be joining nine other states that have approved sports betting in some form and are preparing for launch later this year or next.

With a population of more than 4.6 million people, Louisiana should generate $2.5 billion in retail and online sports wagering by the market’s third year, according to PlayLouisiana projections. Those wagers would produce $200 million in operator revenue. With a 15% levy on online bets and 10% rate on retail betting, online and retail sports betting would yield as much as $30 million in taxes annually.

Among states with an active sports betting industry, Louisiana most closely compares to Colorado, which is home to 5.8 million people. Colorado, which launched in May 2020, managed $2.3 billion in wagers and $147.4 million in gross gaming revenue in its first year.

Louisiana is a smaller state, but it has the potential to drive significantly more wagering than its population might suggest. One of those attributes includes the unique structure of Louisiana’s sports betting bill, which will allow thousands of sports wagering kiosks across most of the state. Its balanced tax rates will be appealing to operators, too.

"The basic framework will be appealing for sportsbook operators, and that will help the state reach its potential," said Dustin Gouker, lead analyst at "Even more, Louisiana set up a relatively open and competitive market, which benefits consumers while making the industry a reliable revenue producer for the state for years to come."

New Orleans is particularly appealing as a sports tourism market with fans regularly traveling from all over the country for special events in addition to regular season games. In addition, Louisiana’s neighbors will regularly travel across the border to place a bet.

The local sports scene is also robust, with an NFL and NBA franchise, five major college football programs, and 12 NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs calling Louisiana home.

"New Orleans is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the U.S., and the regular flow of tourists from neighboring large cities like Houston, and even a legal betting state such as retail-only Mississippi, should be a boon initially," Ramsey said. "Also, the state is home to passionate local fanbases, which is a help for any market. The bottom line is that most markets in the U.S. are without Louisiana’s collection of positive attributes."

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