If you are at all familiar with the cultural regions of the United States, you are likely well-aware of the fact that states in the south, especially in the deep south, are some of the more conservative. Though the term “conservative” can mean a lot of different things, one thing it almost always means is that there is a no-tolerance policy when it comes to casino gambling. If you take a look at Kentucky, for instance, you will see that their overarching conservative views have prevented casino-style gambling from existing for as long as the state has.
At first glance, you might think Louisiana is similar to Kentucky, but the fact of the matter is that nothing could be further from the truth. There are plenty of casinos in the State of Louisiana. This is great because, unlike other states, you will not only find casinos in the big population centers. All corners of the state have accessible gambling options, and this page is going to tell you a little bit more about them and how they came to be.
Belle of Baton Rouge
Boomtown Bossier City
Boomtown New Orleans
Coushatta Casino Resort
Cypress Bayou Casino
Diamond Jacks Casino Bossier City
Eldorado Casino Shreveport
Fair Grounds Race Course
Flamingo Casino New Orleans
Golden Nugget Lake Charles
Harrah’s Lake Charles
Harrah’s Louisiana Downs
Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge
Horseshoe Casino Bossier City
Isle of Capri Casino Lake Charles
Jena Choctaw Pines Casino
L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles
L’Auberge Casino Baton Rouge
Margaritaville Resort Casino
Paragon Casino Resort
River City Casino
Sam’s Town Shreveport
Showboat Star Casino
Treasure Chest Casino
Louisiana Tribal/Native American Casinos
Tribal, or Native American, casinos are those that are owned and operated by Native American tribes and are most often located on land owned by those tribes. Thanks to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, Native Americans are allowed to own and operate casinos so long as they come to an agreement to be able to do so with the state in which they are located.
In Louisiana, it took a few years, but in the early 1990s tribes were able to come to an agreement with the state and soon thereafter the first tribal casinos opened. At these casinos, anything from slots to table games, and just about everything in between, is able to be played.
As their name implies, riverboat casinos are those located on boats that are situated on a body of water. In Louisiana, you will find that most riverboat casinos are located on the Eastern side of the state on the Mississippi or close to some of the many lakes throughout the state. Even though they are referred to as riverboat casinos, many of them exist on lakes.
A recurring theme is that the type of casinos are often self-explanatory, and land-based casinos offer no exception. As their name implies, they are casinos that exist on land somewhere in the state of Louisiana. They are like tribal and riverboat casinos in that any and every type of casino game can be played there, but are unlike tribal casinos in that there is not necessarily any special ownership involved.
Louisiana Gambling History
Being predominately inhabited by French settlers prior to being set aside and established as a US state, Louisiana was home to hundreds upon hundreds of private gaming establishments. Though the earliest of these sites do not even come close to matching the glamour of today’s modern casinos, they did have just as much, if not more, action. After some time, however, things in Louisiana and the rest of the Southern United States began to get a little bit shaky as far as gambling was concerned.
By the mid 19th century, lotteries were all the rage in places like Louisiana, Kentucky, Alabama, and almost every other Southern state. Unfortunately, it did not take very long for many of these lotteries to grow incredibly illicit. In fact, the problem became so big that lotteries were outlawed in the state of Louisiana altogether by the turn of the 20th century.
For almost the entirety of the 1900s, the only type of gambling you were able to find in Louisiana was of the pari-mutuel variety, which involves horse and dog race betting. This remained the case until 1991, when state lawmakers created gambling licenses for 15 riverboat casinos. These new gambling sites were an immediate hit and were said to have given a boost to the Louisiana tourism industry when it needed it most.
Realizing the quick success of the riverboat establishments, it took only a few years for lawmakers to move to grant licenses to a handful of land-based casinos and then, shortly thereafter, tribal casinos as well. Nowadays, Louisiana exists as a bit of a gambling mecca that not many people are entirely aware of. This is likely due to the fact that people think of the South as being entirely restrictive when it comes to casino gambling. Because of the extreme success of many of the state’s casinos, experts theorize that Louisiana is soon going to see even more brick and mortar casinos be established across all areas of the state.