Louisiana has several casinos. There are no specific casino towns as most are spread out across the state. The most popular casino is located in Harrah’s New Orleans, located in downtown. Unlike most large casinos, there is no hotel at Harrah’s New Orleans. The lack of a hotel is mandated by its gaming license.
Is Online Poker Legal in Louisiana?
There is a law in Louisiana that specifically addresses online gambling. The crime of “Gambling by Computer” is committed by a player by using money to play any game of chance over the Internet. Gambling by Computer is a misdemeanor. A player may face a fine of up to $500 and up to six months in jail. No player has ever been convicted of this crime.
A company that provides Louisiana residents with online gambling is guilty of a felony. An operator faces fines of up to $20,000 and up to five years in prison. No operator has been found guilty of this crime, although Louisiana tried to use this law to extradite Peter Dicks of Sporting Bet PLC. The extradition failed, even though the subject of the warrant was in New York at the time.
Where Can You Play Online Poker in Louisiana?
There are still several online poker rooms that accept players from Louisiana. Since it is specifically a crime to play in Louisiana then we do not recommend making a deposit at one of these rooms.
There may be good news in the future as the state is currently studying the impact that legalized online gambling would have in the state. Considering the success of racetracks, casinos and video poker in many counties, Louisiana already knows the revenue that may be generated by expanding gambling to the Internet.
Where Can You Play Live Poker in Louisiana?
Horseshoe (Bossier City) – Horseshoe is a Caesars Entertainment property that operates 14 tables. Horseshoe specializes in No Limit Texas Hold’em. There is also Fixed Limit Hold’em and Omaha High/Low available. There are three weekly No Limit Texas Hold’em tournaments.
Coushatta (Kinder) – Coushatta is the largest poker room in Louisiana. It offers 23 tables. Players will find a wide range of games, including Texas Hold’em and Omaha. There are five weekly No Limit Texas Hold’em tournaments.
Cypress Bayou (Charenton) – Cypress Bayou spreads nine tables and offers mostly Texas Hold’em in both no limit and fixed limit form. There are also two weekly tournaments with a $40 buyin and a rebuy and add-on.
Boomtown (New Orleans) – Boomtown is located on the West Bank of New Orleans. The seven table poker room spreads No Limit and Fixed Limit Texas Hold’em, as well as Omaha High/Low. There are two weekly $35 No Limit Texas Hold’em tournaments. They are held on Wednesday and Thursday. The Thursday event has a $1,000 guaranteed prize pool.
Harrah’s (New Orleans) – Harrah’s is located in downtown New Orleans just a couple of blocks from the Mississippi River. Players will find Fixed Limit and No Limit Texas Hold’em, as well as Pot Limit Omaha and Omaha High/Low. There are two weekly $120 No Limit Texas Hold’em tournaments. The World Series of Poker Circuit stops at Harrah’s New Orleans once a year.
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