New Orleans Casino Guide

Types of Casinos in New Orleans

There are three types of casinos in New Orleans: two riverboat casinos, one pari-mutuel casino, and one land-based casino. There are some differences between the three types of casinos and that is explained below.

Riverboat Casinos in New Orleans

In 1991, Louisiana was the fourth state to approve riverboat casinos and its gaming law allows a maximum of 15 riverboat casinos statewide. All Louisiana riverboat casinos must remain dockside and they are not allowed to cruise. 

There are two riverboat casinos in New Orleans and both offer electronic gaming machines, as well as a variety of table games. 

Pari-Mutuel Casinos in New Orleans

There is one New Orleans casino that is located at a horseracing track. That pari-mutuel casino, Fair Grounds Race Course, only offers slot machines. It does not have any table games, nor does it have any video poker games.

Land-Based Casinos in New Orleans

Louisiana law allows for one land-based casino in New Orleans. That casino is Harrah's located in downtown New Orleans near the waterfront and just a few blocks from Bourbon Street. That casino offers electronic gaming machines, as well as an assortment of table games. 

Gambling Laws in New Orleans

Gaming regulations re­quire that gaming machines at all (non-Indian) New Orleans casinos be programmed to pay back no less than 80% and no more than 99.9%.  The payback percentages for slot machines at all New Orleans casinos, as well as all Louisiana casinos, are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all New Orleans casinos.  

If you happen to win a jackpot of $1,200 or more in a Louisiana casino, the casino will withhold 6% of your winnings for the Louisiana Department of Revenue. You may get some of that money refunded, by filing a state income tax return. Depending on the details of your return, you may get some of the money back. The $1,200 limit would also apply to any cash prizes won in casino drawings and/or tournaments.

The minimum gambling age is 21 for all casinos in New Orleans and 18 for pari-mutuel betting.

List of Casinos in New Orleans

Shown below is a list of all New Orleans casinos. Click on a name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.

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For more information on visiting New Orleans casinos, or for general tourism information, call the city’s tourism department at (504) 566-5011 or visit their website at www.neworleanscvb.com.