(Population of 4.65 million as of 2014)
It may come as a surprise to you to learn that the Bayou State, one of seven states that currently bans iGaming, was one of 10 states that kicked off 2014 by considering an online gambling bill.
According to Renita D. Young of NOLA.com and The Time Picayune, Ronnie Jones, Assistant Attorney General Leonce Gautreaux, and Major Mike Noel of the Louisiana State Police Gaming Division gave a presentation to the Louisiana Legislature earlier this year and presented an Internet Gaming Briefing, which you can view by clicking here.
The presentation was a result of State Rep. Mike Huval’s March 2013 request for a House Concurrent Resolution to study iGaming implications in the state.
"The players who do so, play at their own risk,” said Jones, chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. “They're playing anyway, but it's not regulated by the government, it's not sanctioned by the government or taxed by the state … The gaming board has no position on legalizing Internet gaming. We're neither for it or against it. Only the legislature can change the law.”
A bill has yet to be introduced to the legislature, but all signs point to Louisiana — which is home to more than 20 casinos — wanting a piece of the iGaming pie. A few more dominoes may have to fall before significant movement happens, but in the meantime look for the state’s once strict stance of iGaming to soften.
In February 2014, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal published an op-ed online in the Business Report coming out against online gaming, promising he would not expand gambling in the state and saying that it’s “impossible to implement responsible gambling protocol in an internet gambling environment.”
Jindal also expressed support for RAWA in an official letter while in office.
Then, in December of 2016, Louisiana Attorney General Bill Schuette signed a letter asking Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump to reconsider the current interpretation of the Wire Act.
Thus, even though the conversation has continued regarding online gaming, it looks like the battle has begun.