May
20
2019

Which Forms of Gambling Are Legal in Louisiana?

Louisiana is known across the country for its great food, music and festivals. Louisiana is also known for its gambling. People come from across the South to enjoy the food in casino restaurants and to gamble on riverboats. While the Mississippi Gulf Coast has numerous casinos, almost all forms of gambling are illegal in neighboring Texas and Arkansas. This article provides a brief summary of gambling activities that are legal in Louisiana and those that are not.

Gambling in Louisiana is defined as “the intentional conducting, or directly assisting in the conducting, as a business of any game, context, lottery, or contrivance whereby a person risks the loss of anything of value in order to realize a profit.”

LEGAL GAMBLING IN LOUISIANA

Age restrictions: To participate in the state lottery or horse track betting you must be 18 years old. To gamble in a casino or on a video poker machine, you must be 21.

Casinos and Racetracks: Riverboat casinos are legal in Louisiana. “Riverboat” refers to anything floating in the water, which results in many riverboats consisting of large structures on anchored barges near the shore. A land-based casino is licensed by the state in the City of New Orleans and on Indian tribal land. Betting on horse races are legal but dog racing is illegal.

State lottery: The Louisiana Lottery began in 1991 and lottery proceeds are legislatively earmarked for improving Louisiana’s educational system. The Louisiana lottery includes numbers drawing, Power-ball, and scratch off tickets.

Video poker: Casinos and racetracks in the state have video poker machines, as do a number of restaurants, gas stations, bars and truck stops. In Louisiana, if a business has a liquor license, this license allows you to have up to three video gaming machines. Truck stops can operate more video poker machines depending on the amount of fuel they sell.

Social Gambling and Charitable Gambling: Social gambling (for recreational purposes and not for business purposes) such as pool games, personal bets or betting on sports is legal in Louisiana as long as nobody takes a “cut” or fee from managing the transaction (other than awards to the rightful winner). Certain gambling activities such as raffles, bingo and keno which are directly associated with charitable fund-raising for non-profit organizations is legal.

Commercial cruise ships in international waters: Gambling on commercial cruise ships that travel internationally (beyond 12 miles offshore) is legal.

Taxes: Any establishment that gives a one-time gambling award of $600 or more is required to report the winning, along with the recipient’s social security number, to the IRS and Louisiana Department of Revenue. Residents are required to report gambling revenue as taxable income on their federal and state tax returns.

ILLEGAL GAMBLING IN LOUISIANA

Dogfighting and gambling related to dogfighting: La. R.S. 14:102.5 makes it illegal to own, possess, keep or train a dog for the purpose of dogfighting or to possess any paraphernalia used in training dogs to fight. Violation for a first conviction results in a fine of up to $1000 and/or not more than one year imprisonment. A subsequent conviction results in a fine of up to $3000 and/or imprisonment of not more than three years.

Cockfighting and gambling related to cockfighting: La. R.S. 14:102.23 makes it unlawful for any person to organize or conduct any commercial or private cockfight where it is reasonably foreseeable that chickens would be injured. It is also unlawful to possess, train or purchase any chicken for cockfighting purposes. A first offense conviction results in a fine of up to $1000 and/or 6 months imprisonment. A second offense conviction results in a fine of up to $2000 and/or one year imprisonment. A third offense conviction results in a fine of up to $2000 and/or three years imprisonment.

State may seize property connected with illegal gambling: The state may seize any property connected with illegal gambling and upon conviction may sell the confiscated property at public auction.

Computer gambling: Gambling by computer is prohibited in Louisiana. Computer gambling is the conducting as a business of any game, context, lottery or other activity whereby a person risks the loss of anything of value in order to realize a profit when accessing the internet. A conviction results in a fine of $500 and/or up to 6 months imprisonment.

Gambling in public: Unauthorized gambling in public is specifically prohibited by statute. Violation results in a fine of $500 and/or up to 6 months imprisonment.

Underage gambling: It is unlawful for anyone under the age of 21 to play video poker devices or to gamble in a casino. It is unlawful for anyone under the age of 18 to participate in the state lottery or in horse track betting. Violations result in a fine of $500 and/or up to six months imprisonment.

By Attorney John W. Redmann

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May
12
2019

The Difference Between Online Gambling and Land-Based Gambling

In principle, both online gambling and land-based gambling are the same thing. In the widest sense, in both situations you gamble, and you can probably win or lose. However, that’s just about the only thing they have in common. The fight over which is better will start here. Many people are still arguing on both sides of the coin, though really, the battle has yet to stop. To understand their points of argumentation and, hopefully, get to have a side of your own, an objective analysis is important.

The Convenience

In gambling, convenience is of high importance. You are suppose to have fun, thus why would you want to complicate matters any longer? Complications relating to the need for convenience regrettably arise naturally in online or land-based gambling.

These complications, for land-based gambling, have to do with the truth that casinos and gambling sites which are land-based are far away from each other. Las Vegas is the place you may go if modern gambling is what you truly want. There are no other casinos that comes close, aside from Las Vegas. So there are many of disadvantages in land-based gambling in convenience.

Then again, it is a much more accessible and convenient, doing it online. There is no sign present that the internet is stopping short of offering you a pleasing gambling experience, and it is everywhere.

Experience the Richness

Land-based casinos assures a richness of experience that you cannot get elsewhere, if you can gain access to it. The moment you hold your cards while playing poker or when you look at the ball rolling about the roulette table or as you press the button in playing slots, the richness can be experienced. Also, you get to see your opponents face-to-face. Online casinos can never have a bit of this. Since your entirely by yourself, and you get connected with your opponents by means of a Chat function, there is one I assume.

Safety and Security Issues

Security and safety are big issues in both online and land-based gambling. In online gambling, trusting a banking option can be hard to do. Above that, an online casino may close in on you any minute since it may be unstable enough. If worse comes to worst, this can bring about situation which is problematic. Land-based gambling is said to be the same where gamblers, aggravated at their losing streaks, becoming violent is always a threat.

The Winning Potential

Online casinos must have a third-party software for you to be sure of its fairness. With it, an online gambling site can be ascertained whether or not it can be trusted. In fact, if it says it’s fair, then your probability to win in online gambling can be sure as the same as that in land-based.

Customer Relations

From online casino to online casino, customer relations is relative. There are some online casinos that treat their customers finely, while some the opposite. Land-based goes the same, where the value for customer differ from one gambling joint to anothe

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