Poker is legal at casinos and even social poker is not frowned upon in the Bayou State.
However, the most visible of all Louisiana’s gambling types is Video Poker. Widely and readily available in casinos and racetracks as well as restaurants, gas stations, bars and truck stops throughout the state, Video Poker is easily the most accessible form of gambling in Louisiana. According to Louisiana video poker laws, any business that has a liquor license can operate up to three Video Poker machines.
As of August 2017, a new Louisiana state law went into effect which loosened the state’s gambling regulations on Video Poker machines. Video Poker machines across Louisiana were upgraded to accept bills as large as $100. This was a big jump from the previous state government restriction that kept the machines from accepting bills larger than $20.
Curiously, while video poker is legal to some limited extent, playing poker online in Louisiana is still prohibited.
Social poker games are tolerated in Louisiana, although no specific laws cover social gaming in practice.
Complementing the cutting-edge video poker laws nicely, there are dedicated poker rooms in the Louisiana State area at some of the Tribal, Commercial and Riverboat casinos (a total of 11 Poker Rooms in the State) that are offering poker. Player vs Player poker options are available and there are many dedicated card rooms on Tribal territory.
Online Poker Laws
Online poker is unavailable in Louisiana at this time, due to the laws deeming online poker to be illegal in the state. See section above on ‘Online Casinos in Louisiana’.