Those who wish to play casino games in the south of the US may well think about heading to the state of Louisiana, where you can find not only normal casinos but also horse racing tracks and the racinos which accompany them. This was only the fourth state to approve riverboat casinos, back in 1991, and the year after that a single land based casino was approved to go into the city of New Orleans, along with some Native American casinos which are located on reservation land. This is the kind of place where you will have a one of a kind experience, with Cajun food and Creole music accompanying you as you head to the casino after your swamp tours.

There was of course a lot of damage done to many of the coastal or riverboat casinos after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana and devastated large swathes of land, and particularly New Orleans. Many venues are reopened now and those that are not are still planning to in most cases, so you will find that there are plenty of opportunities to gamble here once more – and indeed you should try to take advantage of local business as much as possible, to try to help those which have not yet recovered get back on their feet.

The casino venues which you will find available here are the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, with more than nine hundred casino games on offer altogether; Bally’s Belle of Orleans, with around one thousand two hundred and fifty games; Boomtown Casino Bossier City, which has a little under one thousand three hundred games; Boomtown Casino West Bank, with over one thousand five hundred games; Carnival Club; Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge, with around one thousand one hundred games; Crescent City Casino with just fifty slots; Cypress Bayou Casino with one thousand, two hundred and forty six games; Grand Casino Coushatta with an impressive list of nearly three thousand three hundred; Harrah’s Casino Lake Charles with one thousand four hundred and fifty; Harrah’s New Orleans Casino with more than two thousand six hundred; Hollywood Casino Shreveport with around one thousand five hundred; the Horseshoe Casino and Hotel Bossier City at about one thousand six hundred and fifty; Diamond Jacks Hotel and Casino with more than two thousand two hundred games; Isle of Capri Casino Lake Charles with just under two thousand; L’Auberge du Lac Hotel and casino with more than three thousand  three hundred games; Lucky Longhorn Casino with fifty slots; Paragon Casino Resort; Poker Palace Casino; Sam’s Town Shreveport; The Quarters Casino and Restaurant; and Treasure Chest Casino.

As for horse tracks and racinos, there are only five to keep track of here. There is the Delta Downs Racetrack and Casino, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, the Evangeline Downs, the Evangeline Downs Casino, and the Fair Grounds Race Course, all of which offer the chance to watch some great racing and place some bets on those races, as well as some big cup races at certain points.