During our informative episode about gaming in Louisiana, we were fortunate to be joined by Dale Hall, chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. Gaming is a significant part of the Louisiana tourism industry and the Louisiana economy as a whole.
Gambling is illegal in Louisiana, but gaming is legal. The distinction between the two is something that often causes confusion, but state and federal laws delineate which activities fall within (and outside of) the law.
The Louisiana Gaming Control Board regulates all gaming activities in Louisiana. Dale Hall talked with us about trends concerning video poker, the legal age for gaming (21), the use of illegal machines by bars or restaurants and other issues that impact the Louisiana gaming industry. Of particular note, Mr. Hall noted that it is illegal to go online to bet money. Given the scale of online poker sites and other online gambling sites, it is important for gamblers to understand that they may be exposing themselves to criminal sanctions under federal and/or state laws.
Gambling Addiction is a serious and very real problem. If you or somebody you know has a gambling problem, contact Gamblers Anonymous via their New Orleans hotline at (504) 431-7867, or visit them online at GamblersAnonymous.org.
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