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Mississippi Sports Betting

In 2017, Mississippi legalized Daily Fantasy Sports through the Fantasy Contest Act H 697. The state became one of the first jurisdictions in the US to have a regulated DFS market. Although this didn’t quite legalize sports betting at the time, the new legislation required a rewording of the state’s Gaming Control Act of 1972 which subsequently removed the prohibition of sports wagers from state law.

This left the door open for the state to launch sports betting in the event of the federal ban on it being lifted. That happened on May 14th, 2018, when the Supreme Court ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was unconstitutional following a legal challenge by the state of New Jersey.

Thanks to the legislation passed in 2017 and the establishment of a regulatory framework, Mississippi was in a position to launch its sports betting industry on August 1st, 2018.

Since then, the market has grown, but a legal requirement that all gamblers must be in a retail sportsbook to place a bet even when using a mobile sports betting app has seen the industry fail to live up to its potential.

Who regulates the Mississippi sports betting industry?

The Mississippi Gaming Commission regulates all sports wagering activity and is responsible for the issuance of licenses and ensuring that all sportsbooks operate within the state’s gambling rules and regulations.

Which legal sportsbooks are available in Mississippi?

There are currently 29 retail sportsbooks operating in the state’s casinos.

Below is a list of all 11 licensed sports betting operators and their casino locations.

William Hill

William Hill is the market leader in Mississippi with retail sportsbooks at 13 casinos in the state (15 if we count Caesars sportsbooks listed later).

  • 1st Jackpot Casino — Robinsonville 
  • Ameristar Casino — Vicksburg
  • Boomtown Casino — Biloxi
  • Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast — Bay Saint Louis
  • Hollywood Casino Tunica — Robinsonville
  • Island View Casino Resort — Gulfport
  • Isle of Capri Casino & Resort — Lula
  • Lady Luck Casino — Vicksburg
  • Palace Casino Resort — Biloxi
  • Silver Slipper Casino — Bay Saint Louis 
  • Treasure Bay Casino and Hotel — Biloxi
  • Trop Casino Greenville — Greenville
  • WaterView Casino and Hotel —Vicksburg

IGT

IGT provides the tech for the Sportsbook at Golden Moon Tribal Casino — Image credit: G S H / CC BY-NC 2.0

International Game Technology (IGT) provides the sports betting technology for three retail sportsbook in the state. These sportsbooks are branded by their hosting tribal casino.

The three locations are:

  • Bok Homa Casino — Heidelberg
  • Golden Moon Hotel & Casino — Philadelphia
  • Silver Star Casino — Philadelphia

BetMGM

MGM’s sports betting brand BetMGM operates two retail sportsbooks located in:

  • Beau Rivage Resort & Casino — Biloxi
  • Gold Strike Casino Resort — Robinsonville

BetAmerica/TwinSpires

BetAmerica, owned Churchill Downs Incorporated, will officially rebrand as TwinSpires in 2021. The brand currently operates two sportsbooks in Mississippi at the following locations:

  • Harlow’s Casino Resort — Greenville
  • Riverwalk Casino and Hotel — Vicksburg

Caesars by William Hill

Although technically under the William Hill umbrella, the sportsbooks at two of Caesars Mississippi hotels are classed as Caesars sportsbooks. They are located at:

  • Harrah’s Gulf Coast Caesars — Biloxi
  • Horseshoe Casino & Hotel Caesars — Robinsonville

FanDuel

One of the heavyweights in the US sports betting industry, FanDuel currently operates two retail sportsbooks in the state located at:

  • IP Casino Resort Spa — Biloxi
  • Sam’s Town Casino — Robinsonville

DraftKings

DraftKings has partnered with Scarlett Pearl Casino and Hotel in D’Iberville to run the brand’s only retail sportsbook in Mississippi.

Hard Rock Sportsbook

The Hard Rock Sportsbook is located at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Biloxi. This is the brand’s only hotel and casino in Mississippi.

Golden Nugget

The Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi is home to the Golden Nugget Sportsbook.

Foundation Gaming Group

Foundation Gaming Group is a gaming company that owns and runs several hotel and casino properties in Mississippi. The group runs a sportsbook based on William Hill technology in its Fitz Casino Hotel in Tunica.

MBC Sportsbook

MBC Sportsbook is the self-branded retail sports betting outlet at the Magnolia Bluffs Casino in Natchez.

Magnolia Bluffs Casino — Image credit: Edvance1957 / CC BY-SA 4.0

Mobile sports betting options in Mississippi

While mobile sports betting is technically legal in the state of Mississippi, current legislation requires that mobile bets can only be made when the player is in a retail sportsbook or on the hosting casino’s property.

There have been several attempts to introduce new legislation that will allow online sportsbook to offer services outside the confines of casino properties, but these have all been rebuffed by lawmakers.

The most recent bills to fail include

SB 2396 — this bill would have allowed all casino operators to open an online sportsbook.

SB 2732 — this bill proposed amending the existing legislation to include statewide mobile sports betting.

HB 1042 — similar to SB 2732, this bill proposed expanding existing legislation to include statewide access to mobile sports betting apps.

At present, only three casinos allow gamblers to make bets online in their retail sportsbooks.

These three are:

  • Silver Star Casino — Philadelphia
  • Bok Homa Casino — Heidelberg
  • Golden Moon Hotel & Casino — Philadelphia

Daily Fantasy Sports in Mississippi

While many other states were ignoring the potential of the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) industry, Mississippi moved to embrace it. In 2017, the Fantasy Contest Act H697 was approved by both chambers and then signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant.

DFS operators must pay a licensing fee of $5,000 every three years while tax on adjusted gross revenue is set at 8%.

There are five apps currently available to use in Mississippi:

  • FanDuel
  • DraftKings
  • FantasyDraft
  • Draft
  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Sports

Mississippi sports betting frequently asked questions

  • How old do you have to be to place bets at a Mississippi sportsbook?

    Gamblers must be 21 years of age or older to place a bet at any retail sportsbook in Mississippi.

  • Is mobile sports betting available in Mississippi?

    Yes, but mobile sports betting is limited to casino properties. There are currently only three casinos providing this service.

  • What sports can you bet on in Mississippi?

    You can place bets on all major professional sports along with collegiate sports and Olympic events. There is no exclusion for Mississippi-based college sports.

  • How old do you have to be to play Daily Fantasy Sports in Mississippi?

    Unlike some other states where the legal age for DFS contests is 18, players in Mississippi must be 21 or older.

  • Are there any sports betting websites in Mississippi?

    No, there are no sports betting websites that are licensed to operate in the state.