Keep a close eye on the state of Mississippi. As we know, Mississippi has had sports betting for a long time and was actually one of the states that moved the quickest after PASPA was overturned in May 2018. The first wagers in Mississippi were actually placed on August 1 of that year, so this is a state that mobilized very quickly.
Unfortunately, as of March 2020, Mississippi was still only taking retail wagers. There are more than 20 casinos that take bets from the Gulf Coast to Tunica. There are also several different operators in the state of Mississippi. There are plenty of options and a lot of these towns are either tourist destinations or border other states like Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Tennessee.
There are tribal casinos and corporate casinos in the state that accept sports wagers. Unlike some of the other states that have adopted sports betting legislation, betting on Mississippi-based college teams like Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Southern Miss are all allowed. The betting board is basically unfettered in the state of Mississippi.
How Do I Bet on Sports in Mississippi?
As mentioned, unfortunately, retail only wagering is accepted at this point in time. The state has, however, shown that it can handle mobile wagering because there are a few sportsbooks that allow mobile wagering on the premises. That could be the gateway that Mississippians need in order to be able to make their bets from just about anywhere. The PRRSports app for the Pearl River Resort casinos are the ones that have the mobile capability on the premises.
In total, there are 29 sportsbooks operating in the state of Mississippi. There are 11 different operators in Mississippi. They are BetAmerica, Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, Foundation Gaming Group, Golden Nugget, Hard Rock, IGT, MBC Sportsbook, BetMGM, and William Hill.
Bets can be placed at these sportsbooks:
Bay St. Louis
Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast (William Hill)
Silver Slipper Casino (WH)
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (BetMGM)
Boomtown Casino (WH)
Golden Nugget (Golden Nugget)
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Hard Rock)
Harrah’s Gulf Coast (Caesars)
IP Casino Resort Spa (FanDuel)
Palace Casino Resort (WH)
Treasure Bay Casino and Hotel (WH)
Scarlett Pearl Casino and Hotel (DraftKings)
Harlow’s Casino Resort (BetAmerica)
Trop Casino Greenville (WH)
Bok Homa Casino (IGT)
Isle of Capri Casino & Resort (WH)
Magnolia Bluffs Casino (MBC)
Golden Moon Hotel & Casino (I)
Silver Star Casino (I)
1st Jackpot Casino (WH)
Fitz Casino Hotel (Foundation Gaming Group)
Gold Strike Casino Resort (BetMGM)
Hollywood Casino Tunica (WH)
Horseshoe Casino & Hotel (C)
Sam’s Town (FD)
Ameristar Casino (WH)
Lady Luck Casino (WH)
Riverwalk Casino and Hotel (BA)
WaterView Casino and Hotel (WH)
Considering that most of the population centers in Mississippi are pretty close to these locations or are these locations, there hasn’t been a huge need to adopt more mobile and online wagering capabilities, but it could still be coming sometime soon. If it does, Mississippi would see a big spike in handle and likely see more investment from neighboring states that would just have to go across the border to place their bets. A bill was introduced in January 2020 and got passed over by some more pressing matters, but 2021 could be a good year for mobile and online wagering in a lot of states, including Mississippi.
No matter what, Mississippi has tons of wagering options and different operators for those willing to make the trips to the different places to get their bets in.