Mississippi Sports Betting 2020

Last Updated: Apr 20th, 2020
There’s legal sports betting available in the state of Mississippi. All you have to do is go to a sportsbook to wager on sports in-person or via a mobile device while located on the property of the best casinos in Mississippi.

Mississippi Sportsbook Locations

Mississippi launched legal and regulated sports betting in August 2018. The law makes it legal to bet on sports in-person at licensed casinos that accept wagers in the state. In Mississippi, sports betting is only available to those 21 years of age or older.

The sports wagering law that changed the nature of gaming in the state put the regulatory responsibility on the Mississippi Gaming Commission. This agency is already in charge of regulating various legal gaming activities in the state.

Right now, the only way for someone to wager in Mississippi is to go visit one of the state’s physical sportsbooks. Bets can be placed on sports in-person at these locations or through the use of a mobile app while located anywhere on the property.

According to the state’s current laws, any type of legal gaming must happen while at licensed locations. Although some in Mississippi’s legislature has attempted to legalize mobile sports wagering outside of casinos in 2019, the bill died without even receiving a hearing.

The current limitations to mobile sports betting that exist in Mississippi may change in the near future as the state’s current sports betting law is going to be much less profitable than if any adult located in the state could wager on sports from their smartphone.

Is Sports Betting Legal In Mississippi?

Yes, but according to the state’s current laws, any type of legal gaming must occur at the licensed locations. Although some in Mississippi’s legislature attempted to legalize mobile sports wagering outside of casinos in 2019, the bill died without receiving a hearing.

The current limitations to mobile sports betting that exist in Mississippi may change in the near future as the state’s current sports betting law is much less profitable than if eligible sports bettors could place bets from their smartphones.

Mississippi Sportsbooks and Their Partners

LocationLicensePartner Brand
Beau RivageApprovedplayMGM
Grand SierraApprovedWilliam Hill
Gold StrikeApprovedplayMGM
Sam’s TownApprovedplayMGM
IP CasinoApprovedB Connected
Ameristar CasinoApprovedTBD
Boomtown CasinoApprovedPenn National
Diamond JacksApprovedTBD
Golden MoonApprovedPRR Sports
Golden NuggetApprovedGolden Nugget
Hollywood CasinoApprovedPenn National
Magnolia BluffsApprovedTBD
Island ViewApprovedTBD
Isle of CapriAwaitingTBD
Lady LuckAwaitingTBD
Treasure BayApprovedTBD
Palace CasinoApprovedTBD
Riverwalk CasinoApprovedTBD
Scarlet PearlApprovedDraftKings Sportsbook
Tunica RoadhouseAwaitingTBD
Silver SlipperApprovedTBD
Silver StarApprovedPRR Sports

What to Consider When Choosing Mississippi Betting Sites

Remember, you can only place bets from the brick-and-mortar casinos in Mississippi, but there are things you should look for when deciding where to place your bets:

  • Free Bets, Bonuses & More
    You can get free bets and bonuses in Mississippi at the casinos. You will likely receive bonuses just for signing up. Bettors will usually receive promo codes once they sign up.
  • Sports and Odds
    Once you’re in a casino in Mississippi, the first thing you should do is make sure it offers the sports and events you want to bet on. The NFL is always offered, but what about international soccer or horse racing? After finding what you want to bet on, take a look at how generous the odds are. You can research this at an odds comparison site and see how they rate against other casinos.
  • User Experience
    Some companies are concerned about user experience, while others aren’t. It’s the same with casinos. Check out the sportsbooks available in Mississippi casinos to see which ones appeal to you.

Latest Mississippi Sports Betting Numbers

MISSISSIPPI SPORTS BETTING HANDLE, MARCH vs FEB.

MarchFebruaryChange
Central Casinos$1.623M$4.302M-62.3%
Coastal Casinos$6.602M$22.525M -70.7%
Northern Casinos$2.524$7.636M -66.9%
Total$10.749M$34.463M -68.8%

MISSISSIPPI YEAR-OVER-YEAR HANDLE MARCH '20 vs. MARCH '19

March ’20March ‘19Change
Central Casinos$1.623M$4.711M -65.5%
Coastal Casinos$6.602M$18.502M -64.3%
Northern Casinos$2.524M$9.207M -72.6%
Total$10.749M$32.421 -66.8%

Updated April 20

LATEST NEWS: Mississippi Sports Betting Handle Falters in March



Gambling in Mississippi Timeline

2018

Mississippi starts to offer sports betting in August. Although the law does permit sports betting, it only permits sports bets made in-person at licensed locations or bets that are made with apps on mobile devices while located at those locations.

2017

The state repeals the part of the law which prohibits sports betting but waits on the Supreme Court to remove the final barrier it has to offering regulated wagering at its casinos.

2014

Mississippi’s house gaming Committee creates the Internet Gaming Taskforce. The taskforce investigates online gaming for a fact-finding mission, finding that there are many issues that keep sports betting from being an attractive offering in the state.

1993

The Mississippi Gaming Commission finally assumes its intended role and regulates gaming within the state.

1992

The first bingo hall that’s regulated by the state of Mississippi opens its doors for business in October.

1990

In June, Mississippi legalizes dockside casino gambling after the state’s legislature passes a bill that establishes the Mississippi Gaming Commission to regulate dockside casinos.

1989

Mississippi lawmakers decide to allow gaming aboard cruise ships as long as the ships were also passing to or from international waters.

1795

The Fleetfield Race Track in Natchez was completed when it was still a Spanish territory. Going to the racetrack and betting on the horses was part of Mississippi even before it was a state in the union.