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Mississippi Sports Betting UpdatesThere’s legal sports betting available in the state of Mississippi, however it's limited because you need to be physically at a casino to bet online or on your mobile phone. That won't be changing in 2022, either, after four bills aimed at legalizing online sports betting died in committee.
Mississippi Sportsbook Locations
Mississippi launched legal and regulated sports betting in August 2018. Online betting is legal in Mississippi, but the caveat is that you have to be at a casino. There was hope that would change in 2022, but four bills aimed at legalizing online sports betting died in committee. One of them was a bill introduced by House member Cedric Burnett introduced a bill, H.B. 184, in early January that would allow operators to “accept wagers placed from sports pool wagering accounts through digital platforms, provided such wagers are initiated, received and made within Mississippi."
The bill, however, didn't even make it to a vote because of opposition from land-based casinos.
As we mentioned, the only way for someone to wager in Mississippi is to go visit one of the MS 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. At this time there are no online sportsbooks in the state and won't be in 2022.
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. That won't change in 2022 because the latest legislation, H.B. 184, died (along with four other similar bills) in committee. Mississippi’s legislature attempted to legalize mobile sports wagering outside of casinos in 2019, but the bill also 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. What's more, neighboring states like Louisiana have already legalized online betting, so Mississippi will try not to fall behind further.
Mississippi Sportsbooks and Their Partners
|Grand Sierra||Approved||William Hill|
|IP Casino||Approved||B Connected|
|Boomtown Casino||Approved||Penn National|
|Golden Moon||Approved||PRR Sports|
|Golden Nugget||Approved||Golden Nugget|
|Hollywood Casino||Approved||Penn National|
|Isle of Capri||Awaiting||TBD|
|Scarlet Pearl||Approved||DraftKings Sportsbook|
|Silver Star||Approved||PRR Sports|
What to Consider When Choosing Mississippi Betting Sites
Sports betting sites are not accessible within the state, though that might change in 2022. For now, 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, APRIL vs. MARCH
|Change||Down 25.9%||Up 4.1%|
Updated May 26
Gambling in Mississippi Timeline
2022House member Cedric Burnett introduces H.B. 184, which would allow mobile betting anywhere in the state, as opposed to solely on casino properties.
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.
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 offer regulated wagering at its casinos.
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.
The Mississippi Gaming Commission finally assumes its intended role and regulates gaming within the state.
The first bingo hall that’s regulated by the state of Mississippi opens its doors for business in October.
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.
Mississippi lawmakers decide to allow gaming aboard cruise ships as long as the ships were also passing to or from international waters.
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.