Online Betting in
Mississippi

The history of gambling in Mississippi is almost as old as the state itself, so it comes as no surprise that the Magnolia State was one of the first states to legalise sports betting again in 2018.

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Limited Online Sports Betting Legal in Mississippi

ONLINE SPORTS BETTING IN MISSISSIPPI

Mississipi is a little, complicated... when it comes to sports betting!

Officially it is possible to legally bet online in the Magnolia State. However, it has to be on the premises of a land or water-based casino.

This does defeat the point of online and mobile sports betting, and we don’t expect this to last.

We imagine that this legislation is an attempt by the state to retain some form of control over the betting situation in the state.

It also protects the casinos who are well established there, ensuring that new online sportsbooks don’t come and steal customers.

Frequently asked questions about sports betting in MS

NV is the heart of gambling in the US, but online sports betting is still relatively new. Here is what you need to know:

What Casinos have sportsbooks in Mississippi?

There are 23 sportsbooks in Mississippi including the Beau Rivage. They are both land and water-based locations. You can find the full list above.

Can you bet online in Mississippi?

Yes, but Mississippi is a bit of a betting paradox. You are allowed to bet online, but only on the premises of land or water-based casino or sportsbook in the state. We do believe the legislation will change either in 2019 or 2020 to allow for online and mobile sports betting.

Can you bet on horse racing in Mississippi?

Yes. You can bet on horse racing in Mississippi at any of the states land or water-based sportsbooks. You can bet on horse racing in Mississippi online whilst on the premises of these sportsbooks.

Is online sports betting legal in MS?

Yes and no. It is officially legal to bet online, if you are over 21, in the state of Mississippi. However, you will need to be on the premises of a sportsbook that offers online sports betting.

What is the biggest Casino in Mississippi that offers sports betting?

The world-famous Beau Rivage Resort and Casino is the largest casino in Biloxi. It has 85,000 square feet of gambling fun to enjoy.

Online Sports Betting in Mississippi

This is where it gets a little complicated.
Officially it is possible to legally bet online in the Magnolia State. However, it has to be on the premises of a land or water-based casino.

This does defeat the point of online and mobile sports betting, and we don’t expect this to last.

We imagine that this legislation is an attempt by the state to retain some form of control over the betting situation in the state. It also protects the casinos who are well established there, ensuring that new online sportsbooks don’t come and steal customers.

Mississippi sports betting law

Currently, sports betting is legal in all of Mississippi state. The state does not restrict this to any particular forms of betting, so anything is game. There are a large number of casinos all over the state that offers sports betting.

But then comes the strange part. You are legally only allowed to bet on sports on the actual premises of land or water-based casino in Mississippi. This means that to bet online you need to already be in a casino which has a sportsbook. So effectively, as it stands today, there is no real online or mobile betting.

For things to really change there will need to be pressure heaped on the state, who currently seem pretty happy with the situation. This is unlikely to happen anytime soon as the population only has a population of 3 million. This is not enough to attract sportsbooks from outside who can persuade the state to change the legislation. The current sportsbooks will be happy to keep the status quo and avoid any new upstarts taking a slice of their pie.

Mississippi sportbook betting locations

So, where are these sportsbooks? Well, there are currently twenty-three of them dotted around the state. There are quite a few big names along with some smaller ones. The majority of land-based casino sportsbooks in Mississippi are based in Biloxi but there are a couple in Tunica as well.

You can see a full list in the table to the right.

Mississippi sports betting revenue

Mississippi only legalized sports betting in August of 2018. However, by the end of the year people had wagered $116 million on sporting events in the state. With a 12% tax, that meant the state brought in $1.03 million (8% goes to the state).

That might sound like a lot to you and me, but the reality is that it is not that much at the state level. If you compare that, for example to casino revenue between July-November of $2.14 billion!

This shows that the state has yet to really embrace sports betting as New Jersey has for example. Perhaps this cultural but it might also have to do with the lack of representation of Mississippi based teams in the major leagues.

Until the state legalises online sports betting throughout the state then we don’t see the revenue to rise that much.

Mississippi Sports betting trends

Basketball is the number one sport of choice when it comes to sports bettors in Mississippi.

That includes both the NBA and NCAA. The sport accounts for over half of the annual betting revenue.

Basketball is followed by football, which peaks during the Superbowl. It is striking, however, when compared to other states how much the state relies on one sport for the bulk of its revenues.

After Basketball and Football, it’s not an actual sport that takes third place but rather a form of betting; Parlays. This form of betting is a type of multiple bets under one wager. It is is a high risk, high returns type of betting.

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