U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on state-authorized sports betting on May 14, 2018, clearing the way for individual states to legalize and regulate sports gambling.
For Mississippi, the SCOTUS decision represented the final piece necessary to regulate an industry that state lawmakers have been moving towards legalizing for over a year. Legal sports betting went live in Mississippi on August 1, 2018.
Mississippi sports betting status
In 2017, Mississippi legalized daily fantasy sports via the Fantasy Contest Act. The law also modified the provision in the 1972 Gaming Control Act that prohibited sports betting. This created the mechanism to regulate sports betting, which then became legal once the SCOTUS decision came down in May.
With 28 casinos and 39 sites operating throughout the state, Mississippi has the infrastructure in place to run live sports books and has long been one of the most aggressive states in pushing for legislation that would allow that industry to thrive.
MGM, which owns the Beau Rivage and Gold Strike Casinos in Mississippi, spearheaded the movement. Those two casinos launched the first sportsbooks in the state on Aug. 1.
All casinos are taxed 12 percent on revenue with 8 percent going to the state and 4 percent to local government, so there isn’t much opposition to this potential influx of revenue.
Sports Betting FAQ
Is sports betting legal in Mississippi?
Yes, sports betting is currently legal in Mississippi.
Where can I place sports bets in Mississippi?
Sports betting is currently limited to the state’s casinos. There are currently 23 casinos offering legal sports betting inside their properties.
How old do I have to be to bet in Mississippi?
Patrons must be at least 21 years old to enter casinos in Mississippi casinos and place wagers.
Can I bet on my mobile device?
Currently, sports gambling in Mississippi is restricted to licensed casinos. Mobile wagering is only allowed within the confines of those establishments. That could change if lawmakers create a separate provision to authorize mobile betting in the state.
Who will oversee Mississippi sports betting?
The Mississippi Gaming Commission (MGC) regulates and oversee the sports betting industry.
Can I get into trouble for placing bets with unregulated online sportsbooks before it’s legal in Mississippi?
Yes, in order for a sportsbook to be legal it must be sanctioned by the state and placing bets with an unregulated bookkeeper can result in fines and potential jail time.