Mississippi online sports betting laws
Mississippi is one of the few southern states so far to legalize sports betting. However, you have to be on licensed premises to place a sports bet – even an online one. The consolation prize is that there are plenty of such places in the Magnolia State.
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Is sports betting legal in Mississippi?
Yes. Mississippi was one of the first states outside Nevada to launch sports betting services, doing so in 2018.
Is online sports betting legal in Mississippi?
Yes. Mississippi online sports betting is legal – but online sports bets may only be placed using a mobile app while located on the property of one of the state’s licensed casinos. Currently, only the state’s tribal casinos offer this option.
How old do I have to be to place a bet in Mississippi?
You need to be at least 21 years old before you can enjoy sports betting in Mississippi.
Go in person to a casino licensed to offer sportsbook facilities.
Decide if you want to bet in cash or open an online account. Note, however, that not all casinos offer an online option and online wagers may only be placed via a mobile device when you are on the property of a licensed casino.
Be prepared to produce some ID to show your address and prove your age.
If you sign up for a sportsbook, take advantage of any sign-up offers.
Mississippi moved incredibly fast to authorize sports betting after the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was struck down in May 2018. Within hours, the Mississippi Gaming Commission released draft regulations to govern sports betting.
The fact it was ready to do so can be explained by the long debate that had taken place in the Magnolia State over the legality of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS).
When DFS was legalized the previous year, Mississippi lawmakers took the opportunity to modify the Gaming Control Act of 1972, removing the provision that had prohibited sports betting in the state.
As a result, Mississippi was ready to move fast in 2018 after the PASPA decision, and the first sports bets were placed on August 1 of that year.
Despite ongoing restrictions on Mississippi online betting, the level of sports betting in the state has exceeded predictions. In January 2021 the monthly handle was nearly $68 million – up almost 50 per cent on the same month in 2020. However, handle in the state has not reached this record-setting mark since, most likely due to the end of football season.
The good news is that Mississippi sports betting is perfectly safe provided you use a licensed operator.
The only way to enjoy Mississippi online sports betting is by using a mobile app while you are physically located in a casino, based on land or a riverboat.
The Mississippi Gaming Commission, which regulates all forms of gambling in the state, has firmly resisted any attempt to legalize remote sports betting.
In a state as conservative as Mississippi, it is hard to see this changing soon – despite the boost in tax and licensing revenue this would undoubtedly bring.
As recently as January 2021, three bills were brought before the state legislature that would have permitted online betting, but all failed to pass the committee stage.
As things stand, none of the commercial casinos in the state is using the “Mississippi mobile” option. Only the tribal casinos that are part of the Pearl River Resort actually allow mobile wagers on site.
All casinos licensed to offer sports betting do so through a licensed and reputable betting partner. The only online betting that currently takes place is through the PRR Sports app at tribal casinos.
It remains to be seen whether further attempts to introduce Mississippi online betting will be successful.
Yes, they are. The IRS treats all gambling winnings as taxable income, so it is highly advisable that you keep a record of all your wins.
All winnings at Mississippi casinos are subject to a three per cent income tax, which is withheld by the casino at the time of payout.
If you want to place a sports bet in Mississippi, you will need to be at least 21 years of age.
Although Mississippi was one of the first states to legalize sports betting after the repeal of PASPA, the extent to which the activity is allowed is strictly regulated.
Not only must you be in the state, you need to be physically on premises where betting is allowed. This in effect means a casino, either on land or water. Many are located in Tunica, along the Gulf Coast, or on riverboats.
While Mississippi online betting is technically allowed, you need to be in a casino to place a mobile bet – and only the tribal casinos in the state currently offer this facility.
While betting on college sports is permitted in Mississippi – even on events involving teams based in the state – betting on politics is not. No US-licensed sportsbook is allowed to offer odds for betting on political markets, including domestic and international elections.
Mississippi was the fourth state to make Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) officially legal, in 2016. This was done on a temporary basis, but in 2017 DFS were made legal indefinitely.
The main motivation was tax dollars. Eight per cent of all DFS revenue goes to the state.
Unlike other states where the minimum age for DFS is usually 18, you have to be at least 21 years old to play in Mississippi.
Sports fans in the state can now freely engage in DFS, especially on football – the most popular DFS sport and one with which Mississippi has a great affinity as it produces plenty of NFL stars.
Baseball, basketball and hockey games are also popular with people in the Magnolia State. The fact that DFS can be played online obviously make it attractive in a territory where no Mississippi betting sites are available.
There’s no NFL team in Mississippi, but many fans here pull for the New Orleans Saints, who are massively popular and generate huge betting activity. The state also has an excellent NCAA presence, with six colleges – including Ole Miss and Mississippi State – fielding football teams in Division 1 of the NCAA.
The need to ensure Mississippi sports betting is conducted responsibly is taken very seriously indeed. There are measures in place to help and support anybody who encounters financial or emotional difficulties because their gambling has become out of control.
The Mississippi Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling exists to deliver those resources. This is a non-profit organization affiliated to the National Council on Problem Gambling that is funded by the state and the gaming industry.
It provides education and training as well as crisis intervention. The council also aims to increase public awareness of the issues involved, as well as to conduct research and to develop education programs for adolescents.
The focus on youth is highly commendable. The council has identified the need to convey to teenagers the potential issues that can be caused by gambling when it ceases to be a fun and relaxing leisure activity.
The Fleetfield Race Track opens and people can bet on the races. At this stage, Mississippi was still a Spanish territory – but it demonstrates that betting here goes back a long way.
Mississippi authorizes dockside casino gambling on riverboats.
Mississippi creates an Internet Gaming Taskforce to investigate the pluses and minuses of online gaming.
Mississippi repeals the state law provision specifically forbidding sports betting.
As soon as PASPA is struck down, the Mississippi Gaming Commission released draft sports betting regulations. After a 30-day review period, those regulations went into effect and the Commission began accepting sports betting license applications from licensed gaming operators in the state. The first bets are placed in August.
Below is the current list of the casinos licensed to offer Mississippi sports betting. These include the tribal casinos, which are the only locations offering the “Mississippi mobile” option.
|Casino/Retail Sportsbook||Retail Sportsbook Partner||Address||Online Sportsbook Partner|
|1st Jackpot Casino||William Hill||1450 Jackpot Boulevard, Tunica Resorts MS 38664|
|Ameristar Casino||William Hill||4116 Washington Street, Vicksburg MS 39180|
|Beau Rivage Resort & Casino||MGM||875 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi MS 39530|
|Bok Homa Casino (Tribal)||IGT||1 Choctaw Road, Heidelberg MS 39439||PRR Sports|
|Boomtown Casino||William Hill||676 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi MS 39530|
|Casio Vicksburg||William Hill||1380 Warrenton Rd Vicksburg, MS 39180|
|Fitz Tunica Casino Hotel||William Hill||711 Lucky Lane, Tunica Resorts MS 38664|
|Gold Strike Casino Resort||MGM||1010 Casino Center Drive, Tunica Resorts MS 38664|
|Golden Moon Hotel & Casino (Tribal)||IGT||13541 MS-16, Philadelphia MS 39350||PRR Sports|
|Golden Nugget||Golden Nugget||151 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi MS 39530|
|Hard Rock Hotel & Casino||William Hill||777 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi MS 39530|
|Harlow’s Casino Resort||BetAmerica||4280 Harlows Boulevard, Greenville MS 38701|
|Harrah’s Gulf Coast||William Hill||280 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi MS 39530|
|Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast||William Hill||711 Hollywood Boulevard, Bay St Louis MS 39520|
|Hollywood Casino Tunica||William Hill||1150 Casino Strip Resort Boulevard, Tunica Resorts MS 38664|
|Horseshoe Casino & Hotel||William Hill||1021 Casino Center Drive, Tunica Resorts MS 38664|
|IP Casino Resort Spa||FanDuel||850 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi MS 39530|
|Island View Casino Resort||William Hill||3300 W Beach Boulevard, Gulfport MS 39501|
|Isle of Capri Casino & Resort||William Hill||777 Isle of Capri Parkway, Lula MS 38644|
|Magnolia Bluffs Casino||MBC Sportsbook||7 Roth Hill Road, Natchez MS 39120|
|Palace Casino Resort||William Hill||158 Howard Avenue, Biloxi MS 39530|
|Riverwalk Casino & Hotel||BetAmerica||1046 Warrenton Road, Vicksburg MS 39180|
|Sam’s Town Casino||FanDuel||1477 Casino Strip Resort Boulevard, Tunica Resorts MS 38664|
|Scarlett Pearl Casino & Hotel||DraftKings||9380 Central Avenue, D’Iberville MS 39540|
|Silver Slipper Casino||William Hill||5000 S Beach Boulevard, Bay St Louis MS 39520|
|Silver Star Casino (Tribal)||IGT||13550 Highway 16 W, Philadelphia MS 39350||PRR Sports|
|Treasure Bay Casino & Hotel||William Hill||1980 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi MS 39531|
|Trop Casino Greenville||William Hill||199 N Lakefront Road, Greenville MS 38701|
|WaterView Casino & Hotel||William Hill||3990 Washington Street, Vicksburg MS 39180|
Yes, you can, but only in very restricted circumstances. To bet online, you have to be on licensed premises, which means a casino on land or a riverboat – and only the tribal casinos have taken up the “Mississippi mobile” option so far.
The only places where you can enjoy Mississippi sports betting is at a casino licensed for the purpose. The good news is that there are several such places in the state that offer sportsbook facilities, check out the full list above.
Yes, it does. It was one of the first states to legalize sports betting in 2018. However, Mississippi sports betting is restricted to retail premises only. You need to go in person to a casino to be able to enjoy a sports wager.
No. It may be possible for residents of Mississippi to access Bovada, which is an offshore sportsbook. But it is not licensed to take sports wagers in Mississippi. It is recommended that you bet on sports only with a licensed sportsbook.