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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.

Written by OnlineBetting.com staff.

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Jennifer Gaynor

Administrative law and government relations attorney

Jennifer has a degree in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C, in 2005. She's been living in Las Vegas helping clients in the casino and gaming industry, as well as other regulated businesses, across Nevada for over 15 years.

She has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books on US gaming law, including most recently, The Law of Regulated Gambling: A Practical Guide for Business Lawyers, American Bar Association (2020), and That (Expletive) Broad: Women Who Broke Barriers in the Casino and Gaming Industry (2020).

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.

How do I Start Betting in Mississippi?

  1. Go in person to a casino licensed to offer sportsbook facilities.

  2. 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.

  3. Be prepared to produce some ID to show your address and prove your age.

  4. If you sign up for a sportsbook, take advantage of any sign-up offers.

  5. Start betting.

Is Sports Betting Legal in Mississippi?

Mississippi Legalizes Online Sports Betting
Online Betting In-Person Only
Online Sports Betting Licenses
Are Mississippi Gambling Winnings Taxable?

Who Is Allowed to Bet on Sports In Mississippi?

You Must Be At Least 21 Years Old to Bet in Mississippi
You Must Be in a Mississippi Casino to Bet

What Can’t I Bet on in Mississippi?

Politics

Daily Fantasy Sports in Mississippi

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.

Top Sports to Bet on in Mississippi

Mississippi is one of the many states with no top-level pro teams in the big four sports. However, that doesn't mean there’s no appetite for watching – and betting on – sport here.

Football

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.

Responsible Gaming in Mississippi

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.

Furthermore, advice on self-exclusion programs and links to organizations such as Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon is also available on site.

Timeline of Sports Betting in Mississippi

1975

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.

1990

Mississippi authorizes dockside casino gambling on riverboats.

2014

Mississippi creates an Internet Gaming Taskforce to investigate the pluses and minuses of online gaming.

2017

Mississippi repeals the state law provision specifically forbidding sports betting.

2018

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.

Where Can You Bet in Mississippi?

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 SportsbookRetail Sportsbook PartnerAddressOnline Sportsbook Partner
1st Jackpot CasinoWilliam Hill1450 Jackpot Boulevard, Tunica Resorts MS 38664
Ameristar CasinoWilliam Hill4116 Washington Street, Vicksburg MS 39180
Beau Rivage Resort & CasinoMGM875 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi MS 39530
Bok Homa Casino (Tribal)IGT1 Choctaw Road, Heidelberg MS 39439PRR Sports
Boomtown CasinoWilliam Hill676 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi MS 39530
Casio VicksburgWilliam Hill1380 Warrenton Rd Vicksburg, MS 39180
Fitz Tunica Casino HotelWilliam Hill711 Lucky Lane, Tunica Resorts MS 38664
Gold Strike Casino ResortMGM1010 Casino Center Drive, Tunica Resorts MS 38664
Golden Moon Hotel & Casino (Tribal)IGT13541 MS-16, Philadelphia MS 39350PRR Sports
Golden NuggetGolden Nugget151 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi MS 39530
Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoWilliam Hill777 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi MS 39530
Harlow’s Casino ResortBetAmerica4280 Harlows Boulevard, Greenville MS 38701
Harrah’s Gulf CoastWilliam Hill280 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi MS 39530
Hollywood Casino Gulf CoastWilliam Hill711 Hollywood Boulevard, Bay St Louis MS 39520
Hollywood Casino TunicaWilliam Hill1150 Casino Strip Resort Boulevard, Tunica Resorts MS 38664
Horseshoe Casino & HotelWilliam Hill1021 Casino Center Drive, Tunica Resorts MS 38664
IP Casino Resort SpaFanDuel850 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi MS 39530
Island View Casino ResortWilliam Hill3300 W Beach Boulevard, Gulfport MS 39501
Isle of Capri Casino & ResortWilliam Hill777 Isle of Capri Parkway, Lula MS 38644
Magnolia Bluffs CasinoMBC Sportsbook7 Roth Hill Road, Natchez MS 39120
Palace Casino ResortWilliam Hill158 Howard Avenue, Biloxi MS 39530
Riverwalk Casino & HotelBetAmerica1046 Warrenton Road, Vicksburg MS 39180
Sam’s Town CasinoFanDuel1477 Casino Strip Resort Boulevard, Tunica Resorts MS 38664
Scarlett Pearl Casino & HotelDraftKings9380 Central Avenue, D’Iberville MS 39540
Silver Slipper CasinoWilliam Hill5000 S Beach Boulevard, Bay St Louis MS 39520
Silver Star Casino (Tribal)IGT13550 Highway 16 W, Philadelphia MS 39350PRR Sports
Treasure Bay Casino & HotelWilliam Hill1980 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi MS 39531
Trop Casino GreenvilleWilliam Hill199 N Lakefront Road, Greenville MS 38701
WaterView Casino & HotelWilliam Hill3990 Washington Street, Vicksburg MS 39180

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