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Mississippi

Legalized sports betting went into effect in Mississippi close to a month after PASPA was overturned in 2018. However, while both retail and online sports betting are legal, the specifics actually state that online sports betting wagers can only be placed at a licensed casino.

While there are 28 licensed retail casinos in MS, the state is still working to get online betting fully legalized without this stipulation.

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All legal ways to bet on in Mississippi

Is online sports betting legal in Mississippi?Yes, with restrictions
Is in-person sports betting legal?Yes
Is daily fantasy sports legal?Yes
Is betting on college sports legal?Yes
Is horse racing betting legal?Yes
Is greyhound betting legal?No
Is political betting legal?No
Is eSports betting legal?No

While online sports betting has restrictions (all real-money bets must be placed at a licensed retail casino), what customers can actually wager on in Mississippi has very few limitations. Bettors can wager on both professional and collegiate sports, which includes in-state colleges, so the ability to get on the infamous Egg Bowl is a possibility. The one college-related market that customers cannot wager on is prop bets.

Daily fantasy sports apps are also available for download in the state as well, and those do not require customers to be physically located somewhere specific, just inside state lines. Horse racing is also legal in MS, but greyhound racing is not, and neither are wagers on politics or eSports.

Online sports betting in The Magnolia State

Bettors in Mississippi did not have to wait long at all for sports betting to be legalized after PASPA was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. When it became legal in 2018, after the Mississippi Gaming Commission came up with the specific rules and regulations for sports betting, residents were limited to strictly retail betting at the time.

It would not be until 2021 that MS residents would see a mobile sportsbook become available when BetMGM launched in the state. It is important to note that even though BetMGM was now available to gamblers of legal age in the state, they could still only use the app if they were physically located on the property of a licensed in-state casino with which BetMGM was partnered.

Not only does this bill put a limit on how much the state can truly make off sports betting, but it also limits the number of online operators that can join the market. All four bills brought to the 2022 legislative sessions died in committee that year. As a result, the state signed HB 606 into law in 2023, which called for the creation of a sports betting task force.

The “Mobile Online Sports Betting Task Force” has since met with local gaming industry members and released a detailed report listing the potential benefits of online betting expansion.

The casinos remain adamant against the expansion of mobile sports betting, as they would quickly lose business if that legislation is passed. Even with the casinos' and certain lawmakers' resistance to the change, Casey Eure, who is Chair of the House gaming committee, is heading into the state’s 2024 legislative sessions with new sports betting bills that would change the structure of gambling in MS.

Sports betting & gambling legislation in MS

In order to place legal sports wagers in Mississippi, customers must be 21 years old. Due to the fact that MS does not offer remote registration, all of these legal wagers must also be placed on the property of a licensed retail betting facility in the state. All sports betting rules and regulations are enforced by the Mississippi Gaming Commission.

Regardless of where a customer can and cannot place a legal wager, one thing remains the same, and that is the tax rate on winnings. All gambling winnings in Mississippi are subject to a 3% state tax, which is quite generous when compared to the tax rate of other states that offer sports betting or gambling in general.

As far as iGaming goes, which is also illegal in Mississippi, it is hard to imagine lawmakers would be able to pass a bill legalizing online casinos while also expanding online sports betting. With that, iGaming will likely remain illegal even if lawmakers are able to change the regulations surrounding online sports betting. Despite iGaming and online poker remaining illegal, residents of the state can legally participate in the lottery.

Are online casinos legal in Mississippi?No
Are retail casinos legal?Yes
Are social sportsbooks legal?Yes
Are sweepstakes/social casinos legal?Yes
Is online poker legal?No
Is the lottery legal?Yes
The launch date of sports betting in Mississippi?August, 2018 (limitedly)
How many legal sports betting apps are there in MS?0
How many legal retail betting sites are there in MS?30
Is remote registration allowed?No
Legal age for sports betting in Mississippi?21+
Mississippi's tax rate for betting/gambling winnings3%
Who regulates sports betting in Mississippi?The Mississippi Gaming Commission

Most recent updates from the MS sports betting scene

  • February 1, 2024: Full legal sports betting could soon be coming to Mississippi as the House approved legislation that would allow legalized mobile sports betting. The measure will now head to the state Senate and will need to be approved there before residents have free reign to place bets remotely. 

  • December 21, 2023: Mississippi sees a sports betting handle of $62.4 million in November, the highest in nearly a year but still below last year's figure. It marked a 15.2% decrease from November 2022 but a 26.1% increase from October 2023.

  • October 25, 2023: Mississippi's Mobile Online Betting Task Force actively examines options for expanding mobile sports gambling. Currently, the state only allows on-site sports betting at its casinos. This limitation hinders potential revenue generation and puts Mississippi at a disadvantage compared to other US states.

In-person sports betting sites and locations

With how Mississippi’s sports betting legislation is currently laid out, in-person betting is the name of the game. A legal wager in the state cannot be placed unless a bettor is physically located at one of the 28 brick-and-mortar casinos located throughout the state.

Unlike most states with a wide range of casinos, Mississippi has multiple retail locations that have not partnered with an online operator but instead created their own sportsbooks. Of course, some casinos have opted to partner with brand-name operators. For example, BetMGM is partnered with Beau Rivage Casino and the Golden Strike Casino Resort.

Retail Sportsbooks

Location

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

875 Beach Blvd, Biloxi

Gold Strike Casino Resort

1010 Casino Center Dr, Robinsonville

Harrah's Gulf Coast

280 Beach Blvd, Biloxi

Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino

1021 Casino Center Dr, Robinsonville

Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort

9380 Central Ave, D'Iberville

IP Casino Resort

850 Bayview Ave, Biloxi

Sam's Town Casino

1477 Casino Strip Resort Blvd, Robinsonville

Fitz Tunica Casino & Hotel

711 Lucky Ln, Tunica Resorts

Golden Nugget Biloxi

151 Beach Blvd, Biloxi

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi

777 Beach Blvd, Biloxi

Bok Homa Casino

1 Choctaw Rd, Heidelberg

Golden Moon Hotel & Casino

13541 MS-16, Philadelphia

Magnolia Bluffs Casino

7 Roth Hill Road, Natchez

Harlow's Casino Resort & Spa

4280 Harlows Blvd, Greenville

Riverwalk Casino and Hotel

1046 Warrenton Rd, Vicksburg

1st Jackpot Casino Tunica

1450 Jackpot Blvd, Tunica Resorts

Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg

4116 Washington St, Vicksburg

Beach View Casino Resort

3215 W Beach Blvd, Gulfport

Boomtown Casino Biloxi

676 Bayview Ave, Biloxi

Hollywood Casino & Resort Gulf Coast

711 Hollywood Blvd, Bay St Louis

Hollywood Casino Tunica

1150 Casino Strip Resort Blvd, Tunica Resorts

Island View Casino Resort

3300 W Beach Blvd, Gulfport

Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Lula

777 Isle of Capri Pkwy, Lula

Bally's Vicksburg Casino

1380 Warrenton Rd, Vicksburg

Palace Casino Resort

158 Howard Ave, Biloxi

Silver Slipper Casino Hotel

5000 S Beach Blvd, Bay St Louis

Treasure Bay Casino and Hotel

1980 Beach Blvd, Biloxi

Tropicana Casino Greenville

199 N Lakefront Rd, Greenville

Waterview Casino

3990 Washington St, Vicksburg

Sports betting in neighboring states

If bettors in Mississippi are tired of having to be on-site at a retail casino to place a legal sports wager, they can visit three of their neighboring states where online sports betting is legal. The only surrounding state of MS that does not offer any form of sports betting is Alabama.

With different regulations and sportsbook operators present in each surrounding state's market, you can click on their name below to get the full scope of their sports betting legislation.

StateOnline sports bettingRetail sports bettingDFSHorse Race betting
AlabamaIllegalLegal (restricted)LegalLegal
ArkansasLegalLegalLegalLegal
LouisianaLegalLegalLegalLegal
TennesseeLegalIllegalLegalLegal

Sports betting revenue impact on Mississippi's economy

In order to obtain a sports betting license in Mississippi, operators must pay a licensing fee of $5,000, which is one of the lowest licensing fees in any state offering legalized sports gambling.

All retail operators also must pay a tax rate of 12%, which is fairly average in today’s sports betting market. If online sports betting does get added to the state in the near future, it is unclear whether or not the tax rate for online operators will be the same as retail.

Gambling, in general, has been a big part of Mississippi for decades. Even with sports betting legalized in a primarily retail format, the state has cleared over $300 million in handle every year since 2019. One can only imagine how much the state could make from remote registration and allowing residents to place bets from anywhere in the state.

For example Kansas, which is the closest state in terms of population to MS, has seen over $1 billion more in handle since launching legal sports betting.

Mississippi sports betting record months:

  • Sports betting handle: October 2021 ($83,527,015)

  • Revenue: December 2022 ($11,297,381)

  • Tax income: December 2022 ($1,355,686)

MS sports betting revenue in 2024

Month

Handle (MoM)

Revenue (MoM)

Tax income

Feb. 2024

$31,374,402

$2,297,096

$275,652

Jan. 2024

$57,223,251

$5,117,380

$614,086

2024 Total YTD

$88,597,653

$7,414,476

$889,738

Mississippi - Some commonly asked questions (FAQ):

What are the legal sports betting options in Mississippi?

There are close to 30 retail betting facilities in Magnolia State. Since mobile betting is not offered, all sports betting in the state takes place at these facilities. However, daily fantasy sports apps are available.

How much money has MS gained from legalizing sports betting?

Sports betting has been around for quite a while in Mississippi. It officially launched in August 2018, and since then, the state has made over $288 million in revenue from sports betting.

Which Mississippi sports team has the biggest following?

Well, it depends on who you ask, as the state is divided between the Ole Miss Rebels and Mississippi State Bulldogs, both of which have passionate fan bases.

What is the biggest sporting event in the Magnolia State?

Each year, the Ole Miss Rebels and Mississippi State Bulldogs match up in the infamous Egg Bowl.