Online Gambling in Mississippi


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Mississippi daily fantasy sports games are legal. DFS players in Mississippi can enjoy top sites such as FanDuel and DraftKings legally.

Unlike some other states that banned the games or have so far left them in a legal gray area, Mississippi was one of the earlier jurisdictions to formally approve the games. Officials legalized DFS games in 2016, giving players the green light to set lineups in poplar professional sports leagues such as the NFL, NBA and MLB.

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Online Sports Betting in Mississippi
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Mississippi online sports betting is legal, but only within the confines of a licensed brick-and-mortar casino. Bettors can wager from a mobile device within a physical casino, which allows players to skip the lines at the counter, but they still don’t have the ability to place a legal wager from anywhere else inside state lines.

This online authorization is a minor issue for players already in a casino. Its reach pales in comparison to a growing number of other states that have full mobile access for eligible bettors anywhere within their respective jurisdictions. It’s important to note there are no legal online sportsbooks outside casino properties in Mississippi.

This restriction has limited the market’s potential. Other states with full mobile access such as New Jersey see more than 80 percent of their bets placed outside casino properties. Industry observers and state officials believe this lost revenue could lead legislators to expand mobile sports betting options in the next few years. As officials consider the new proposals, follow for all the latest developments from the Magnolia State.

In the meantime, there are plenty of brick-and-mortar sportsbook options throughout the state. The majority of the state’s more than 30 casinos accept wagers on sporting events now. One of the earliest sports betting adopters, Mississippi should continue as an influential sports betting market, especially if it legalizes full online and mobile options.

Online Casino Gambling in Mississippi
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Mississippi online casino gambling is illegal. There are no legal options for real-money online casino games in the state.

Despite the proliferation of casinos throughout Mississippi, online casino gambling will not likely come to fruition anytime soon. The casinos contribute billions of dollars in economic impact annually and have not embraced online options they fear could hurt their foot traffic. With little appetite in the legislature to take up what would surely be a controversial endeavor, real-money online casino gambling has little chance of passing into law.

Mississippi residents and visitors still have casino gambling options that rival those of any state in the nation per capita. With riverboat casinos throughout the Gulf Coast and along the Mississippi River as well as additional commercial and Native American casinos spread throughout the state, it’s not hard to find a spot to play slots or table games.

Online Poker in Mississippi
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Mississippi online poker is not legal. Real-money online poker is not offered in Mississippi legally.

Like with online casino gambling, there’s little motivation to approve internet-based poker in Mississippi when it already has so many brick-and-mortar locations to play. Nevada and New Jersey are among states with both online poker and in-person card rooms, so it’s not impossible for lawmakers in the state to follow suit. But the prevailing attitude, for now at least, is to continue supporting the brick-and-mortar facilities and avoid online options.

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Gambling in Mississippi

The “Mississippi Miracle” is no exaggeration.

Like most other Southern states, Mississippi enacted strict gambling bans in the late 1800s which remained largely unchanged for the better part of the next century. Then Mississippi broke through the ban in a development that was at the time shocking for not just the region but the nation.

Mississippi was and still is dominated by conservative religious, cultural and political conditions which have historically been largely averse to any form of gambling. But seeking new ways to generate revenues in a struggling state economy, officials began steadily gaining support for legal gambling.

Starting with the success of New Jersey’s commercial casinos in the 1970s and federally recognized Native American tribes on tribal lands in the 1980s, Mississippi increasingly saw gambling as a means to attract tourists from across the nation. Lawmakers overcame gambling opponents to support modern riverboat casinos and eventually land-based facilities.

Decades later, it’s still shocking that Mississippi was just the third state in the nation with commercial casinos. Regional neighbors such as Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee still don’t have any commercial gaming facilities within their borders.

Mississippi’s casino market grew and contracted over the years, eventually settling into a dependable industry that contributes billions in economic impact each year. The 2019 approval for a state lottery, which had been delayed for years largely over fears it would cannibalize casino revenues, will only further Mississippi’s gaming revenues.

The next wave of gambling developments, namely online casino gaming and sports betting, will likely be tougher sells in the state. But even now, its proactive embrace of gambling has made Mississippi the top gaming state in the region and to this day one of the largest markets in the country.

Timeline of Gambling Legislation in Mississippi

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Mississippi sells its first lottery ticket, becoming one of the last states in the nation to institute a modern lottery. Officials avoided lottery implementation over fears it would cannibalize the casino industry.

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The state’s first sportsbooks open. Mississippi is the fourth state to take a legal sports bet, behind only Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey.

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Following the casino boom earlier in the decade, officials work to restructure, following a string of casino bankruptcies. Requirements to invest in additional amenities at casino properties, along with extra efforts help the market stabilize and continue to grow in ensuing years.

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More than 30 casinos open in the “Mississippi Miracle.” Full-scale gaming facilities open along the Gulf Coast, Tunica and on sovereign Native American tribal lands.

5 of 8

The state issues its first casino license and a year later forms the Mississippi Gaming Commission.

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The first casino licenses are awarded to local operators, with three opening in Biloxi and one in Tunica.

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Reversing more than a century of gambling opposition, Mississippi officials permit offshore casino river boats. This sparks a massive casino gaming expansion. Mississippi becomes just the third state, behind Nevada and New Jersey, with legal casinos.

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Venerable riverboat casinos are officially banned on the onset of the Civil War. The gambling prohibitions stand in Mississippi for more than 100 years.

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