Mississippi Betting Revenue Slight in Partial May Sample

Mississippi Betting Revenue Slight in Partial May Sample
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Shut out in April with casinos closed, Mississippi saw $87,697 in sports betting revenue in May. Casinos reopened May 21.


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There is no mobile sports betting market in Mississippi outside of the state's casinos. With casinos closed in mid-March, bettors couldn’t place wagers until late May. The most recent monthly numbers from the Mississippi Gaming Commission were to be expected:

  • Sports betting handle in May was $236,503, a decline of 97.8% from March’s $10,749,403 (no numbers were reported in April). Year over year the handle was down 98.6% from May 2019 ($17,438,288).
  • Sports betting revenue in May was $87,697, down 86.4% from March’s $648,647. Year-over-year revenue was down 92.6% from May 2019 ($1,191,967).
  • May slots drop was $658.8 million, down 30.2% from March’s $944.3 million. Year over year it declined 66.6% from May 2019 ($1.973 billion).
  • May table games drop was $45.5 million, a decline of 41.7% from March’s $78.1 million. It was down 70.6% year over year from May 2019 ($154.5 million).

Mississippi Sports Betting Handle, May vs. March

May MarchChange
Central Casinos $23K $1.623M-98.6%
Coastal Casinos $145K $6.602M -97.8%
Northern Casinos $68K$2.524M -97.3%
Total $236.5K $10.749M -97.8%

Note: All Mississippi casinos were closed in April.

Casinos Reopen and Are Busy

When casinos in Mississippi reopened, some had lines of people waiting to get in at 8 a.m., according to published reports. Casinos had been taking steps to enhance safety measures and create social-distancing protocols.

Penn National Gaming’s properties — 1st Jackpot Casino Tunica, Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg, Boomtown Casino Biloxi, Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast and Hollywood Casino Tunica — reopened the first day and saw brisk business. Boyd Gaming’s IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi and Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Tunica also reopened that day.

MGM Resorts reopened the Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica on May 25, followed by Biloxi's Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on June 1, both in a limited capacity.

Mississippi Year-Over-Year Sports Betting Handle

May ’20May ‘19Change
Central Casinos $23K $2.503M -99.0%
Coastal Casinos $145K $10.976M -98.7%
Northern Casinos $68K $3.959M -98.3%
Total $236.5K $17.438M -98.6%

Note: All Mississippi casinos were closed in April.

No Mobile, No Money

Mississippi hasn’t been able to take advantage of a potential revenue stream during the coronavirus pandemic without true mobile sports betting or online casino gaming.

States like New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware have been able to gain revenue in April and May because of iGaming and mobile sports betting. And when sports returned in May, bettors could place wagers from their homes.

Arkansas is in a similar situation to Mississippi. But neighboring Louisiana just approved legislation putting sports betting on the November ballot. If passed by voters, mobile sports betting could be part of the regulations in Louisiana.

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