Sports Betting Goes Live at Two Mississippi Casinos

The state of Nevada and more specifically the city of Las Vegas has come to be known as the sports betting capital of the world. Most of the top casino hotel and resorts on the Strip and in the downtown section of Sin City have been offering legal sports betting through their onsite sportsbooks for decades.

The US Supreme Court cleared the path for legalized sports betting on a state-by-state basis outside of Nevada in early May and one of the principals in the case was the state of New Jersey. The Garden State wasted little time in capitalizing on the favorable decision with Monmouth Park becoming the first venue in the state to open its own sportsbook. MGM’s Borgata Casino is also open for business at its new sportsbook and most of the casinos in Atlantic City, as well as the other race tracks in New Jersey, are now scrambling to get their books up and running in time for the upcoming football season in the NFL and at the college ranks.

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Delaware has also gotten into the game after running a form of legal sports betting through its state lottery system even before the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. Following this ruling, sports betting on single games has been expanded to race tracks with casinos such as Dover Downs and Delaware Park.

Mississippi was another progressive state when it came to legal sports betting. According to a recent report on ESPN’s website by David Purdum, the state is officially open for business when it comes to betting on the games. Legal sports betting made its debut on Wednesday with on-site sportsbooks at Gold Strike Casino in Tunica and Beau Ridge in Biloxi opening their doors to sports betting patrons.

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While rules and restrictions in New Jersey and Delaware still prohibits sports betting at the collegiate level for in-state schools, Mississippi has become the first state outside of Nevada to offer legal betting on games involving schools located within state boundaries such as Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

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Jim Murren is the CEO of MGM Resorts International and he was quoted in this ESPN report as saying, “Sports wagering is a rapidly growing, exciting new entertainment opportunity for our company. We were proud to take the first sports wager in Atlantic City in June and today the first legal sports wager in two locations in Mississippi.” MGM Resorts owns and operates Gold Strike and Beau Ridge.

The ESPN report added that research firm Eilers & Krejcik Gaming has already projected that the sports betting industry in the Magnolia State could grow to $750 million to $800 million annually once it expands throughout the state’s land-based real money casinos. The sports betting industry will also expand online with mobile apps to bet on sports. Initially, this option will only be available at casinos with an on-site sportsbook.

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