Mississippi Sports Betting

Last updated: Jan 10, 2024

Sports betting has been legal in Mississippi since 2018. However, currently, the state only allows in-person betting. Mississippi is one of a handful of states that introduced sports betting legislation before the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) in 2018. When they enacted the Fantasy Contest Act in March 2017, Mississippi legislators quietly removed language from the bill prohibiting operators in the state from taking bets on various sports markets. 

This foresight allowed the Magnolia State to launch its regulated sports betting market within three months of the PASPA repeal. Almost two dozen sportsbooks began taking bets in August 2018, and there are now almost 30 retail sportsbooks operating within the state’s casinos. With a total betting handle of over $1.6 billion, Mississippi generates more revenue than any other retail-only US state.

RegulatorLaunch DateTax RateRegistration
Mississippi Gaming CommissionAugust 1, 20183-5%Online or In Person

There are 29 retail sportsbooks in Mississippi, five of which offer mobile betting from within the premises. It is not yet legal to bet from a mobile device outside of a retail facility, though several legislators have made attempts to rectify this. Read on to discover the ins and outs of sports betting in Mississippi and whether mobile sports betting could soon land in the state.

Sports Betting Operators in Mississippi

Mississippi has 29 sportsbooks at brick-and-mortar casinos. These retail sportsbooks sit in some of the best gambling facilities, including Hard Rock, Golden Nugget, Bally’s, and the Caesars-owned Harrah’s Gulf Coast.

There are over a dozen smaller casinos boasting big-brand sportsbooks like BetMGM, DraftKings, and FanDuel, alongside a handful of IGT-operated tribal sportsbooks. Mississippi operates a retail-only betting market. There are online sportsbooks, but you can only use these betting sites on the grounds of partnered casinos. 

Excluding the three tribal sportsbooks (which are regulated by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Gaming Commission), the Mississippi Gaming Commission (MGC) distributes licenses to every sportsbook in the state.

NameOperatorLaunch Date
1st Jackpot CasinoWilliam HillAugust 2018
Ameristar VicksburgWilliam HillAugust 2018
Beau Rivage Resort & CasinoBetMGMAugust 2018
Bok Homa CasinoIGTSeptember 2018
Boomtown Casino Biloxi (Original Locals Casino)William HillAugust 2018
Fitz Casino & Hotel TunicaFGGSeptember 2018
Gold Strike Casino ResortBetMGMAugust 2018
Golden Moon Hotel & Casino (Pearl River Resort)IGTAugust 2018
Golden Nugget CasinoGolden NuggetAugust 2018
Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoHard RockAugust 2018
Harlow’s Casino ResortTwinSpiresAugust 2018
Harrah’s Gulf CoastCaesarsAugust 2018
Hollywood Casino Gulf CoastWilliam HillAugust 2018
Hollywood Casino TunicaWilliam HillAugust 2018
Horseshoe Casino & HotelCaesarsAugust 2018
IP Casino Resort SpaFanDuelAugust 2018
Island View Casino ResortWilliam HillAugust 2018
Isle of Capri Casino & ResortCaesarsAugust 2019
Bally’s Vicksburg (formerly Lady Luck Casino and Casino Vicksburg)Bally’sSeptember 2020
Magnolia Bluffs CasinoMBC SportsbookOctober 2018
Palace Casino ResortWilliam HillAugust 2018
Riverwalk Casino & HotelTwinSpiresAugust 2018
Sam’s Town Casino TunicaFanDuelAugust 2018
Scarlett Pearl CasinoDraftKingsNovember 2018
Silver Slipper CasinoWilliam HillAugust 2018
Silver Star Casino (Pearl River Resort)IGTAugust 2018
Treasure Bay Casino & HotelWilliam HillAugust 2018
Trop Casino GreenvilleCaesarsFebruary 2022
WaterView Casino & HotelWilliam HillAugust 2018

Mississippi Legislation Timeline

  • March 2017: Governor Phil Bryant signs HB 967 into law. Otherwise known as the Fantasy Contest Act, the bill legalizes Daily Fantasy Sports in Mississippi. The bill also removes language prohibiting sports betting in case the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) is ever overturned.
  • May 14, 2018: The Supreme Court strikes down PASPA. Within a few hours, the Mississippi Gaming Commission (MGC) releases a draft of its proposed sports betting regulations. 
  • June 2018: The MGC’s proposed sports betting regulations go into effect after a 30-day review period. Operators can now start applying for a retail sportsbook license.
  • August 2018: Retail sportsbooks in Mississippi open for the first time. Launching on August 1, BetMGM-operated sportsbooks at Beau Rivage and Gold Strike take the state’s first legal bets.
  • September 2018: IGT partners with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to launch the state’s first three tribal betting facilities. The Golden Moon Hotel & Casino is the first tribal sportsbook to launch in Mississippi, taking its first bets in August.
  • January 2019: Senator Willie Simmons proposes the Gaming Control Act to legalize mobile sports betting outside of retail casino properties. The act fails in February.
  • January 2020: Representative Cedric Burnett introduces HB 172, which would allow retail sportsbooks to launch online and take bets from anywhere in Mississippi. Two months after it is proposed, the bill fails.
  • January 2021: The first online sportsbooks land in Mississippi, courtesy of BetMGM. Though you can now wager from your phone using the BetMGM app, you must be physically located in a partnered retail sportsbook.
  • January 2022: Rep. Burnett introduces HB 184. The bill would legalize mobile sports betting in Mississippi outside of retail sportsbooks. Though there is some support, the bill ultimately dies. This is Burnett’s third attempt to legalize mobile betting in three years.

Mississippi Sports Betting Handle

Launching its sports betting market just a couple of months after the PASPA repeal, Mississippi was one of the first states to welcome sportsbooks. Retail sportsbooks began taking bets on August 1, and the Magnolia State has generated a seven-figure betting handle ever since. Despite a brief lull during the early months of the pandemic, it didn’t take long for Mississippi’s handle to return to its normal rate.

HandleMonth/Year
$6,270,128August 2018
$31,770,270September 2018
$32,837,334October 2018
$44,499,883November 2018
$41,762,048December 2018
$35,190,774January 2019
$25,148,135February 2019
$32,421,264March 2019
$19,188,763April 2019
$17,438,288May 2019
$15,190,666June 2019
$13,383,383July 2019
$19,876,370August 2019
$37,870,989September 2019
$48,019,481October 2019
$56,369,036November 2019
$49,076,433December 2019
$45,190,371January 2020
$34,462,821February 2020
$10,749,403March 2020
$0April 2020
$236,503May 2020
$1,575,859June 2020
$7,916,665July 2020
$40,489,135August 2020
$52,220,289September 2020
$61,192,425October 2020
$54,443,370November 2020
$55,298,807December 2020
$67,707,628January 2021
$47,807,574February 2021
$50,546,886March 2021
$32,917,836April 2021
$36,125,896May 2021
$43,099,180June 2021
$30,659,426July 2021
$21,436,948August 2021
$54,835,753September 2021
$83,527,015October 2021
$60,582,141November 2021
$56,839,743December 2021
$66,523,295January 2022
$40,871,618February 2022
$47,889,213March 2022
$35,503,585April 2022
$29,233,786May 2022
$25,096,238June 2022
$18,296,341July 2022
$21,234,898August 2022
$43,139,311September 2022
$56,199,189October 2022

Mississippi Sports Teams

Mississippi doesn’t have teams representing it in the NFL, NBA, or NHL. Its largest city, Jackson, is not big enough to support an NFL team. Instead, college football is the Magnolia State’s dominant sport, with the Mississippi State University Bulldogs and the University of Mississippi “Ole Miss” Rebels competing in one of the biggest inter-state competitions in the US.

Ole Miss Rebels Football logo
Ole Miss Rebels Football

The Ole Miss Rebels represent the University of Mississippi in the NCAA. Originally named the Mississippi Flood, the team was formed in 1893 and rebranded as the Rebels in 1936. Ole Miss was Mississippi’s first football team and celebrated its 600th win in 2008 after beating the Florida Gators on the Gators’ turf.

Since forming over a century ago, Ole Miss has won six Southeastern Conference titles, taking home its last trophy in 1962. The same year, the team won its third national championship. While these accolades are impressive, the Rebels’ most significant victory is its 64-47 win streak over its inter-state rivals, the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Alongside football, Ole Miss has basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, cross country, and track and field teams. The women's division also competes in softball, soccer, volleyball, and rifle.

Mississippi State Bulldogs logo
Mississippi State Bulldogs

Two years after Ole Miss’ inaugural match, Mississippi State formed its own football team. What the Bulldogs lack in wins (securing the SEC Championship just once in 1941 and the division championship in 1998), it more than makes up for in stats. The college football program has produced 38 All-Americans and 124 NFL players.

Though Ole Miss is certainly the team to beat, the Bulldogs hold the record for the longest consecutive win streak in the “Egg Bowl” (13 games from 1911-1925, as opposed to Ole Miss’ six back-to-back victories from 1930-1935.)

Mississippi Sea Wolves

Throughout the past couple of decades, the state’s various professional hockey teams - including the Jackson Bandits, the Mississippi RiverKings, the Tupelo T-Rex, and the Mississippi Sea Wolves - gradually stopped competing in professional leagues and went extinct. However, the Sea Wolves are returning to the Gulf Coast for the 2022/23 season.

The team competed in the ECHL from 1996 to 2009, though it took a two-year hiatus from 2005-2007 after Hurricane Katrina caused extensive damage to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. When the Wolves make their highly anticipated return to the ice, they will play in the Federal Prospects Hockey League.

Mississippi Braves

The Mississippi Braves (known locally as the M-Braves) are one of the state’s two Minor League Baseball teams. Headquartered in Pearl, Jackson, the Mississippi Braves are the Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves and compete in the Southern League. 

The team began its first season in 2005 after the Greenville Braves relocated from South Carolina to Pearl. Since then, they have won the Southern League Championship Series twice: once against the Carolina Mudcats in 2008 and again in 2021 against the Montgomery Biscuits.

Biloxi Shuckers

The second of Mississippi’s two active Minor League Baseball teams, the Biloxi Shuckers also compete in the Southern League and are the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. After relocating from Alabama, the Biloxi Shuckers (previously known as the Huntsville Stars) played their first game in 2015. They have since played in three Southern League Championships but are yet to win a title.

Mississippi Sports Events

In addition to its sports teams, Mississippi is also home to a variety of popular sporting events. From college football rivalries to the nationwide State Games, there is plenty for fans to enjoy. Check out some of the most popular sports events in MS below.

State Games of Mississippi

Held annually from April to June, the State Games is a non-profit organization that aims to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for Mississippi residents of all ages. The inaugural games were held in 1992 and have been held almost every year since. All residents can get involved (including college students, military personnel, and visitors from states without their own State Games). 

Most of the sports competitions at the States Games feature events you see in the Olympics. However, the list of eligible sports isn’t confined to the Olympic roster. In fact, the State Games offer a much more diverse lineup, including Barrel Racing, Pickleball, Stand-up Paddleboarding, and a special Pumpkin Run event. The top three medalists from each sport are then eligible to compete in the State Games of America, where they face winners from other participating states.

The Egg Bowl

Otherwise known as “the Battle for the Golden Egg,” the Egg Bowl sees the Ole Miss Rebels battle it out against the Mississippi State Bulldogs over Thanksgiving weekend. Contests in odd-numbered years are held in Starkville, MS, at the Davis Wade Stadium. In even-numbered years, the match takes place at the Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, MS.

The first competition took place in 1901, and it has continued consecutively since 1944, making it the tenth-longest uninterrupted US series. As it currently stands, Ole Miss leads the series with a respectable 64-47 win, though the Bulldogs claimed the 2022 Egg Bowl title.

Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament

Every April, a team of amateur golfers pairs up with a Mississippi celebrity to compete in the Celebrity Golf Tournament. From sports legends to coaches and college administrators, the Magnolia State’s most prominent sporting personalities flock to the Annandale Golf Club to play for various prizes. The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum hosts the event.

FAQs

Yes, sports betting is live and legal at more than two dozen retail sportsbooks across Mississippi. You can bet on a wide range of markets, including the NFL, NBA, NHL, and more. Mobile sports betting is available via the BetMGM and PRR Sports apps, though you must be physically present in the retail sportsbook to place a mobile wager.

Like all other types of sports wagering, retail horse race betting is legal in Mississippi for anyone over 21. The state doesn’t have any licensed horse racing tracks, but you can still participate in pari-mutuel horse wagering at any of Mississippi’s licensed retail sportsbooks. Mobile horse betting is not yet legal.

There are plenty of ways to gamble legally in Mississippi. There are more than 30 retail casinos in the Magnolia State, the majority of which house a retail sportsbook. These facilities offer casino games like slots, table games, and poker, as well as sports betting and pari-mutuel horse wagering. DFS sites like FanDuel and DraftKings are also legal, as are bingo games and the state lottery.

DraftKings is available to Mississippi bettors via its partnership with Scarlet Pearl Casino. The retail sportsbook launched on November 16, 2018, and offers its award-winning fantasy sports platform alongside many sports betting markets. Though its retail sportsbook has been up and running for over four years, the DraftKings sportsbook app is not yet available to Mississippi bettors.

The minimum age for all types of gambling in Mississippi is 21. This includes pari-mutuel horse wagering, daily fantasy sports, and the state lottery, which many other states permit from the age of 18. The only form of gambling available to bettors aged 18-20 is charitable bingo.

Currently, only two Mississippi sports betting apps are available: PRR Sports and BetMGM. PRR Sports is available at both Pearl River Resort facilities (Silver Star and Golden Moon) and Bok Homa Casino.

Meanwhile, BetMGM offers mobile sports betting from its Gold Strike and Beau Rivage sportsbooks. Neither app will work outside the retail sportsbook, and both apps use geolocation technology to verify that you’re physically present in the venue.

There are 30 casinos in Mississippi, and more than 25 have a retail sportsbook. You can find retail sportsbooks from betting giants like DraftKings, Caesars, FanDuel, and William Hill, and you can even wager from a mobe device when you visit a BetMGM betting facility. All three of the state’s tribal casinos offer an IGT with a compatible PRR Sports app. You can find a full list of Mississippi sportsbooks further up the page.

The Mississippi Gaming Commission (MGC) licenses and regulates all sports betting in Mississippi. To open a retail sportsbook, a casino must apply for a license from the MGC and meet the Commission’s strict player safety and data protection requirements.

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