Since 1992, there has been a federal ban on state-sanctioned sports betting around the United States. The specific piece of legislation was called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act and was enacted during George H. W. Bush’ term as president.
This law kept sports betting illegal for the last 26 years, until in mid-May of 2018 the Supreme Court struck down the ban, leading to a rush by many states to allow state-sanctioned sports betting, and reaping the hefty tax rewards that results from it. A few of the first states to propose their own legalizing measures of sports gambling were Delaware, New Jersey, and Mississippi.
Mississippi took a little longer than the other two to get their approval for sports gambling, but on August 1st at noon local time, the state’s casinos began taking sports wagers on various sporting events. A monumental time for many sports fans, as well as common bettors. Many casinos saw large spikes in action the very first day that legalization went into effect, and much of the rush still hasn’t slowed as the sports books are still doing big business throughout Mississippi, and the rest of the country for that matter.
If you’re a sports bettor living around the Mississippi area, there are a number of places to choose from to place your daily sports betting wagers against the spread. Among the first local sports books to accept bets in the area were the Gold Strike Casino in Tunica and Beau Rivage in Biloxi. These were two of the more popular casino spots before the ban on state sanctioned sports betting was lifted, but now that they accept wagers on individual sporting events, as well as in-state college games, these casinos have transformed into big time, successful sports books.
Some experts have suggested that around $750 to $800 million will be wagered on sporting events in Mississippi sports books, alone, as the sports betting landscape matures in the area. With that much money being wagered on sports, the state will benefit greatly from a surge of tax dollars flowing into local governments. Jon Price who is heard live on the radio throughout the state has been giving out betting picks on the radio and is 8-1 so far this season with his radio betting picks courtesy of his company Sports Information Traders who can be heard on 105.9 the Zone.
Besides the two most popular sports books previously mentioned, there’s still a plethora of other options to wager on sports around the Mississippi area. A few worth checking out are the 1st Jackpot Casino, Ameristar Casino and Hotel, Beau Rivage Resort, Boomtown Casino, Golden Nugget, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hawlow’s Casino, Harrah’s Gulf Coast, Hollywood Casino, Horshoe Casino and Hotel, IP Casino Resort, Island View Casino, Pearl River Resort, Sam’s Town, Treasure Bay, WaterView Casino, and many more.
In addition to the many casinos and hotels with sports betting options, there’s also the tribal casinos like Bok Homa Casino, Golden Moon Hotel and Casino, and the Silver Star Casino. All of these casinos are decent choices for you to put some action down on your favorite sports team next time you’re in the Mississippi area and looking to make a quick sports wager.