Casinos advertise for sportsbook personnel in Mississippi
June 23, 2018 6:35 AM
by Robert Mann
As expected, the Mississippi Gaming Commission Thursday approved sports betting regulations in a move that could result in some state casinos taking sports bets in as few as 30 days.
No new legislation was needed to legalize sports betting in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the federal law prohibiting Nevada-style sports betting in mid-May. Local operators had been awaiting state regulators’ approval of a framework for what is expected to generate brisk business from vacationers and nearby residents of Louisiana and Florida, the two neighboring states that are months and, perhaps, years away from offering sports betting.
The 22-page document lacks any payment structure for the professional sports leagues.
“The tax rate (on sports betting revenue) will be 12 percent — 8 percent going to the state, 4 percent local tax, which is the same as every other gaming tax in Mississippi,” Allen Godfrey, Executive Director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, told the website sportshandle.com.
Bettors, unlike those in New Jersey and Delaware, the two states already taking sports bets, will be able to bet on local teams, including SEC members, The University of Mississippi and Mississippi State.
Mobile apps and online sports betting, two features that have helped fuel the recent sports betting growth spurt in Nevada, will be legal in “only within an approved casino and hotel facility on mobile devices as approved by the Executive Director.”
MGM has already said they would open sportsbooks at their two state casino/ resorts as soon as possible. Caesars is now advertising for sportsbook personnel in the state for their properties. Additionally, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw, the local tribal owner/operator of two state casinos, say they will take sports bets as soon as ready. It’s unclear if the Choctaw will be able to operate a mobile betting platform away from its physical locations. Observers believe this depends on how broadly the tribe’s exemption from most state laws on its sovereign tribal lands is interpreted.