MGM Resorts’ next sports wagering operation in Mississippi
June 21, 2018 9:22 AM
by Robert Mann
MGM Resorts International expects to open its next sports wagering operation in Mississippi, according to Jay Rood, the company’s vice- president for race and sports.
Rood, who presided over the company’s successful opening at the Borgata last week in Atlantic City, told the Vegas Stats & Information Network’s (VSiN) Brent Musburger Wednesday that he has personnel in Mississippi supervising training in hopes of taking bets by August, if not sooner.
MGM currently operates major properties in Tunica and Biloxi, along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. A Mississippi tribal gaming operation, the Choctaw Nation, announced last week it wanted to start taking bets as soon as possible. Caesars Entertainment, another major Mississippi gaming operator, has now begun advertising for sportsbook jobs at its state casinos.
Mississippi has 30 commercial casinos on the Gulf Coast, with some just an hour’s drive from New Orleans. It also is home to three tribal casinos. The Mississippi Gaming Commission’s proposed rules on sports wagering have yet to be officially enacted, but approval is expected in the next few weeks.
The Choctaw Nation has not yet divulged if it would attempt to “risk manage” its sportsbook operation itself or what wagering platform it might use.