Mississippi legal sports betting is not quite ready to commence

Jul 22, 2018 7:36 AM

The Word from Mississippi is that legal sports betting, expected to begin this weekend, is not quite ready to commence in the Magnolia State.

The Mississippi Gaming Commission approved sports betting regulations for the state on June 21st, initially setting a 30-day waiting period before wagering could begin, however, no casino has announced a firm opening date, as yet, apparently delayed by the need for individual approval from the Mississippi Gaming Commission, training employees and other operational issues.

Prospective sportsbook operators in the state casinos along the Gulf Coast say the focus is now on football season rather than an earlier opening.

State regulations are allowing wagering on local Southeast Conference (SEC) schools, Mississippi and Mississippi State and a large influx of bettors in neighboring Louisiana are expected to journey to the now legal enterprise just next door. 

Casinos in the Coastal Region submitting paperwork to provide sports betting services, include the Palace Casino, Beau Rivage, Harrah’s Gulf Coast, Hollywood Casino, and Boomtown Biloxi, according to local reports