Mississippi Daily Fantasy Sports
In 2016, a bill was passed allowing for Mississippi daily fantasy sports. This was done in order to raise money for the state, which has placed an 8% tax on revenues from sites. This means that residents of The Magnolia State can enter contests at the largest operator. See below for details on the available details and pros and cons of the best fantasy sports sites Mississippi has access to.
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- Mississippi State Government
- Mississippi Gaming Commission
- Mississippi Department of Revenue
- Biloxi Sun Herald
Gambling Laws in Mississippi
In the state of Mississippi, land-based casinos are legal, meaning that there are regulated establishments in the state as well as riverboat casinos. Some of these are now also allowed to accept sports bets. Daily fantasy sports are also allowed, with the state collecting revenue in the form of tax on the gambling companies.
However, there are no legal online casino sites; the only internet bets allowed in the state are required to be placed through portals only accessible on site. Online poker is treated the same. Read through the following sections to find out the specific situations for each form of gambling in Mississippi.
Mississippi Sports Betting
The majority of casinos in Mississippi accept sports bets and have done since very briefly after the repealing of the federal ban on sports betting in the US. Currently, there are discussions happening in the Magnolia State regarding extending the legality of sports betting. However, right now you can only make sports bets from inside a licensed casino.
Mississippi Online Casinos
While there are various land-based and riverboat casinos operating in Mississippi, there is a strict prohibition of online gambling. It is possible that this will change in the future, but at the time of writing, there are no bills working their way through the system. Any sites that tell you that you can gamble online legally in Mississippi should be treated as scams.
Just as with online casinos, online poker is illegal. You may play the card game for money in licensed premises, but currently there are no legal poker websites. As with the other state laws, this may change, so feel free to check back on this page to keep up with all the industry changes.
Mississippi is one of only a handful of states that does not currently operate a charitable state lottery. The recent history of this is a little complicated. On 27th August 2018, the Senate voted against a bill that would legalize lotteries in the state. Just one day later, they voted in favor of creating a new bill to do just that. As such, the decision on how to proceed currently rests with the state governor.
History of Gambling in Mississippi
The state has a long history of gambling, with heydays of riverboat casinos sailing down the Mississippi river. In more recent years, the state has enjoyed the status of being a haven for resort casinos in the South. See the table below to learn more about the history of gambling in Mississippi.
|1861||At the outbreak of the civil war, all riverboat casinos are outlawed in Mississippi.|
|1989||Riverboat casinos are once again permitted and begin operating once more.|
|1992||The first land-based casino licenses are issued in the state.|
|1993||The Mississippi Gaming Commission is founded, taking over responsibility over gambling in the state from the Mississippi Department of Revenue.|
|2018||The state sees its first sports bets accepted on casino premises.|
|2018||A bill legalizing a state lottery is defeated in the Senate, while another vote passes just a day later advocating for a legal lottery.|
Mississippi State Facts
The “buckle of the bible belt” and the birthplace of blues music, the proud state of Mississippi is full of culture, contrasts and there’s lots of interesting trivia. The state has more churches per capita than any other, and the state is home to the only federal research center for marijuana. On a less contentious note, root beer was invented in the state in 1898, and the state is responsible for the coinage of the term “teddy bear” in response to an anecdote about Theodore Roosevelt refusing to kill a bear.
|Biggest Offline Gambling Location||Island View Casino Resort|
|Gambling Commissioner||The Mississippi Gaming Commission|
|Spoken Languages||English 96.4%, Spanish 1.9%, French 0.4%|
|Biggest Local Sports Team||Mississippi State Bulldogs|
|Mississippi Tax Authority||Department of Revenue|
|Link to the State Law||http://www.sos.ms.gov/Education-Publications/Pages/Mississippi-Code.aspx|
|Gambling Winning Tax||3%|
|State Website Link||https://www.ms.gov/|
|Famous Local Gamblers||Tyler Smith|
Gambling Age in Mississippi
Each state in the union is able to set its own minimum age for entering a land-based casino or gambling online when this is permitted by state law. In Mississippi, you must be 21 in order to enter a casino and place any bets, whether on the in-house games or via their internet portals. To drink alcohol, you must also be at least 21 years of age. The use of marijuana is strictly prohibited.
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Responsible Gambling and Addiction Prevention
There are a few organizations out there that look out for Mississippians who experience problems with gambling. If you find that your gambling habits are beginning to affect your life negatively or you are worried that you may not be able to control your betting, it’s best to head over to the National Council on Problem Gambling to find details on how to get support. You will find contact details for Mississippi residents on that page.
Upcoming Regulation and Expected Changes
Gambling advocates are still waiting with bated breath for further legislation in the industry, specifically laws that will allow online casinos and online sports betting. The hope is that players will be permitted to place bets from anywhere, rather than just from casinos premises. Also in the works are laws allowing for a state lottery. At the moment, the state Senate has voted in favor of creating a lottery bill. This is now with the state governor, Phil Bryant, so a decision should come soon. Check back here to find out if there are any new updates.