On Wednesday, Mississippi will become the third state to begin offering legal sports gambling since the Supreme Court’s ruling.
The Magnolia State put legislation for legalized sports betting in place in 2017, when lawmakers passed a bill to allow it if the federal ban was lifted.
That happened in May, and on Aug. 1 at noon, two Mississippi casinos — the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi and Gold Strike Casino in Tunica — will begin accepting sports bets.
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The first wagers will be made by former NFL players Willis McGahee and Robert Royal, along with oddsmaker Danny Sheridan, and Larry Gregory, the former director of the Mississippi Gaming Comission. Following those wagers, sports betting will be open to the public.
Mississippi will join Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware as the only states to allow legalized sports betting.