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- Mississippi’s Gaming Commission passed sports gaming regulations on Thursday, paving the way for the state’s casinos to begin offering sports betting.
- The new regulations will go into effect in 30 days, meaning casino sportsbooks will open for business on July 21.
- According to reports, traditional professional and collegiate sporting events will be offered with no restrictions.
Mississippi will begin offering legalized sports betting in July, according to a report from the Clarion-Ledger. Sports betting regulations were passed by the state’s Gaming Commission on Thursday and will take effect in 30 days, setting July 21 as the first day for legal sports wagering.
Unlike other states, the report expresses that nothing is off limits in Mississippi regarding traditional sporting events, including games played by colleges and/or at venues within the state.
The new regulations will also allow for online betting, but with a big caveat. Bettors who open special casino accounts can wager online, but must be on hotel/casino property to place sports bets.
Online/mobile wagering continues to be a very popular conversation among both bettors and potential operators, and states like Rhode Island will not initially allow it. On the other hand, mobile wagering is not yet permitted in New Jersey, but is expected in the near future.