Mississippi Online Sports Betting

Mississippi Gambling Laws

Mississippi is one of the liberal and progressive gambling states with existing options for both land-based and online betting. Thanks to a large bricks-and-mortar gambling industry, the gaming center Tunica, Mississippi is one of the three largest gambling regions in the country – only behind Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

Legal sports betting became a reality when casinos in Biloxi and Tunica started accepting sports bets in August 2018. Currently, all sports betting may only take place at authorized land-based casinos. Online sports betting is yet to be legalized in Mississippi.

Mississippi permits some forms of online betting, most notably Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). Given the state’s open approach to most other forms of gaming, it seems as if it is only a matter of time until Mississippi becomes another online sports betting state.

Legality of Sports Betting VS Gambling

The state of Mississippi offers the gambling aficionados a wide of legal options; DFS, land-based sports betting, casinos, live poker, a state lottery and charitable gambling. Strangely for a state with a liberal attitude towards gaming has no legal options for betting on horses, whether online or at the track.

Sports & Gambling Type Legal Land-Based Legal Online
Sports Betting Yes No
Casinos Yes No
Fantasy Sports (DFS) N/A Yes
eSports Yes No
Poker Yes No
Horse Racing No No
Lottery Yes No
Charitable Gambling Yes No

Mississippi Sports Betting Tax Rates

Mississippi’s State Gambling Tax is one of the lowest in the nation at 3% on general winnings and 8% for sports betting winnings.

Large gambling wins over $600 in the state of Mississippi may possibly attract an additional Federal Tax.

Contact your tax attorney to assess your potential Federal tax liability if you have a big win in Mississippi.

Sports betting Age VS Gambling Age in Mississippi

As Sports Betting is only available currently in Mississippi’s casinos, the legal gaming age to place a sports wager is 21. Casinos & DFS both have 21 years-of-age limits, while all other forms of gaming in Mississippi have an 18 years-of-age limit.

Sports & Gambling Type Age
Sports Betting 21 (land based)
DFS 21
Casinos 21
Horse Racing N/A
Lottery 18
Charitable Gambling 18

Betting on Sports in Mississippi

We’re now pleased to advise that the answer to everyone’s first question; ‘is sports betting legal in Mississippi?’, is now an emphatic ‘Yes!’

Within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court voting to legalize sports betting in the USA on May 2018, the Mississippi Gaming Commission immediately released draft regulations to govern sports betting. After a 30-day review period, those regulations went into effect and licensed gaming operators began applying to offer sports betting.

Regulators spent the next few weeks preparing for the launch of sports betting and the first sports wagers in Mississippi history were placed on August 1, 2018 in 5 of the state’s casinos.

Once the law is totally rolled out, all of Mississippi’s 30 riverboat and land-based casino properties under the purview of the state’s gaming commission will be able to offer sportsbooks that are all expected to be approved for sports betting.

Mississippi Online Sports Betting Laws

As online gambling legislation is currently written and applied in Mississippi, current laws limit gambling to those physically present in a licensed casino.

Electronic sports betting is permissible under the law, but only if conducted on-site. No mobile or online wagering can take place off the grounds of a casino. To date, none of the casinos applied to run mobile online sports betting on cell phones or other mobile devices. When (and if) they do, mobile sports betting is expected to be restricted to inside casino grounds.

However, DFS sites are all open to accept online players from the state of Mississippi.

Online Fantasy Sports in Mississippi

Fantasy sports betting has long been considered to be exempt from any form of U.S. federal legislation as it has been assessed to be widely considered a contest of skill, not a gambling game of chance.

Some U.S. states prohibit fantasy sports, however, Mississippi never moved to put an end to the popular DFS competitions. Quite conversely as a matter of fact, for in 2017, Mississippi State Legislators passed legislation (HB 967) to formally legalize, recognize and regulate fantasy sports as ‘contests of skill not chance’.

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) sites must be licensed to operate in Mississippi and are subject to numerous consumer protection regulations. Requirements include;

  • All sites be licensed,
  • Players must be over 18 years of age
  • DFS sites cannot offer fantasy contests based on collegiate level sports events or any other youth sports matches for residents or citizens of Mississippi. (Unlike other states that have a specific ban on all amateur sports, Olympic sports are permissible for DFS competitions under Mississippi law.)
  • DFS site employees are ineligible to play in Mississippi.
  • All DFS sites must be subject to independent audits and take steps to prevent problem gambling occurring as well as offering advice and assistance if/when it does occur that they keep players’ funds in a separate account from operator funds (in order to protect customers’ deposits).

Online Players had been able to play DFS online in Mississippi for years prior to the 2017 legislation and little has altered now for the players. The biggest DFS sites are all currently authorized to continue holding real money contests in Mississippi.

Esports Online Betting Laws

As part of the suite of sports now legal for betting in Mississippi’s casinos since August 1 2018, eSports is one of the latest and greatest ways to help turn a win at the state’s legal sportsbooks.

Why ‘eSports’ are so popular right now

eSports has basically turned professional video game playing at the very highest level into a full-fledged professional sport. Rarely played at an individual level, it’s most played by teams across different leagues and tournaments.

The electronic games themselves are like different sports types, in some ways. For example, in eSports, League of Legends and Fortnite, are equivalent to football and baseball. In other words, eSports is the overall concept (like Sports), while the different game types are similar to the individual types of sports.

Betting on eSports continues to gain in popularity each year, with an increasing number of sportsbooks now offering a range of betting markets across all major eSports tournaments. In some U.S. states, it is eSports that is driving the change to sports betting legalization through legislation.

Look for eSports betting at your favorite Mississippi sportsbook.

Horse Racing in Mississippi

As yet, the first legal bets on horse racing have yet to be placed.

Legal experts are anticipating that the first legalized bets on horse racing in Mississippi could be placed in the coming months.

Trackside Betting

There are currently no horse or greyhound tracks in the state of Mississippi.

Off Track Betting (OTB) in Mississippi

Once betting on horse racing is fully legalized, it is anticipated that (as with sports betting) that the casinos of Mississippi will effectively become the state’s operating OTB’s.

Online Horse Racing in Mississippi

It is unclear at this stage if Online Betting on Horse Racing will be added to the suite of legal sports gambling products in Mississippi. We will carefully watch the situation unfold and update you accordingly.

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