When gambling in the United States is the topic, the first thoughts that usually spring to mind are Las Vegas, extravagant casinos and an endless aisle of slot machines dropping coins in the dispenser, but outside of Sin City lives a reality about gambling that not many Americans are aware of. 

Each state has its own laws and regulations that determine what’s legal and what’s not regarding gambling and it’s only until recently that the debate of online betting has been taken into congress for consideration.

We’ll delve a little deeper into the gambling laws in Mississippi to ensure people residing in the state have a better understanding of the legal landscape and the possibility of any updates in the near future.

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Is Online Gambling Legal in Mississippi?

Land-based casinos are allowed to operate in Mississippi with a full range of games, from the top online slots to table games and everything in between. Tribal casinos are still a big thing in Mississippi and many riverboat casinos have been docked and fully operational for a couple of years. 

Online gambling is still some way off in Mississippi and is not legal within the state.

Live poker is allowed in Mississippi and players looking to engage in poker tournaments, cash games or sit n’ goes can do so in one of the many poker rooms available located inside the land-based casinos but online poker remains illegal. 

A bill to legalize online poker was drafted back in 2012 but never materialized and there wasn’t another attempt to regulate it ever since.

Sports betting was strictly prohibited in any shape or form in Mississippi but as of August 2018, it’s been legalized but only permitted if wagered at land-based casinos

It’s a start, and sports fans who want to try their luck can head down to Tunica or Biloxi to place wagers on a number of sports but for punters to benefit from competitive odds. 

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Giuseppe Faraone

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