Now that the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a decades-old ban on sports betting, Mississippi will likely be the first state to take advantage of the ruling. State gambling officials confidently believe most of Mississippi's current casinos will be offering sports betting before the end of June.
To clear up ambiguities in the state's gambling laws related to the regulation of fantasy sports, Mississippi lawmakers quietly made sports betting legal over a year ago. However, under the revised law, the bet must be placed inside a casino. Nonetheless, the state's casinos could not cash in on the Mississippi law as the activity was still illegal under federal law.
With the Supreme Court's decision to lift the sports betting ban, casinos in Mississippi are gearing up to start taking bets as soon as possible. Per a report from the Sun Herald, the Golden Nugget in Biloxi has been anticipating the Supreme Court ruling for some time now and predicts legal sports betting will be a huge help economically to the area, especially since no other surrounding state allows the activity.
"We've been exploring options and locations for at least the past two months expecting it to happen," said Golden Nugget general manager Chett Harrison. "It's definitely going to be a good boost for Mississippi."