Summary: The Pearl River Resort is preparing to launch a sports betting app, a first for the state of Mississippi.
Mississippi is one of the first states to begin offering full service sports betting in the United States after the US Supreme Court ruled in May 2018 that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act is no longer valid. Sports betting has taken off across the nation with several states already offering online wagering as well as land-based options. This week it was announced that the Pearl River Resort will become the first casino in Mississippi to offer a mobile application designed specifically for sports betting.
On-site Application Only
One drawback to the new application set to launch at the casino for sports betting is that it will only work on-site. Players will only be able to use the app if they on the premises. The gaming regulations in the state prevent any online wagering outside of a host property.
While there is the stipulation, the Pearl River Resort expects the application to do well. Management has pointed out that the value of the app is that patrons will not have to be in the sportsbook to place wagers. No longer will there be a need to wait in line to place a bet.
In an interview, the sportsbook director for the facility, Chris Hopwood, commented that on Saturday and Sunday, the facility is quite busy. During the college football season, the weekends were jam packed with lines forming for wagers to be placed. With the new app, there will no longer be a need to wait in line which will mean more wagers placed and happy customers. Hopwood pointed out that players can post wagers within their hotel room, or from anywhere onsite.
Details about the application have been hush-hush. The name and launch date have yet to be revealed as well as how the app can provide wagering. However, we do know that the app will be available for Android and iOS users. In-game proposition betting will be made available so guests will be able to vot on their favorite props during sports games, according to Hopwood.
With the Pearl River Resort announcing the upcoming application, it comes as a surprise to the industry. Other big name players are in operation in the state, including MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment. It is odd that the tribal property was able to launch before their competitors, but they most likely wanted to get a jump start on their online gaming options.
Interestingly enough, the property is actually home to not one but three casinos. The Silver Star Casino, Golden Moon Casino and Bok Homa Casino are all located within the resort. There is one sportsbook, the Timeout Lounge, which is located at the Golden Moon. With one sportsbook, the lines would certainly get busy when it comes to placing sports bets.
Each of the three casinos stay busy so having the new app in action will give players the ability to be at any casino and place a sports wager. With the launch, Mississippi will join just three other states that offer applications for sports wagering. West Virginia, Nevada and New Jersey are the only ones currently offering such sports betting options.