Summary: Having launched sports betting this week, the Pearl River Resort becomes the first tribal run casino offering the activity outside the state of Nevada.
After the United States Supreme Court decided to rule that states could begin to legalize sports betting back in May, lawmakers wasted no time getting regulations in place to offer the option. Mississippi was one of the first states to pass legislation and one of the first to begin offering wagers on sports to their residents and visitors. Just this week, the Pearl River Resort of Choctaw began providing sports betting services, the first tribal operated venue to do outside of the state of Nevada.
Sports Betting Launch
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians operates the casino, which hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday to commemorate the new offering. The sports betting facility is now fully operational and offers players the ability to place wagers on a variety of sports genres. The launch comes just a short time after the Choctaw Gaming Commission gave their approval for new sports betting regulations which allowed the venue to begin offering the new option.
The casino operator decided to place the sports book within the Gold Moon Casino with the title Timeout Lounge. The lounge has twenty televisions where sports fans can watch the big games after placing their wagers. There are three wagering stations on offer, making it easy for visitors to place bets. The bar of the lounge has charging stations for mobile devices which will come in handy as players are going to be able to take part in mobile betting soon.
The tribe has announced that they plan on offering mobile betting so that visitors of the Pearl River Resort will be able to place bets from anywhere on-site. With mobile betting, the resort will be able to offer their visitors even more. Players will be more likely to take part in the mobile wagering if they are more apt to play casino games and not wanting to spend all their time in the sports book.
Third State to Offer Sports Betting
Mississippi became the third state to get in on the sports betting action, launching services soon after Delaware and New Jersey. The first two casinos in the state to offer services were the Gold Strike Casino of Tunica and the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino located in Biloxi. Properties owned by MGM launched their services when August arrived.
Mississippi is the only state in the south to currently offer sports betting. With the NCAA season kicking off and the NFL not far behind, the gaming venues of the state are sure to see visitors from Alabama, Tennessee and other nearby states get in on the sports betting action. The state should be able to gain a good stronghold in the new industry and earn quite a bit during their first few months of operation.
It is interesting to note that tribes in Mississippi are able to provide sports betting services due to their existing state compact. The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act notes that tribes who are federally recognized can offer Class III products which would include sports betting, if the state in which they are located allows such options, which Mississippi does.
It will be interesting to watch in the coming months how well the state does in the new sports betting industry. It will not be surprising to see millions added in monthly gaming revenues as players begin taking advantage of the new gambling option.