Online casinos aren’t legal in Mississippi, but the state has had land-based casinos since the early 1990s.
Current Gambling Laws in Mississippi
Mississippi has had legal casino gambling since 1990. Mississippi also runs some of the biggest poker tournaments in the US at casinos like Beau Rivage and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi.
However, in 2020 there are no laws regulating or permitting online casino games. Sports betting is permitted online, but gamblers must be logged on in person at a licensed casino.
Timeline of Mississippi Online Casino Legislation:
- 1990: Mississippi Legislature permits casino gambling in dockside casinos. 2017: A law criminalizing sports betting is overturned
- 2018: Supreme Court throws out the PASPA, opening the way for Mississippi to legalize sportsbooks
- 2018: Sports betting laws are passed, giving the Mississippi Gaming Commission the freedom to issue licenses. Online gambling is permitted, but only in person at retail sportsbooks
- 2018-2019: Up to 30 land-based sportsbooks open in Mississippi.
- 2019: Mississippi legalizes Daily Fantasy Sports contests online
Top Casinos in Mississippi
- Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi
- Harrah’s Gulf Coast
- Hollywood Casino & Hotel Tunica
- Golden Nugget Biloxi Hotel & Casino
- Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
The Mississippi Gaming Control Act of 1990 paved the way for brick and mortar casinos in the Magnolia State. Mississippi now has around 30 brick and mortar casinos in operation. Virtually all casinos in the state have deals with existing sportsbooks.
Major MS casinos include – see list above.
Online Casino in Mississippi
With no online casino legislation on the cards, what operators could finally launch in Mississippi?
Luckily for casino gamblers, some of the biggest US gambling operators already have a foothold in Mississippi. Golden Nugget operate the sportsbook at Golden Nugget Biloxi Hotel & Casino while BetAmerica run the sportsbook at Harlow’s Casino Resort.
Other software casino operators with a presence in Mississippi include:
- William Hill
- Golden Nugget
Casino Games to Play in Mississippi
When online casinos launch, you’ll be able to play a range of slots, table games, and instant-win games. Like brick and mortar casinos in MS, you will have access to games from the largest developers in the US. Local flavors like Mississippi Stud and Ultimate Texas Hold’em are also available.
- Video slots
- Progressive slots
- Video poker
- Midi/Mini baccarat
- Three Card Poker
- Mississippi Stud
- Ultimate Texas Hold’em
Mississippi Online Casino FAQs
Can I play online casino games in Mississippi?
No. Under current law, only sports betting is permitted online and via mobile phones in Mississippi. Land-based casino games have been legal in MS since the early 1990s.
How old do I have to be to play casino games?
You must be 21 or over to play real money table games and slots at brick and mortar casinos in Mississippi.
It is legal to make sports bets through mobile apps in Mississippi. However, you must be physically located at a retail sportsbook in the state to log on and make wagers.
This is a grey area because it is not clearly stated as illegal or legal in Mississippi. If you choose online, make sure it is a reputable one.