When one mentions Mississippi and gambling, images come to mind of steam-powered riverboat casinos making their way down the river.
However, for much of its recent history, Mississippi was very dry for gamblers. In recent years though, players can enjoy a plethora of casinos, many of them with poker rooms, or even charity gaming. There is, however, no horse racing betting, lottery or legal social games here.
When it comes to Union sports betting legislation, what Union seems to have done is to make betting on any game illegal, other than dog fights, a somewhat interesting choice to say the least. State legislation has inserted a lot of very specific information on penalties and exemptions.
The main definition is as follows:
“SEC. 97-33-1. Betting, gaming or wagering; exception from prohibition; penalty.
If any person shall encourage, promote or play at any game, play or amusement, other than a fight or fighting match between dogs, for money or other valuable thing, or shall wager or bet, promote or encourage the wagering or betting of any money or other valuable things, upon any game, play, amusement… “
In 2017, sports betting was actually legalized in Union (HB 967). In June 2018, the Mississippi Gaming Commission adopted regulations regarding sports wagering and licensed gaming operators can now apply for a license to offer sports wagering.
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians was the first tribe to open sports wagering operations. In 2019, the Mississippi state legislature introduced HB 1481/SB 2667 to legalize online/mobile gaming. However, the measure failed. Mobile gambling for Union residents who gamble on sports might become a reality in 2020 as well.