As the market for sports betting continues to expand on the Mississippi Gulf Coast so does the education process on how to gamble responsibly.
Tonight about 40 members from Coast Young Professionals hosted an engage and educate event at the Beau Rivage focused on March Madness and the impact of sports betting.
Since opening its sports book in August, the Beau has handled about 50 million dollars in wagers, yielding about a four percent profit of that total.
The event’s keynote speaker was Race and Sportsbook Manager Will Hall who says adapting to the sports betting industry has a learning curve for all parties involved. “Well, I’ve noticed they’ve done better since we started out. It was so new when we first opened I saw some struggles. And the thing too, not only with the fans, with my staff, because it’s all new to them. They weren’t exposed to it either. But they’ve done great, the fans have done great and I think together we’re going forward.”
Biloxi Shuckers Sales Executive Kory DuMond said, “I mean I think everyone pretty much that bets is a fan in some respect. I guess myself being in the unique situation of working for a minor league baseball team, that’s probably not something I would myself get involved in. But certainly free to bet on some other sports and just being down here and being around all of the atmosphere and the action is certainly enjoyable.”
Hall also says the Beau Rivage will tear down its current sportsbook setup after the first week of March Madness to make way for a multi-million dollar remodeling project that should be open by the start of football season.