The casino industry has greatly shaped the Mississippi Gulf Coast and with sports betting on the rise, the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce chose to have the executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission speak at their legislative luncheon.
Allen Godfrey spoke to members of the chamber of commerce and other community members on the overall history of the gaming industry in Mississippi and how sports betting will fall into that history.
Godfrey says every casino on the Gulf Coast has at least shown interest with only one not having a sports book up and running or in the works. “It’s huge. It’s big, a lot of excitement. They’re starting out small, most of them are starting out small with an investment and their anticipation is it will grow which will mean more investment and reinvestment in their properties and based on what I’ve seen it is generating additional foot traffic.”
Sports betting officially opened at the Hard Rock today as well as Boomtown Casino and Hollywood Casino. The Beau Rivage and IP Casino have already been taking sports bets. The Palace and Harrah’s sports books open Monday.