Southern Gaming Summit

The Southern Gaming Summit is taking place at the Beau Rivage. The hot topic centers around bringing sports betting to the state of Mississippi.

What seemed like a dream could become reality soon. Imagine walking into a Coast casino and betting on your favorite pro or college team. Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association Executive Director Larry Gregory said, “Everybody knows, I think within a month, the Supreme Court will rule and Mississippi is ready to go when that decision comes.”

Mississippi, among other states, hopes to join Nevada, the only place in the United States where bettors can wager on a variety of sports using a sports book. Global Gaming Business Magazine Publisher Roger Gros said, “Each state will decide whether they want it in their state. I’m sure Mississippi will decide they want it to be legalized. So, hopefully, we will see sports betting maybe by the Super Bowl of next year.”

Both Gros and Gregory believe sports betting will attract more locals and tourists to the casino, allowing them to enjoy the same experience as one would in the state of Nevada. “It brings excitement to the casinos. It brings people to the casinos. In Las Vegas, when it’s the Super Bowl or March Madness, there’s thousands and thousands of people that come in and jam the sports books because it’s just an exciting place to be,” said Gros.

“That’s what we want. Visitors are going to stay here at the casinos. They are going to eat and most likely gamble when they are sports betting,” said Gregory.

It seems like casinos on the Gulf Coast are ready to roll the dice once the Supreme Court rules toward the end of next month, hoping for more than just beginner’s luck. “That’s it. We are waiting on the decision. Once that comes down, we will pull the trigger and be ready to go,” said Gregory.

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