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Mobile sports betting bills fail in Mississippi

Jake Patel
Posted on February 8, 2019

Legislation to legalize mobile and online sports betting across the state of Mississippi has been unsuccessful.

Two bills that would authorize mobile sports betting, HB 1481 and SB 2667, were introduced in January by lawmakers in the state.

Both of the bills missed Tuesday’s deadline to advance from committee stages. This means that sports betting in Mississippi will still be restricted to land-based casinos in the state.

Senator Willie Simmons, who introduced SB 2667, told The J.T. Show on Supertalk Mississippi that he will continue with legislative efforts for sports betting.

Simmons said: “We think as we move forward, we’re going to continue to look at that because it would generate dollars and additions we need for the state.”

Although the bills were unsuccessful there is still a possibility in the future that lawmakers will push to authorize mobile sports betting in the state.

Mobile sports betting has proven to be both popular among punters and beneficial to the states that offer it.

New Jersey’s sports betting market is currently dominated by online and mobile sportsbook operations such as FanDuel and DraftKings.

At the moment Mississippi law authorizes mobile sports betting if conducted on casino property.

In recent weeks, the Pearl River Resort in Mississippi announced that there are plans to launch a mobile sports betting app.