Mississippi Legislature

  • Mississippi mobile sports betting bill died in committee.
  • Representative Casey Eure is still an advocate of getting it done.
  • Mississippi sportsbooks could lose customers to Louisiana’s mobile market.

JACKSON, Miss. – Despite several attempts from Mississippi lawmakers to open the doors for mobile Mississippi sports betting, it appears that 2022 will not be the year in which that happens.

Mississippi Mobile Betting Not Happening This Year

Last week the chairman of the MS House Gaming Committee, Representative Casey Eure, claimed that the bill trying to push Mississippi mobile sports betting received opposition from five different local casinos.

“I think we’ve hit a roadblock,” said Eure.

HB 184 died in committee on Tuesday, along with Mississippi’s hopes of seeing mobile sports betting options in 2022.

Eure is still hopeful that it can be done in the future, saying “me personally — I would love to see it.”

Cross-State Competition

In January, Mississippi’s neighboring state of Louisiana launched their own mobile sports betting market.

To the north, Arkansas lawmakers are also working to approve a mobile sports betting market, which should happen sometime later this year.

It’s more than likely that Mississippi residents near the state border will simply crossover to place their sports wagers in Louisiana instead of traveling to a land-based casino in their own state.

This competition from both Louisiana and Arkansas throughout the rest of 2022 could be enough to spark some more movement in the Mississippi legal sports betting market and may see mobile sports betting back on the agenda in 2023.

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