Mississippi’s House Gaming Committee is currently working on a bill to legalize and regulate the mobile sports betting industry. Committee Chairman Casey Eure is heading the effort.

  • Mississippi’s House Gaming Committee has announced that they are working on a bill to legalize and regulate mobile sports betting.
  • The House Gaming Committee Chairman, Rep. Casey Eure, said that protecting brick and mortar sportsbooks was a priority when crafting the bill.

JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi sports bettors may soon be able to bet online at Mississippi-based sportsbooks, as the Mississippi House Gaming Committee has announced that they are currently working on a mobile sports betting bill.

Mississippi was one of the first states to launch sports betting following the overturn of PASPA, though legal sports betting is only available at land-based sportsbooks in the state.

One of the main sticking points for mobile sports betting legalization in Mississippi has been a desire to protect the state’s land-based sportsbooks. The Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Organization has long held the view that online sports betting will harm land-based sportsbooks’ bottom lines.

Rep. Casey Eure, chair of the House Gaming Committee, said of the matter: “When we pass mobile sports betting, we’ll do it the right way. I want to make sure we can protect our brick-and-mortars. If they want to team up with DraftKings or FanDuel, that’s fine.”

It seems as though the legislation, though still in the works, will prioritize land-based sportsbooks over mobile sportsbooks, and require them to be tethered to an already-licensed brick-and-mortar facility.

Part of the push to get a mobile sports betting bill past the finish line is the imminent launch of neighboring Louisiana’s mobile sports betting industry. Mississippi and Louisiana  have been locked into a battle over gaming revenue, with Louisiana’s mobile sports betting industry a selling point for the state’s gaming industry.

After speaking with the Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Organization, Eure is confident he will have a bill ready to propose to the House Gaming Committee by January 1, 2022.

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