Pearl River Resort located in Choctaw, Mississippi has earned the name for becoming the first casino resort of Magnolia States to introduce a sportsbook following the mid-May lifting of the federal ban on sports betting and the legalization of the activity in Mississippi.
First Tribal Casino outside Nevada
This property is owned and managed by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and an inauguration ceremony was held recently of its sports betting facility, the newest addition to its current gambling products. The launch of the sportsbook came after the Choctaw Gaming Commission nodded for new sports betting law to offer Pearl River Resort the green signal to run a wagering facility. It is important to know that the sportsbook is the first tribal casino to be launched outside Nevada after the recent US Supreme Court ruling to lift a long-standing ban on wagering on sports.
This recently launched Timeout Lounge at Gold Moon Casino is located at the Choctaw-based resort. It offers 20 televisions, three wagering stations enabling the customers to place in-person bets, a bar having charging hub for mobile devices, 12 odds boards displaying scores and others game details and many other standard amenities.
In addition, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has also confirmed plans to introducing mobile betting to allow visitors of Pearl River Resort to place bets anywhere on casino grounds.
Mississippi third State to Legalize Betting
Mississippi being the third state to legalize and introduce sports betting after Delaware and New Jersey. Gold Strike Casino in Tunica and the casino Beau Rivage Resort & Casino located in Biloxi were the initial two casinos to be introduced with simultaneously with sportsbooks. In addition, the two MGM-owned gambling centers were also launched with wagering facilities on August 1.
It is noteworthy that Mississippi is the only state in the south-eastern part of the United States where sports betting is not illegal and has already been offered by local gambling venues. It is impacting the neighboring states also for the legalization of wagering on professional and collegiate sports leagues, but no chance of any initiative being taken in this issue before next year. By that time, Mississippi will keep acquitting some momentum and experience in this field and will be to react to competition properly.
Flexible Laws Make It Possible for Tribes to Join the Sports Betting League
Mississippi’s tribes are not able to play sports betting and almost immediately after its legalization in the state. Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, federally recognized tribes are allowed to provide Class III gambling services and products including sports betting so long the state they reside permits such products.
As already mentioned, Pearl River Resort is planning to launch mobile betting on the property. Here mobile betting will also be available even off-property. Mississippi betting customers will only be able to place wagers via their mobile devices even if they are at the gambling property.