Memorable moments in Mississippi sports are easy to find. Think of running back Walter Payton, a native of the town of Columbia, making incredible leaps across the goal line, or Kiln native Brett Favre launching an 81-yard pass to seal a Super Bowl win.

With a roster of amazing athletes ranging from these two gridiron stars to baseball player Will Clark and NBA guard Monta Ellis, sports and the Hospitality State have long gone hand in hand. And now fans from all around will have the opportunity to get even closer to the action, thanks to Mississippi’s new status as one of the only destinations in the country to offer legal sports betting. The first sports bets were placed in Mississippi casinos in August of 2018.

“This gives us a real competitive edge,” says Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast CEO Milton Segarra. “Most of the casinos have invested significantly in their facilities to accommodate the new sports betting opportunities, and the casinos’ new areas dedicated to sports betting are beautiful and full of technology to enhance the betting experience.”

Visiting fans are now able to make wagers on both college and professional games in football, baseball and basketball. Outside of Nevada, Mississippi is the only state that allows betting on in-state college teams, and only two other states—both in the Northeast—offer any form of sports betting.

Sports betting is available at casinos in Mississippi’s Delta, Pines, Coast and Capital/River regions, making it easy to find a nearby destination to dive into the action, no matter where you are in the state. The list of casinos offering sports betting includes Palace, Hard Rock, Beau Rivage, IP Casino, Harrah’s, Hollywood, Island View and Boomtown on the Coast; Magnolia Bluffs in Natchez; Resorts Casino, 1st Jackpot and Hollywood in Tunica; and Pearl River Resort in Choctaw.

“This state loves sports,” Segarra says. “It’s a perfect fit for the casinos here to make that connection. And not only will visitors find first-class casinos, they’ll also be able to have a great time enjoying our restaurants, beaches and parks and our beautiful natural surroundings. You can’t find that combination in too many places, but you can find it here.”

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