The process of allowing mobile sports betting in Mississippi is gaining traction again.
Soon you may be able to get into sports betting here in Mississippi in your hand. Coast Senators Scott Delano and Philip Moran each have bills in place to enable mobile sports betting through gambling operators in the state.
The hope is that a mobile betting law will keep Mississippi updated on wagering, especially with neighboring states like Tennessee, which have added over $ 2 million in additional revenue since a mobile option was launched last November. Senator Moran said, "I just have to believe that in today's technology, casinos if you are with someone who can provide this sports mobile app, they can work out their deal with them and the public can then enjoy the opportunity to Wager five dollars on your favorite team if you so choose. "
A total of 14 states and the District of Columbia currently allow mobile betting, and the potential for increased state revenue is a primary consideration. Ben Koff, Vice President of Scarlet Pearl Casino, said, "It is the state and taxes that allow the state to get this new access to funds, help with schools, road works and all these other projects that need to be done . "
Koff describes what the rollout and security of a mobile betting app would look like. "You can download the app, check who you are using platforms and protocols that have already been recognized, and then of course place a bet on your favorite game at any time."
Senator Moran is confident that mobile betting can become law this year, but first his bill needs further scrutiny in committee. "I would definitely like to get a bill from the committee, bring it up and discuss it, although it takes a while, nothing happens overnight."
A hope confirmed by Ben Koff. "Pretty soon we will be left in the dark and we cannot be the one to stay in the dark losing our customers and our guests who choose to go elsewhere with their casino entertainment dollars."