Mobile sports betting has made its way to Mississippi.
Bettors can now use the BetMGM app to wager on sports from anywhere inside the state’s two MGM casino locations.
BetMGM mobile launches in Mississippi
Unlike Tennessee, Mississippi does not permit mobile sports betting statewide.
Instead, Mississippi regulations specifically limit wagering of any kind to the confines of casinos.
Users can download BetMGM’s app and register for an account from anywhere in the state.
To complete the verification process and place wagers, however, bettors must visit either of MGM’s two Mississippi casino locations.
Mississippi MGM casino locations
While mobile wagering may be a first, sports betting is not an entirely new development for Mississippi casino-goers. The state has permitted in-person sports betting at select locations.
Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica is the closest of MGM’s casino options for Tennessee residents.
Its physical sportsbook, BetMGM Book Bar & Grill, launched in August 2018. It is a $7 million, 6,400 square-foot addition featuring two massive video viewing walls, a video poker bar, a VIP lounge area, and a Topgolf Swing Suite.
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, located on the coast of Biloxi, is MGM’s second casino location in Mississippi. Its sportsbook incorporates a giant video wall as well as 35 video poker machines and a VIP lounge area.
Geolocation restrictions on Mississippi mobile wagering
Those that enjoy the brick-and-mortar sportsbook experience can continue to visit either sportsbook. However, wagering is no longer limited to kiosks alone.
With the help of precise geolocation technology, bettors can now wager on the BetMGM mobile app from anywhere within either casino.
This geolocation software restricts non-casino wagering much like it does out-of-state attempts. It quickly blocks any wager outside of the approved casino coordinates.
With such exact geolocation capabilities, BetMGM is able to abide by Mississippi’s wagering restrictions while simultaneously offering bettors a mobile option.
New users who successfully complete the registration process and visit an MGM casino can opt in for BetMGM’s $1,000 risk free bet offer.
If your first wager happens to lose, BetMGM will provide a refund in the form of a free bet of up to $1,000.
Mobile betting offers new opportunities for bettors
BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt is eager to introduce mobile wagering to Mississippi. Referring to Tunica’s Gold Strike in particular, he said:
“We’ve had great success with the opening of the BetMGM Book Bar & Grill at Gold Strike and are thrilled to complement our retail offering with the launch of the BetMGM mobile app in Mississippi. Sports fans at MGM’s world-class Tunica resort can now use their mobile devices to engage with the teams they love, while earning rewards for their gameplay.”
Thanks to BetMGM’s integrated M life Rewards program, bettors can earn points for every wager placed at the sportsbook. These points can then be redeemed for a variety of discounts and experiences at any MGM Resorts location nationwide.
This means Tennesseans can rack up points by wagering on BetMGM’s mobile app all season. Then, when it comes time for a vacation, players can redeem points for complimentary accommodations at an MGM casino location.