Are you thinking about placing sports bets in Mississippi? If you are, you should do so with caution. While it is true that the state allows sports gambling, it does not permit sports betting from within the state itself. However, as a legal resident of the state, you may enjoy some sports betting opportunities from friends and relatives within the area.
Yes, but according to current state laws, any kind of wager must take place only at the licensed establishments. This includes casinos, racetracks and any other businesses offering gambling as a service. Although some in Mississippi’s legislature tried to legalize sports betting outside of state casinos in late2019, the measure quickly died without receiving a full hearing. Hopefully next year, lawmakers will try again.
Since most of Mississippi is controlled by Democrats, an outspoken opponent of legalized sports betting might find some Republican support. As the saying goes, “You can not eat eggs without breaking eggs.” The political party that is in power is quite worried about losing voters to the legalization of gambling within the state. The Democrats want to make sure they don’t lose any more seats in the House of Representatives or the Senate. The Republicans want to make sure they don’t lose any black residents in the state’s largest city, which is Jackson.
Unfortunately, if a sports wager is placed in Mississippi by an illegal immigrant, it may be illegal. Illegal immigrants are not subject to identification or sales tax. Some even live in the United States but overstay their visa or stay illegally in Mississippi. As an illegal alien, they cannot gamble legally in Mississippi, no matter how much money they win or how many bets they place. While this law does not apply to legal residents of the state, who can still win and lose money betting on sports.
A person interested in placing a bet on college football will want to wait until at least 2021. With the current trends in the economic and political landscape of the United States, it is unlikely the economic framework of the state will remain solid in the next two years. Sports wagering is likely to become legalized in the next four years. In the meantime, Mississippi sports betting will remain against the law unless the U.S congress passes a law to allow legal gambling in the state.
For now, a person can place a bet on any game they choose as long as they meet the requirements for writing tickets. However, they are not allowed to place bets for more than the amount of money that is legally allowed. This means that a person can have only one set during the week of a contest. The person also has to make sure that all of their sports betting winnings are reported to the IRS on time.
In regards to legalizing mobile sports betting in the state of Mississippi, there is no immediate plans to do so. Even if the state wants to begin taxing sports betting wagers it may take until the upcoming election season. Taxes on wagers in Mississippi are already in place but the tax revenue generated by sports betting may not be sufficient to cover the costs of taxing sports betting. If taxes were placed on winnings, it would likely end up being lost in the black because revenue is usually very seasonal.
Because of the lack of support from state leaders, many bookmakers have left the state and set up shop in states where the climate is more hospitable to sports betting. Many states such as Illinois, New Jersey and Connecticut have increased their taxes on winnings to make up for the loss that they are experiencing in terms of sports betting revenue in Mississippi. This leaves the bookmaker with two options. They can either increase the prices in order to keep their customers from leaving the state, or they can move their operation to a state with more support for sports betting.