RIVERBOAT CASINOS IN MISSISSIPPI
The casinos in Mississippi are all located on riverboats. Mississippi was the third state to legalize riverboat gambling when it was approved by that state’s legislature in 1990. The law restricts Mississippi casinos to coast waters (including the Bay of St. Louis and the Back Bay of Biloxi) along the Mississippi River and in navigable waters of counties that border the river.
State law also requires that Mississippi riverboat casinos be permanently moored at the dock and they are not permitted to cruise. This allows the riverboats to offer 24-hour dockside gambling. The Isle of Capri in Biloxi was the first casino to open on August 1, 1992, followed one month later by The President.
Since the law does not require that the floating vessel actually resemble a boat, almost all of the casinos in Mississippi are built on barges. This gives them the appearance of a land-based building, rather than a riverboat.
Due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, the Mississippi legislature allowed the state’s gulf coast casinos to be rebuilt on land within 800-feet of the shoreline and some casinos in Mississippi have been rebuilt in that manner.
The payback percentages for slot machines at all casinos in Mississippi are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all Mississippi casinos.
Interestingly, Mississippi is one of the few states that breaks down its progressive slot machine statistics separately and you can see that the return is almost always less on machines with progressive jackpots.
Unless otherwise noted, all Mississippi casinos are open 24 hours and offer: slots, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette and three card poker. Other game listings include: Spanish 21, baccarat, mini-baccarat, poker, pai gow poker, let it ride, Caribbean stud poker Mississippi stud, ultimate Texas hold’em, big six wheel, four card poker, casino war and keno. The minimum gambling age is 21.
NOTE: If you happen to win a jackpot of $1,200 or more in Mississippi, the casino will deduct 3% of your winnings and pay it to the Mississippi Tax Commission as a gambling tax. The tax is nonrefundable and the $1,200 threshold would also apply to any cash prizes won in casino drawings or tournaments.
For more information on visiting casinos in Mississippi, or other tourist attraction, call the state’s tourism department at (866) SEE-MISS or go to: www.visitmississippi.org
Shown below is a list of all casinos in Mississippi. Click on a casino name to see a page of detailed information about that particular Mississippi casino.
- 1st Jackpot Casino Tunica
- Ameristar Casino Hotel – Vicksburg
- Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Special Coupon Offer – See Listing
- Bok Homa Casino
- Boomtown Casino – Biloxi
- Fitz Casino/Hotel
- Gold Strike Casino Resort
- Golden Moon Hotel & Casino at Pearl River Resort
- Golden Nugget Casino Hotel – Biloxi
- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Biloxi
- Harlow’s Casino Resort
- Harrah’s Gulf Coast
- Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis
- Hollywood Casino Tunica Special Coupon Offers – See Listing
- Horseshoe Casino & Hotel
- IP Casino Resort Spa
- Island View Casino Resort
- Isle of Capri Casino & Hotel – Lula
- Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg
- Lighthouse Point Casino
- Magnolia Bluffs Casino
- Palace Casino Resort
- Pearl River Resort
- Resorts Tunica
- Riverwalk Casino and Hotel
- Sam’s Town Tunica
- Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort
- Silver Slipper Casino Special Coupon Offer – See Listing
- Silver Star Hotel & Casino at Pearl River Resort
- Treasure Bay Casino and Hotel
- Trop Casino Greenville
- Tunica Roadhouse Casino & Hotel
- WaterView Casino and Hotel