Mississippi Casino Guide
Online Casinos in Mississippi
The only legal form of online gambling in Mississippi is through daily fantasy sports play. Online casinos are not permitted and come with a $500 fine and jail time if you are caught playing on one. While no one has ever been in trouble for online gambling in Mississippi, we still recommend being careful if choosing to wager.
It's hard to say how soon online casinos will be accepted in the state. Some think because of the recent legalization of the lottery that Mississippi is more open to gambling, while others say it's nowhere close to even starting the process of regulating online casinos. Either way, "soon" still means way down the road.
Mississipi Land-Based Casinos Map
You can easily see all casino locations by using our Mississippi casinos map. To zoom in, just click the + (plus) sign in the lower right corner of the map, or to zoom out, just click the – (minus) sign in the same area.
To move the map of casinos in Mississippi, click and hold down either of your mouse buttons. Then use the hand icon to drag the map in whichever direction you desire.
Each of the red icons on the map is a casino location. Just click on any red icon to see the name of the casino at that location. If you want more information on that casino, simply click again on the casino’s name and it will direct you to another page with detailed information on that particular casino, including address, phone number, toll-free phone number, room rates, casino size, dining information, games offered, availability of discounts for seniors, any special features, and a direct link to that casino’s website.
Land-Based Casinos in Mississippi
Types of 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 are 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 state legislature allowed Mississippi casinos in the gulf coast 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.
Options for Gambling in Mississippi
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.
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.
Gambling Laws in Mississippi
The minimum gambling age in Mississippi is 21.
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For more information on visiting casinos in Mississippi or other tourist attractions, call the state’s tourism department at (866) SEE-MISS or go to www.visitmississippi.org.