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Penn National to open Mississippi sports books this month

Operator Penn National Gaming will be launching sports betting at its five Mississippi casinos this month.

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Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast and Boomtown Casino Biloxi will open their sportsbooks on 17 August, followed by Hollywood Casino Tunica, 1st Jackpot Casino Tunica, and Resorts Casino Tunica on 24 August.

Resorts is also expected to offer guests kiosks to place wagers “in the near future."

Timothy Wilmott, Penn National CEO, said: “Penn National is thrilled to begin offering sports wagering to our customers in Mississippi. Their excitement has been growing since the federal ban on sports betting was repealed in May, and we can’t wait to provide our patrons with another great amenity at our casinos.”

The five new sports betting venues in Mississippi will bring the state’s total number to ten, further emphasising its regional market-leading position as its surrounding states have yet to even legalise sports betting.

As a result, Mississippi has become a hotly contested piece of gambling real estate.

MGM opened sportsbooks at its Mississippi casinos on 1 August, while Caesars partnered with Scientific Games as it “moves quickly” to open its own books, and IGT has been selected by Boyd Gaming to power its retail sports betting.


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