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Daily fantasy sports is legal in the state. Attempts at legalizing other types of online gambling have failed to make it through the legislature.

In February 2012, the Mississippi Lawful Internet Gaming Act of 2012 was brought before the Mississippi House of Representatives. The bill would have legalized online poker in the state of Mississippi and would have allowed existing gaming licensees to offer internet wagering. Three weeks after being introduced, the bill died in committee.

In January 2013, a similar bill was once again introduced in Mississippi. In February 2013, the measure failed in the House Ways and Means Committee.

In April 2014, Allen Godfrey, the head of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, appointed a team of experts to produce a comprehensive study on internet gambling. However, the study results have not been released to the public.

In January 2015, another bill was proposed by state representative Bobby Moak, who submitted both of the previous bills. But by February 2015, the bill was officially off the table.

In 2016, Gov. Phil Bryant signed fantasy sports bill S 2541 into law, bringing regulated DFS to the state. However, the law was only a temporary measure, and repealed itself on 1 July 2017.

On 13 March 2017, Gov. Bryant signed H 967, a more permanent solution to daily fantasy sports. The bill, which passed both the House and Senate with ease, features a licensing fee that costs $5,000 over three years, outlines consumer protections and puts the Mississippi Gaming Commission in charge of oversight. In anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to end the federal prohibition on sports betting, Mississippi removed a prohibition on sports wagering inside casinos within the bill that legalized daily fantasy sports in the state, and moved swiftly once PASPA was abolished in May 2018.

By the beginning of July 2018, 14 Mississippi casinos applied to start legal sports betting operations.

On 30 July 2018, Caesars Entertainment announced that its Gulf Coast and Tunica properties would begin accepting legal sports wagers in August. On 31 July 2018, MGM properties Beau Rivage Resort Casino in Biloxi and Gold Strike Casino in Tunica announced they would begin accepting sports wagers on 1 August.

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