Legal Online Gambling to be Considered by Mississippi in 2014
Earlier this year, the state of Mississippi thought about offering legal online gambling. However, after only less than a month, efforts done failed. Come 2014, the state plans to resuscitate the issue.
The Sun Herald reported that the House Gaming Committee chair, State Rep. Richard Bennet, mentioned that come 2014 legislative sessions, hearings on web gambling will be planned. But he also admits that there might not be a chance for Mississippi to really legalize online gambling like poker.
Next year’s efforts for legalization will be spearheaded by State Rep. Bobby Moak by drafting legislation. Back in 2012, he tried to push a bill. Unfortunately, the bill got stuck.
In an interview, Moak said that their state has done well in the gaming industry last 2012. Being close to Nevada and New Jersey’s statutes, their state has been viewed as also a sort of a leader in the industry. Mississippi is a small state and any state like this which is heavy in the gaming industry has to get out there in front these issues.
Mississippi will surely watch the other state that already legalized their online gambling like New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware. If you recall, these states debuted sometime this year before legalizing web gambling like online poker.
According to the American Gaming Association, Mississippi has a total of 30 commercial casinos. Back in 1990 these casinos were legalized and after 2 years the first one opened. 2007 was the best year for Casinos in Mississippi. Gambling firms who have interests in the state are MGM, Boyd Gaming and Caesars Entertainment.
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