Mississippi Again Considers Legal Online Gambling Come 2014
Mississippi has already taken into consideration legalizing online gambling like poker sometime earlier this year. But nothing happened to their efforts and the issue was put on hold. Next year, 2014, the state plans to tackle the issue once again.
As reported by the Sun Herald, State Rep. Richard Bennet who is the House Gaming Committee chair stated that next year, when they take up the 2014 legislative sessions, online gambling hearings will be planned. However, he also thinks that there may not be a real chance for online gambling like poker to be legalized in the state of Mississippi.
By 2014, the legalization activities will be headed by Bobby Moak, Mississippi’s state representative. He will do this by drafting legislation. In 2012, Moak pushed for a bill but it didn’t fly.
That same year, 2012, the state has been performing well in the industry of gaming according to Moak. Because their statutes are similar to those of Nevada’s and New Jersey’s, Mississippi is also seen as some sort of a pioneer or leader in the gaming industry. Moak believes that small states like Mississippi who are deep into gaming should be front and center in these issues.
Mississippi will definitely watch the other 3 states which have already legalized their web gambling activities this year – Delaware, New Jersey, Nevada.
There are 30 commercial casinos in Mississippi as reported by the American Gaming Association. It was in 1990 when these casinos were legalized and after two years, the very first one opened for business. Then it was in 2007 when these casinos had their best year in Mississippi. Gaming companies which are interested in the state are Boyd Gaming, MGM and Caesars Entertainment.
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