Mixed Bag For Mississippi Sports Betting To End 2023

Mixed Bag For Mississippi Sports Betting To End 2023
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The final month of 2023 delivered a mixed bag of results for sportsbook and casino operators in the Magnolia State, with a 21.7% month-over-month drop in Mississippi sports betting handle offset by a 57.5% jump in revenue.

Overall, Mississippi sportsbooks took in $48,888,089 in sports betting handle, or amount wagered, in December, a 21.7% decline from November’s total of $62,412,735, according to the Mississippi Gaming Commission. That final month pushed the state’s 2023 total handle to $474,275,132 — bucking the nationwide trend of record handles — that was a 10.8% decrease in a year-over-year comparison with 2022 ($531,951,768). That reflects the lack of a true Mississippi online sports betting market; customers wishing to use mobile devices to place bets can only do so at the physical casinos.

As far as wagering revenues were concerned, December’s total of $4,886,771 was up 57.5% from November ($3,103,061), giving the state a total of $51,224,140 for 2023. That total for the year was down 15.8% from 2022’s sum of $60,816,325, putting a sour final note on the year-end data for sportsbooks in Mississippi.

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Mississippi Sports Betting, December vs. November

Betting handle Revenue
December $48.888M $4.887M
November $62.413M $3.103M
Change Down 21.7% Up 57.5%

Mississippi Casino Play Surges In December

As for Mississippi riverboat casinos in December, the combined total slot machine handle of $2.309 billion for the final month of 2023 was up 11.7% from November’s total of $2.068 billion. As far as slots win was concerned, that figure jumped 14.6% in a month-over-month comparison, from $158.704 million in the Mississippi November casino report to $181.947 million in December.

As for table games, Mississippi casinos took in $165.042 million in handle, up 11.6% from November ($147.835 million) and revenue rose 15.8%, from $25.72 million the previous month to $29.777 million in December.



Christopher Boan is a writer at BetMississippi.com specializing in covering state issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.