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Add Mississippi to the list of states considering legalizing Internet gambling.

On Wednesday, House Minority Leader Bobby Moak, D–Bogue Chitto, introduced House Bill 1373 that would allow residents 21 and older to play poker and other casino games online in Mississippi. Moak is the former chairman of the House Gaming Committee.
The bill says millions of people are gambling on illegal offshore websites.

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What I like about this bill is that it's not just online poker, it's slots etc.. It also appears you don't have to be an established land based casino in Mississippi as long as you can abide by the commissions regulation requirements but I could be wrong, unlike Nevada.

I was reading fast but it appeared as long as you have the funding and can meet their standards an operator could operate a full blown online casino within the state after meeting all requirements.

Of course the bill has to pass first. :)
 

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Now that I've got a little time this morning I've been trying to find out a bit more about this, but Google is not cooperating. :p

Anyway, for those unfamiliar with how gambling stands (in general) in Mississippi...

They have several casinos (their law requires casinos be on the water, so are elegant floating barges) on the coast (Biloxi) and in the NW river region owned by the 'big boys', Harrahs/Caesars, MGM, etc. They also have a few casinos I'm totally unfamiliar with located in scattered locations along the river. Also, there is the Pearl River pair of casinos in Meridian owned by the Choctaw tribe. (Side note: the Choctaw band has, in the past, paid out big bucks to anti gambling 'lobbies' in a neighboring state, Alabama.)

The online gambling would add an entirely new wrinkle, and it wouldn't surprise me if the Choctaw tried to block it.
 

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Now that I've got a little time this morning I've been trying to find out a bit more about this, but Google is not cooperating. :p

Anyway, for those unfamiliar with how gambling stands (in general) in Mississippi...

They have several casinos (their law requires casinos be on the water, so are elegant floating barges) on the coast (Biloxi) and in the NW river region owned by the 'big boys', Harrahs/Caesars, MGM, etc. They also have a few casinos I'm totally unfamiliar with located in scattered locations along the river. Also, there is the Pearl River pair of casinos in Meridian owned by the Choctaw tribe. (Side note: the Choctaw band has, in the past, paid out big bucks to anti gambling 'lobbies' in a neighboring state, Alabama.)

The online gambling would add an entirely new wrinkle, and it wouldn't surprise me if the Choctaw tried to block it.


I'm sure plenty people will try to contest the bill.

Again I do like their approach of legalizing pretty much all forms of online gambling unlike Nevada and Iowa with online poker only.

Should be fun to watch. :D
 

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Mississippi Gaming, Biloxi and Gulfport specifically is superb!!!!

Now that I've got a little time this morning I've been trying to find out a bit more about this, but Google is not cooperating. :p

Anyway, for those unfamiliar with how gambling stands (in general) in Mississippi...

They have several casinos (their law requires casinos be on the water, so are elegant floating barges) on the coast (Biloxi) and in the NW river region owned by the 'big boys', Harrahs/Caesars, MGM, etc. They also have a few casinos I'm totally unfamiliar with located in scattered locations along the river. Also, there is the Pearl River pair of casinos in Meridian owned by the Choctaw tribe. (Side note: the Choctaw band has, in the past, paid out big bucks to anti gambling 'lobbies' in a neighboring state, Alabama.)

The online gambling would add an entirely new wrinkle, and it wouldn't surprise me if the Choctaw tried to block it.

Actually, after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the laws were changed regarding all casinos along the Gulf Coast. They are no longer required to be over water. Although the absolutely spectacular Beau Rivage (MGM Grand Property) and the Hard Rock which is next door remain over water because rebuilding in any other way just would not have made sense in spite of the risk of another "100 Year Storm."

There is something for everyone's taste on the MS Gulf Coast. If you prefer upscale high rolling, excellent cuisine, and the friendliest staff of a resort of this caliber you will ever find, then Beau Rivage is definitely your choice.

Hard Rock is also excellent and has the best Video Poker you will find on the coast. Their table games, IMO are inferior to the choices at Beau Rivage but the place is gigantic--at least the casino floor. They have a collection of Rock and Roll memorabilia on display throughout the Hotel and Casino Floor that rivals any similar collection anywhere.

Up the road a bit is the Biloxi Grand (Harrah's property). The casino was rebuilt over land and across the street from the beach after Katrina completely destroyed their gigantic floating barge casino floor. Although much smaller, they are friendly and the casino has some good choices--better than most Harrah's properties. When I last visited, the mega resort to be called Margaritaville in partnership with the Jimmy Buffet Parrothead crowd was under development in the remnants of what was Casino Magic pre-Katrina.

I haven't been in over two years so I'm sure there have been some changes.

Also, I highly recommend the only casino in Gulfport since Katrina, Island View Casino Resort. The Island View was built after Katrina and the casino and hotel are across the street from the beach and lie completely on land. They have excellent table games, slots, and VP. Their buffet is affordable and awesome. They also have several upscale restaurants and the decor is beautiful and unique on the casino floor and in the guest rooms.

There are numerous smaller and less expensive places offering excellent BJ, VP, and Slots. If you ever have an opportunity to visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast do not pass it up.
 

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Actually, after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the laws were changed regarding all casinos along the Gulf Coast. They are no longer required to be over water. Although the absolutely spectacular Beau Rivage (MGM Grand Property) and the Hard Rock which is next door remain over water because rebuilding in any other way just would not have made sense in spite of the risk of another "100 Year Storm."

There is something for everyone's taste on the MS Gulf Coast. If you prefer upscale high rolling, excellent cuisine, and the friendliest staff of a resort of this caliber you will ever find, then Beau Rivage is definitely your choice.

Hard Rock is also excellent and has the best Video Poker you will find on the coast. Their table games, IMO are inferior to the choices at Beau Rivage but the place is gigantic--at least the casino floor. They have a collection of Rock and Roll memorabilia on display throughout the Hotel and Casino Floor that rivals any similar collection anywhere.

Up the road a bit is the Biloxi Grand (Harrah's property). The casino was rebuilt over land and across the street from the beach after Katrina completely destroyed their gigantic floating barge casino floor. Although much smaller, they are friendly and the casino has some good choices--better than most Harrah's properties. When I last visited, the mega resort to be called Margaritaville in partnership with the Jimmy Buffet Parrothead crowd was under development in the remnants of what was Casino Magic pre-Katrina.

I haven't been in over two years so I'm sure there have been some changes.

Also, I highly recommend the only casino in Gulfport since Katrina, Island View Casino Resort. The Island View was built after Katrina and the casino and hotel are across the street from the beach and lie completely on land. They have excellent table games, slots, and VP. Their buffet is affordable and awesome. They also have several upscale restaurants and the decor is beautiful and unique on the casino floor and in the guest rooms.

There are numerous smaller and less expensive places offering excellent BJ, VP, and Slots. If you ever have an opportunity to visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast do not pass it up.

I agree. We haven't been to Biloxi area since Katrina canceled our reservations. :) But Tunica is also top notch. Many people think most of the casinos in Miss. are Indian casinos, but they are not. They're all regular casinos - no vid lottery or bingo based slots ... just plain ol' RNG and Lady Luck to deal with. LOL

But... the Choctaw do have a resort or two and a lot of influence. And if they feel they don't have even footing (at least) on the internet gaming, they'll fight tooth, nail, and wallet to keep it out.

And I agree with PV... the inclusion of other forms of gaming, not just poker, for internet gambling is very interesting, and bears watching.
 

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California Online Gambling Bill

On Friday, California Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) introduced a bill that would allow online poker to be played within the state.

From what I gather it appears, if passed after two years they'd look at other online gambling games to be offered in addition to poker. :thumbsup:

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