Commercial casinos in the southern American state of Mississippi reportedly had a very fruitful 2021 after chalking up aggregated annual gross gaming revenues of almost $2.7 billion encompassing a very healthy $261.3 million for April.
According to a Thursday report from the online news source at PlayUSA.com citing official figures from the Mississippi Department of Revenue, the performance for the 23 land-based commercial casinos in ‘The Magnolia State’ came after a 2020 in which the coronavirus pandemic largely hobbled the industry and led it to bringing in its lowest annual revenue tally for 25 years at a very disappointing $1.8 billion.
Mississippi legalized riverboat casinos in 1990 and has reportedly since gone on to become one of the most important gambling jurisdictions in the whole of the United States. The jurisdiction of slightly less than three million people is now home to some of the country’s most enticing gaming establishments including the impressive Beau Rivage Resort and Casino development from operator MGM Resorts International as well as Bally’s Corporation’s more modest and recently-rebranded Bally’s Vicksburg facility.
The data from the Mississippi Department of Revenue reportedly also showed that the state’s collection of eleven casinos situated along the Gulf Coast had slightly over $1.6 billion in combined gross gaming revenues for last year while their seven counterparts in the north of the jurisdiction managed to rack up an aggregated tally of approximately $696.1 million. Further adding to this improved overall reckoning was purportedly the around $364.5 million in collective receipts recorded by the five gambling-friendly venues located along the banks of the Mississippi River near the central cities of Natchez and Vicksburg.
PlayUSA.com additionally reported that the impressive Mississippi aggregated gross gaming revenues tally for April was followed by a May and a June in which the finishing figures topped $245 million and $247 million respectively. The state purportedly furthermore saw its July tally surpass $234.4 million before chalking up a very healthy $226.3 million for December.
In an attempt to add to the plethora of entertainment already offered by casinos in Mississippi and PlayUSA.com reported that Cedric Burnett from the Mississippi House of Representatives recently filed legislation that would allow such venues to begin accepting sports wagers from punters located anywhere in the state. The source explained that this move signifies the third time in four years that the 55-year-old Democrat has attempted to get a mobile sportsbetting measure passed although its prospects could well be complicated by a competing proposition from Republican counterpart Casey Eure that would introduce an annual in-person registration requirement.