Mississippi Gambling

Mississippian Gambling Information

Gambling is legal in Mississippi. Persons under the age of 21 are not permitted to participate in any form of gaming. There is currently no state lottery, but several cities have their own private lotteries. No one under the age of 21 can buy lottery tickets.

While there are many states with more casinos and gambling establishments than Mississippi, there are few U.S. states where gambling has more of an impact on the economy. The Mississippi gambling industry is the single biggest employer in the state. When many of the southern Mississippi casinos shut down operations (sometimes for months) in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the effects were felt by a sizable percentage of the Mississippi work force.

Lottery Restrictions in Mississippi

A person creating an illegal lottery can receive up to 5 years in prison. A person advertising for a prohibited lottery can receive up to three months in jail. Those selling tickets receive between 10 days and 2 months in jail. If a person buys an illegal lottery ticket, that gambler can receive a $25 fine or up to 10 days in jail. Both punishments can be levied.

Casinos in Mississippi

There are 32 casinos in Mississippi. Twenty of these are riverboat casinos, which leave from Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, Gulfport, Gainesville, Lula, Natchez, Vicksburg and Tunica. There are brick-and-mortar Native American casinos in Philadelphia and other land casinos in Robinsonville. Tunica, Gulfport and Biloxi all have land casinos.

Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis

711 Hollywood Boulevard
Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi 39520-1808
The Phone number at Hollywood Casino Bay is (228) 467-9257 and the email address is www.hollywoodcasinobsl.com.

Games: IGT Megabucks, IGT Wheel of Fortune Progressive Dollar Slots, IGT Jeopardy, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Let it Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Poker, Roulette
Restaurants: Bridges Clubhouse Grill, Jackpot Java, Shaker’s Martini Bar, The Epic Buffet, Tuscany Steaks & Seafood
Accommodations: Hollywood Hotel
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Silver Slipper Casino

5000 South Beach Boulevard
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi 39520

The phone number at Silver Slipper Casino is (228) 469-2777 and the web address is www.silverslipper-ms.com. Here is other information about Silver Slipper Casino.

Games: Gaming Machines, Poker
Restaurants: Blue Bayou Bar & Grill, Jubilee Buffet, Palm Court Café
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

875 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, Mississippi 39530-4241

The phone number at Beau Rivage Casino is (228) 386-7111 and the website is at www.beaurivage.com.

Games: CDS American Pride, DS Egyptian Gold, CDS Top Dog, IGT Megabucks, IGT Wheel of Fortune Progressive Dollar Slots, IGT Jeopardy, IGT Wheel of Fortune Video Slots, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, craps Let it Ride, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, Poker, Roulette
Restaurants: BR Prime, Breeze bar, Coast, Eight75, Jia, MemphisQ, Olives, Scoops, Snacks, Terrace Café, The Buffet, The Roasted Bean
Accommodations: Beau Rivage Resort
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Grand Biloxi Casino Hotel & Spa

280 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, Mississippi 39530-4608
(228) 436-2946
www.harrahs.com/casinos/grand-biloxi/hotel-casino

Games: Betty Boop’s Big Hit, Cool Millions Dollar Slots, Dollar Slots, Five Dollar Slots, Half Dollar Slots, IGT Addams Family, IGT Wheel of Fortune Progressive Dollar Slots, IGT Elvis, IGT Party Time, Nickel Slots, Quarter Slots, Slots, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, craps, Let it Ride, Mini-Baccarat, Gow Poker, Poker, Roulette, Keno
Restaurants: Asian Café, Grand Buffet, LB’s Steakhouse, Lobby Bar, Starbucks
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi

Riverboat Casino
777 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, Mississippi 39530
(228) 374-7625
www.hardrockbiloxi.com

Games: Gaming Machines, Poker
Restaurants: 24/7 Grille, Acme Oyster House, Hard Rock Café, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Accommodations: Hard Rock Hotel
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Treasure Bay Casino Resort

1980 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, Mississippi 39531-5293
(228) 385-6000
www.treasurebay.com

Games: Anchor’s Wheel of Gold, Cool Millions Dollar Slot, IGT Megabucks, IGT Wheel of Fortune Progressive Dollar Slots, IGT Elvis, IGT Party Time, IGT Quarters Deluxe, IGT Slotopoly, IGT Wheel of Fortune Video Slots, Progressive Slots, Progressive Video Poker, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, 7 Card Stud Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Let it Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Poker, Roulette, Texas Hold ‘Em, Wild Hold ‘Em Fold ‘Em
Restaurants: Agua, CQ, Infinity Buffet, The Den
Other features: Arcade, Convention and meeting space, Free Parking, Free Valet Parking, Gift Shop, Lounge (Blu - Ultra Lounge), Non-Smoking
Accommodations: Treasure Bay Casino Resort
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Hollywood Casino - Tunica

1150 Casino Strip Resorts Boulevard
Robinsonville, Mississippi 38664-9138
(662) 357-7700
www.hollywoodcasinotunica.com

Games: Anchor’s Wheel of Gold, IGT Addams family, IGT Megabucks, IGT Wheel of Fortune Progressive Dollar Slots, IGT Elvis, IGT Slotopoly, IGT Wheel of Fortune Video Slots Progressive Slots, Progressive Video Poker, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean stud Poker, Craps, Let it Ride, Poker, Roulette
Restaurants: Box Office bar, Epic Buffet, Fairbanks Steakhouse, Hollywood Diner, Safari Bar
Accommodations: RV Park, Hollywood Casino Hotel
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Resorts Casino - Tunica

1100 Casino Strip Boulevard
Robinsonville, Mississippi 38664
(662) 363-7777
www.resortstunica.com

Games: Betty Boop’s Big Hit, IGT Addams Family, IGT Fabulous 50’s, IGT Megabucks, IGT Wheel of Fortune Progressive Dollar Slots, IGT Elvis, IGT Jeopardy, IGT Party Time, Slotopoly, IGT Wheel of Fortune Video Slots, Magic Carpet Ride Slots, Three Wishes Slots, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean stud Poker, Craps, Let it Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Roulette, Keno
Restaurants: The Bistro, The Buffet, TJ’s Steakhouse
Accommodations: Resorts Tunica Hotel
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Sheraton Casino & Hotel

1107 Casino Center Drive
Robinsonville, Mississippi 38664-9708
(662) 363-4900
www.sheratontunica.com

Games: Atronic’s I.C. Money, Cool Millions Dolalr Slot, IGT Megabucks, IGT Wheel of Fortune Progresive Dollar lots, IGT Jeopardy, IGT Wheel of Fortune Video Slots, Nickel Slots, Progressive Video Poker, Slots, video Keno, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Let it Ride, Mini-Baccarat, Roulette, Spanish 21
Restaurants: Big Kitchen Buffet, L.S. Louie’s Steakhouse, Reno’s Café, TJ Cinnamons
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Native American Casinos in Mississippi

Golden Moon Hotel & Casino - Native American Casino

13541 Highway 16 West
Philadelphia, Mississippi 39350
(601) 650-1234
www.pearlriverresort.com

Games: Gaming Machines, Poker
Restauarants: Bistro 24, Eclipse Grill, Galaxy, Luna Lounge, Spectrum, Sports Ticker Lounge, The Whiskey Bean, Tuscano’s Garden, Waterfalls
Accommodations: Golden Moon Hotel and Casino
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Silver Star Casino - Native American Casino

13541 Highway 16 West
Philadelphia, Mississippi 39350
(601) 650-1234
www.pearlriverresort.com

Games: Video Keno, Video Poker, Video Slots, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Let it Ride, Mini-Baccarat, Omaha, Poker, Roulette, Texas Hold ‘Em, Keno
Restaurants: Casino Lounge, Chef’s Pavilion Buffet, Dolce, Philip M’s, Pool Bar, Rally Alley Deli, The Rib Joint, The Steakhouse, Villa
Accommodations: Silver Star Resort
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Riverboat Casinos in Mississippi

Most of the casinos you'll find in Mississippi are of the river boat variety. That's because state laws allow certain forms of gambling on water that they wouldn't allow on land. These riverboats are generally moored to the wharf and never move an inch. A few of the Mississippi riverboats along the coast were hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, and a few took over a year to rebuild.

Bayou Caddy’s Jubilee Casino - Riverboat Casino

242 South Walnut Street
Greenville, Mississippi 38701-4003
(662) 335-1111

Games: IGT Wheel of Fortune Progressive Dollar Slots, IGT Slotopoly, Video Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean stud Poker, Craps, Roulette
Accommodations: Greenville Inn & Suites
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Harlow’s Casino Resort - Riverboat Casino

4280 Harlows Boulevard
Greenville, Mississippi 38701
(866) 524-5825
www.harlowscasino.com

Games: Gaming Machines, Poker
Accommodations: Harlow’s Casino Resort Hotel

Lighthouse Point Casino - Riverboat Casino

199 North Lakefront Road
Greenville, Mississippi 38701
(662) 334-1225

Games: Atronic’s I.C. Money, Betty Boop’s Big Hit, IGT Dillars Deluxe Slots, IGT Megabucks, IGT Quartermania, Wheel of Fortune Progressive Dollar Slots, IGT Elvis, IGT Jeopardy, IGT Party Time, IGT Quarters Deluxe, IGT SLotoplot, IGT Wheel of Fortune Video Slots, Progressive Slots, Progressive Video Poker, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette
Restaurants: Snack bar
Accommodations: Comfort Inn
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Island View Casino Resort - Riverboat Casino

3300 West Beach Boulevard
Gulfport, Mississippi 39502
(228) 314-2100
www.islandviewcasino.com

Games: Betty Boop’s Big Hit, IGT Megabucks, IGT Quartermania Slots, IGT Wheel of Fortune Progressive Dollar Slots, IGT Elvis, IGT Jeopardy, IGT Part Time, IGT Slotopoly, IGT Wheel of Fortune Video Slots, Progressive Slots, Progressive Video Poker, Video Poker, Wheel of Fortune Progressive Quarter Slots, Blackjack, Craps,Roulette
Restaurants: C&G Grille, enter Bar, Emeril’s Gulf Coast Fish House, The Buffet
Accommodations: Oasis Resort & Spa
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Isle of Capri Casino Lula - Riverboat Casino

777 Isle of Capri Parkway
Lula, Mississippi 38644
(662) 363-4600
www.isleofcapricasino.com/lula

Games: Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps Let it Ride, Poker, Roulette, Spanish 21
Restaurants: Calypso’s Buffet, Farradday’s, Tradeiwnds Marketplace
Accommodations: Palm Terrace or Coral Reef Hotel
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Isle of Capri Casino Natchez - Riverboat Casino

70 Silver Street
Natchez, Mississippi 39120-3453
(601) 445-0605
www.isleofcapricasinos.com/natchez

Games: Cool Millions Dollar Slot, Progressive Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Casino war, Craps, Let it Ride, Pitch Table Blackjack, Roulette, Royal Match
Restaurants: Calypso’s
Accommodations: Natchez Lady Luck Hotel
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Grand Casino Resort Tunica - Riverboat Casino

13615 Old Highway 61 North
Tunica, Mississippi 38664-9739
(662) 363-2788
www.grandtunica.com

Games: Betty Boop’s Big Hit, IGT Addams Family, Wheel of Fortune Progressive Dollar Slots, IGT Elvis, IGT Slotopoly, IGT Wheel of Fortune Video Slots, Progressive Slots, Video Poker, 3 card Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Let it Ride, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Poker, Roulette
Restaurants: Delta Blues Café, Grand Buffet, Grand Replays, Java Grande, LB’s Steakhouse, Lobby Bar, Murano’s, Pool Cabana Bar
Accommodations: Terrace Hotel Resort, The Grand, The Veranda Hotel

Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Horseshoe Casino & Hotel - Riverboat

1021 Casino Center Drive
Tunica, Mississippi 38664-9708
(662) 357-5500
]www.horseshoe.com/tunica

Games: Anchor’s Wheel of Gold, IGT Fabulous 50’s, IGT Megabucks, IGT Wheel of Fortune Progressive Dollar Slots, IGT Elvis, Video Keno, Video Poker
Restaurants: Ace High Snack Bar, Café Sonoma, Jack Binion’s Steak House, Magnolia, A Delta Grille, Village Square Buffet
Other features: Nightclub
Accommodations: Horseshoe Hotel

Bally’s Tunica - Riverboat Casino

1450 Bally's Boulevard
Tunica Resorts, Mississippi 38664-9791
(662) 357-1500
www.ballystunica.com

Games: Betty Boop’s Big Hit, Double Diamonds Slots, IGT Addams Family, IGT Dollars Deluxe Slots, IGT Megabucks, IGT Wheel of Fortune Progressive Dollar Slots, IGT Elvis, IGT Jeopardy, IGT Party Time, IGT Slotopoly, IGT Wheel of Fortune Video Slots, Progressive Slots, Progressive Video Poker, Red White & Blue Slots, Triple Diamonds, Video Poker, Video Slots, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Double Deck Blackjack, Let it Ride, Mini-baccarat, Roulette, Single Deck Blackjack, Spanish 21
Restaurants: Cornucopia Buffet, The Barn, The Silo Eatery
Accommodations: Bally’s Saloon Gambling Hall Hotel
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Fitzgerald’s Casino Hotel - Riverboat Casino

711 Lucky Lane
Tunica Resorts, Mississippi 38664-9141
(662) 363-5825
www.fitzgeraldstunica.com

Games: Anchor’s Wheel of Gold, Cool Millions Dollar Slot, IGT Dolalrs Deluxe Slots, IGT Fabulous 50’s, IGT Megabucks, Iget Quartermania, IGT Wheel of Fortune Progressive Dollar Slots, IGT Elvis, IGT Jeopardy, IGT Party Time, IGT Quarters Deluxe, IGT Slotopoly, IGT Wheel of Fortune Video Slots, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Friendly Craps, Let it Ride, Roulette
Restaurants: Blarney Stone Bar, Don B’s Steakhouse, Fitz Buffet, Fitz Care
Accommodations: Fitzgerald’s Casino Hotel
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Gold Strike Casino Resort - Riverboat Casino

1010 Casino Center Drive
Tunica Resorts, Mississippi 38664-9758
(662) 357-1111
www.goldstrike.com

Games: IGT Wheel of Fortune Video Slots, Progressive Slots, Video Poker, Video Slots, 3 Card Poker, 4 Card Poker, 5 Card Stud, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Let it Ride, Mini-Baccarat, Poker, Roulette
Restaurants: Buillon Bar, Burger City, Gold’s Deli, Liquid Assets, Pizzeria Fresh, The Atrium Café, The Chicago Steakhouse, The Courtyard Buffet
Accommodations: Gold Strike Resort
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Sam’s Town Tunica Hotel & Gambling Hall - Riverboat Casino

1477 Casino Strip Resort Boulevard
Tunica Resorts, Mississippi 38664-9143
(662) 363-0711
www.samstowntunica.com

Games: Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Let it Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Poker, Roulette
Restaurants: Smokey Joe’s Café, Snacks N’ Stuff, The Great Buffet, Twain’s Casual Fine Dining
Accommodations: Sam’s Town Tunica Hotel
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Ameristar Casino Hotel in Vicksburg - Riverboat Casino

4116 Washington Street
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180
(601) 638-1000
www.ameristarcasinos.com/vicksburg

Games: Atronic’s I.C. Money, IGT Dollars Deluxe Slots, IGT Fabulous 50’s, IGT Megabucks, IGT Wheel of Fortune Progressive Dolalr Slots, IGT Elvis, IGT Party Time, IGT Wheel of Fortune Video Slots, Progressive Slots, PRogresssive Video Poker, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Roulette, Spanish 21
Restaurants: Bottleneck Blues Bar, Bourbon’s, Heritage Buffet
Accommodations: Ameristar Hotel Vicksburg
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

DiamondJack’s Casino - Riverboat Casino

3990 Washington Street
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180-5276
(601) 636-5700
www.diamondjacks.com

Games: Cool Millions Dollar Slot, High Rollers Slots, IGT Megabucks, Mississippi Nickels Slots, IGT Quartermania Slots, IGT Wheel of Fortune, IGT Jeopardy, IGT Party Time, IGT Quarters Deluxe, IGT Wheel of Fortune, Progressive Video Poker, Video Keno, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, 7 Card Stud Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Casino War, Craps, Duble Deck & Shoe, Hold ‘Em, Let it Ride, Omaha Hold ‘Em, Poker, Roulette, Spanish 21, Texas Hold ‘Em, Flop Poker
Restaurants: DJ’s Steakhouse, Legends Buffet, Lucky Bean
Accommodations: DiamondJack’s Casino Hotel
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Horizon Casino Hotel - Riverboat Casino

1310 Mulberry Street
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180-3242
(601) 636-3423
www.horizonvicksburg.com

Games: Anchor’s Wheel of Gold, Atronic’s I.C. Money, Blazing Sevens, CDS Egyptian Gold, CDS Top Dog, Cool Millions Dollar Slots, Double Diamonds Slots, IGT Fabulous 50’s, IGT Megabucks, IGT Wheel of Fortune Progressive Dollar Slots, IGT Party Time, IGT Quarters Deluxe, IGT Wheel of Fortune, Magic Carpet Ride Slots, Red White & Blue Slots Three Wishes Slots, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Let it Ride, Poker, Roulette, Spanish 21, Wheel of Fortune, Keno
Restaurants: Josh’s Steakhouse, Legend’s Field Sports Bar Market Buffet
Accommodations: Horizon Casino Hotel
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Rainbow Hotel & Casino - Riverboat Casino

1380 Warrenton Road
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180-5928
(601) 636-7575
www.rainbowcasino.com

Games: Atronic’s I.C. Money Slots, Betty Boop’s Big Hit, IGT Dollars Deluxe Slots, IGT Megabucks, IGT Quartermania Slots, IGT Wheel of Fortune Progressive Dollar Slots, IGT Elvis, IGT Jeopardy, IGT Party Time, IGT Slotopoly, IGT Wheel of Fortune Video Slots, Progressive Video Poker, Triple Diamonds Slots, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean stud Poker, Craps, Let it Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Roulette, Single Deck Blackjack, Spanish 21, Keno
Restaurants: Crossroads Deli, Riverview Buffet
Accommodations: Days Inn at Rainbow Casino
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Isle of Capri Casino Biloxi - Riverboat Casino

151 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, Mississippi 39530-4711
(228) 435-5400
www.isleofcapricasino.com/Biloxi

Games: Cool Million Dollar Slots, Dollar Slots, Dollar Video Poker, Double Diamonds Slots, Five Dollar Slots, Free Pull Slots, Gateway to Treasure Slots, Half Dollar Slots, High Roller Slots, IGT Fabulous 50s, IGT Louisiana Nickels Slots, IGT Megabucks, IGT Quartermania Slots, Nickel Slots, Progressive Slots, Progressive Video Poker, Quarter Slots, Quarter Video Poker, Sand Sollars Slots, Slots- $100/pull, Slots-$25/pull, Video Blackjack, Video Keno, Video Poker, Video Poker, Waves of Fortune Slots, Win-A-Car Progressive Slots, 3 Card Poker, 7 Card Stud Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Let it Ride, Omaha Hold ‘Em, Pai Gow Tiles, Poker, Progressive Texas Hold ‘Em, Roulette, Texas Hold ‘Em
Restaurants: Calypso’s, LAVA Bar, Starbucks, Taste of Farradday’s, Tradewinds Marketplace
Accommodations: Isle of Capri Hotel
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Palace Casino Resort - Riverboat Casino

158 East Howard Avenue
Biloxi, Mississippi 39533
(228) 432-8888
www.palacecasinoresort.com

Games: Cool Millions Dolalr Slot, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Pai Gow Poker, Roulette
Restaurants: Mignon’s Steak & Seafood, Palace Buffet, Palace Café & Bakery
Accommodations: Palace Casino Resort Hotel
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Boomtown Biloxi Casino - Riverboat Casino

676 Bayview Avenue
Biloxi, Mississippi 39530-2307
(228) 435-7000
www.boomtownbiloxi.com

Games: Anchor’s Wheel of Gold, Cool Millions Dollar Slots, IGT Megabucks, IGT Wheel of Fortune Progressive Dollar Slots, IGT Wheel of Fortune Video Slots, Progressive Slots, Progressive Video Poker, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, let it Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Roulette, Royal Match, Wheel of Fortune
Restaurants: Boomtown Buffet, Overland Café, The Grill
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Imperial Palace Casino Resort & Spa - Riverboat Casino

850 Bayview Avenue
Biloxi, Mississippi 39530-1701
(228) 436-3000
www.ipbiloxi.com

Games: Anchor’s Wheel of Gold, Betty Boop’s Big Hit, IGT Addams Family, IGT Megabucks, IGT Wheel of Fortune Progressive Dolalr Slots, IGT Elvis, IGT Jeopardy, IGT Wheel of Fortune Video Slots, Progressive Slots, Video Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Let it Ride, Mini-baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Poker, Roulette
Restaurants: Back Bay Buffet, Carnaval De Brasil, high Tide Café, Highlights Sports Bar & Grill, Infusion, Insomnia, Quench, The River, thirty-two, Torch
Accommodations: Imperial Palace Casino
Hours: Daily 24 Hours

Mississippi Gambling Losses

One law in Mississippi fascinates me. I've seen this in several other states, but I've never seen a state law which focuses primarily on the cockfighting and dog fighting like the Mississippi law does. This is certainly an indication of what goes on in rural Mississippi. During the recent Michael Vick dog fighting scandal, for instance, Washington Redskins star running back, Clinton Portis, gave another hint of dog fighting in Mississippi.

Portis, who grew up in Laurel, Mississippi, said he could take reporters down "a lot of back roads" if they wanted to see dog fighting. Clinton Portis portrayed the activity as a matter-of-fact part of life in small town Mississippi. People inside the NFL and in the state of Mississippi rushed to condemn these comments and contradict them.

While I would recommend avoiding illegal dog fighting or cock fighting rings, it's interesting to note these laws exist, supposedly to discourage gambling on the "sports". Anyway, here is the law.

Mississippi Dog Fighting Law

Gamblers cannot bet on cockfighting or dog fighting in Mississippi. This is a major problem in the rural areas of the state. Old laws exist which outlaw dueling as a form of gambling. Indian ball play is another activity outlawed under Mississippi laws. These activities usually incur fines. If these fines are not paid, the criminal gambler can spend up to 90 days in jail.

If a person loses money at games like horse racing, cock fighting or dog fighting, that person may sue for a return of this money from the person who took it. The losing gambler also can sue for court costs. The losing gambler's wife or children also have the righ to sue. These laws do not apply to games that take place on cruise ships leaving from Mississippi's three southermost counties.

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