Choctaw tribal casinos to have sports betting soon

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CHOCTAW, Miss. (WTOK) - Mississippi is one of just five states that have the edge on getting started with sports betting.

Regulations are out for public comment from the state Gaming Commission. But similar changes have already been given a green light by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

While the three Choctaw casinos aren't connected to the state's gaming commission, the overall goal and excitement surrounding the new offering is the same.

"We are hopeful that we will bring in new guests that haven't been here with the addition of the sports betting," said Erica Clemons Moore, public relations director at Pearl River Resort. "We're hoping that the people that are really into the professional sports, the collegiate sports, will come here and participate in the legal sports betting and have a good time while doing it."

Just a little more than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed states to add legal sports betting, the Choctaw Tribal Council unanimously approved its new regulations.

And Chief Phyliss Anderson says she thinks it's the right environment for the addition.

"We expect it to go very well as Mississippi and Alabama both have dedicated sports fans," Chief Anderson said.

"And we also anticipate and are hopeful that we'll attract new guests from the region that'll come to our property that haven't been here before," said Moore. "And also we want to offer an exciting new opportunity and gaming options for our loyal guests as well."

Pearl River Resort includes two casinos, Silver Star and Golden Moon. The tribe plans to offer sports betting at both those locations as well as the Bok Homa Casino in Sandersville.

The tribe hopes to announce the official date that sports betting will go live in the near future.