Unless you’re talking about riverboat gambling, most people wouldn’t consider Mississippi a hotbed of casino gambling, but they’d be wrong.
Currently, 12 cities in Mississippi have casino gambling. These cities are mostly located along the Gulf Coast or on the northern border of the state.
The state has 35 licensed casinos operating within their borders. These casinos offer over 38,000 slot machines, 1,000 table games, 100 poker tables, and multiple sports betting facilities.
Many of these casinos have done extensive renovations in the past few years. This was as a result of hurricanes that have blasted through the area in the last few years.
Mississippi has legal gambling in the three Gulf Coast counties of the state. They have also allowed gambling in any structure that is 800 feet from a high water line of a body of water or on riverboats.
While the Gulf Coast casinos can be built on dry land, other casinos in the state are built over a body of water, usually the Mississippi River. In more creative cases, a man-made trench of some sort is dug out to force the water under the casino to meet the legal obligations.
The state also allows for riverboat gambling. This leads to several casinos attaching a boat (in water) to a land-based hotel and other amenities, making it legal.
Recent changes in the law have expanded casino offerings to include sports betting. Many casinos have added sportsbooks to their casinos, which has led to them expanding their sports lounges and bars to create an atmosphere conducive to attracting sports fans.
Of all the casinos in the state, two are Native American casinos. They’re under the umbrella of one resort but operate under two different licenses.
I’ve gone through ratings on several different review sites to provide you with the best casinos in the state.
In compiling this list, I used the following review sites:
These sites allow for guests to review their experiences at the hotel. After reviewing the information, I have listed the casino resorts in order based on reviews.
Keep in mind that some hotels may get lower reviews because they’re designed to be simpler than some of the higher-ranked hotels.
For instance, a $600 a night resort may get a five-star rating, but a $39 a night budget hotel may get only three stars. That doesn’t make the three-star hotel a bad choice. It just means that they have fewer amenities than the five-star hotel.
If you’re going to one of these casinos, make a plan. Don’t count on gambling 24/7. Make some arrangements to see some sights. Take in an activity like going to the beach or playing some golf. Sitting in a dimly lit room with screens full of flashing lights for a week straight isn’t healthy.
In other words, take a break and enjoy the surroundings outside.
The Palace Casino Resort is a 234-room hotel that’s situated three miles from both the beach and Keesler Air Force Base.
The resort offers five restaurants, two bars, a full-service spa, and a 24-hour fitness center. It is also the only smoke-free casino in Biloxi.
The casino has over 38,000 square feet of floor space. They offer over 1,000 slot/video poker machines and 30 table games. Players can choose from:
Both the machines and table games are available 24 hours a day.
Address: 158 Howard Ave, Biloxi MS 39530
Trip Advisor rating: 4.5 out of 5.0
Offering 29 floors and 1,740 rooms, the Beau Rivage is among the biggest resorts in Mississippi.
The resort offers nine restaurants, two bars, a full-service spa, 50,000 square feet of meeting space, 14 retail shops, a golf course, an arcade, and is located 200 yards from the beach.
The 85,000 square foot casino offers over 1,800 slot/video poker machines, 110 table games, sports betting, and 16 poker tables. Games available include:
The casino offers table games, machines, and poker 24 hours a day.
Address: 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS 39530
This 500-room hotel and casino located on the Mississippi River and on the border of Arkansas features six restaurants, a bar, a fitness center, and a golf driving range.
The casino is made up of 63,000 square feet of floor space. It has almost 1,300 slot/video poker machines, 70 gaming tables, and 10 poker tables. Guests can play the following games:
Address: 1021 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, MS 38664
The recently expanded Island View now boasts 970 rooms. The resort has 14 restaurants and three bars and an 18-hole golf course.
The casino floor is 126,000 square feet and has over 2,700 slot/video poker machines, 45 gaming tables, and has sports betting. Games featured include:
Address: 3300 W Beach Blvd., Gulfport, MS 39501
The Gold Strike is located less than a mile from the Arkansas border and Mississippi River. The 1,133-room resort features three restaurants, a full-service spa, a nightclub, and two bars.
The casino boasts 50,000 square feet of floor space, 1,400 slot/video poker machines, sports betting, and over 50 table games. The games featured at the casino include:
Address: 1010 Casino Center Dr., Robinsonville, MS 38664
The 479-room rock and roll themed hotel features 11 restaurants, two bars, a spa, fitness center, beauty salon, and a 9,000 square foot theater.
The casino floor has 60,000 square feet of space. It features over 1,200 slot/video poker machines, sports betting, and over 50 table games. Players can enjoy such games as:
Address: 777 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS, 39530, USA
This 32-story, 1,088-room resort features seven restaurants, one bar, an indoor shopping center, and a fitness center.
The casino is 70,000 square feet. It has 1,700 slot/video poker machines, sports betting, 60 table games, and 10 poker tables. Games you can play at the IP include:
Address: 50 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39530
This 706-room hotel is located less than a mile from the beach. It features six restaurants, two bars, a live music venue, a shopping center, a spa, a beauty salon, and a fitness center.
The casino features sports betting, nearly 1,200 slot/video poker machines, 49 table games, and a poker room with nine tables. Games in the casino include:
Address: 151 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39530
Located 100 yards from the Gulf of Mexico, the 300-room Scarlet Pearl features eight restaurants, three bars, a boutique, and a newly built $3 million 36-hole miniature golf course.
The casino features over 60,000 square feet of floor space. The casino features over 1,200 slot/video poker machines, sports betting, and 37 gaming tables. The Scarlet Pearl features:
Address: 9380 Central Avenue, D’Iberville, MS 39540
Located in Bay St. Louis, the Hollywood Casino features 291 rooms, six restaurants, one bar, an RV park, a marina where guests can anchor their boats, and an 18-hole golf course.
The casino has 42,500 square feet of space. Guests can choose to place a sports bet, play their choice of over 1,150 slot/video poker machines, enjoy the many games offered on the 20 gaming tables, or sit in on a poker game at one of their six tables in their private poker room.
Among the games offered at the Hollywood Casino are:
Address: 711 Hollywood Blvd., Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
This 185-room hotel offers five restaurants, a bar, an RV park, a gift boutique, and a partnership with a local golf course, and it is all within 100 yards of the Gulf of Mexico.
The casino is a bit small compared to other resorts, with only 25,000 square feet of space. It has sports betting, 800 slot/video poker machines, and 26 table games. Among the games offered are:
Address: 1980 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS. 39531
This 494-room hotel and casino offers four restaurants, two bars, a spa, two gift shops, and a fitness center.
The casino features sports betting, 1,100 slot/video poker machines, six poker tables, and 20 table games all spread over 55,000 square feet of floor space.
The casino features these games:
Address: 1150 Casino Strip Resort Blvd., Robinsonville, MS 38664
This nine-story, 1,070-room Sam’s Town Hotel has four restaurants, two ballrooms, two shops, two bars, an RV park, a 1,600-seat amphitheater, and an escape room. The hotel is next door to the River Bend Links Golf Course.
The casino is built on barges that float in a pool of water linked to the nearby Mississippi River, so under state law, it is considered a riverboat casino.
The floor of the casino is 75,000 square feet and houses a sports betting operation, 700 slot/video poker machines, and 19 table games.
Patrons can choose among the following games to play:
Address: 1477 Casino Strip Resorts Boulevard, Robinsonville, MS 38664
Ameristar is a riverboat casino and hotel with 149 rooms, four restaurants, a nightclub, two bars, and an RV park.
The 70,000 square foot casino houses over 1,500 slot/video poker machines, 36 table games, and a 10-table poker room.
Games in the casino include:
Address: 4116 Washington Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180
Phone: (601) 638-1000
This 160-room hotel and casino is located on the beach and has five restaurants, three bars, and an RV park.
The 36,000 square foot casino features sports betting, over 1,000 slot/video poker machines, and 29 table games. Players can enjoy such games as:
Address: 5000 S Beach Blvd., Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
This pet-friendly 506-room hotel features three restaurants, two bars, a fitness center, an indoor pool, and a Jacuzzi.
The 38,000 square foot casino provides players with sports betting, over 1,000 slot/video poker machines, and 20 table games.
Players can choose from among:
Address: 711 Lucky Lane, Robinsonville, MS 38664-9141
The Pearl River Resort is the home of two hotels and casinos, the Silver Star Hotel & Casino and Golden Moon Hotel & Casino. The resort has a total of 1,074 rooms in the two hotels.
The resort has six restaurants, three bars, two golf courses, Geyser Falls Water Theme Park, and a spa.
The casinos offer a combined 160,000 square feet of floor space. The two casinos have 3,650 slot/video poker machines, 100 table games, a poker room with 14 tables, and also offers sports betting.
Games in the casinos include:
Address: 13541 Highway 16 West, Choctaw, MS 39350
Magnolia Bluffs has a 140-room hotel that features three restaurants, a bar, a fitness center, and a spa.
The 16,000 square foot casino floor is home to over 500 slot/video poker machines, 14 table games, four poker tables, and has sports betting.
Players have their choice of the following games:
Address: 7 Roth Hill Rd., Natchez, MS 39120
This 105-room hotel has four restaurants, three bars, a 24-hour fitness center, and a full-service spa.
The size of the casino is 33,000 square feet. It has sports betting, over 700 slot/video poker machines, and 15 table games.
Games featured at the casino are:
Address: 4280 Harlow’s Blvd., Greenville, MS 38701
Phone: 866-524-LUCK ext. (5825)
Harrah’s Gulf Coast is a 499-room hotel. The property has seven restaurants, three bars, a full-service spa, a fitness center, and is next to the Point Cadet Marina.
The 35,000 square foot casino floor has sports betting, 775 slot/video poker machines, and 35 table games.
When playing at Harrah’s, you can expect these games to be available:
Address: 280 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39530
This 487-room pet-friendly hotel has three restaurants, a 24-hour fitness center, and laundry facilities.
The casino is 63,500 square feet. In the casino, there are over 900 slot/video poker machines and 20 table games.
The games at the casino include:
Address: 777 Isle of Capri Parkway, Lula, MS 38644
Located on the Louisiana border along the coast of the Mississippi River, the modest 98-room hotel features three restaurants, a bar, and a fitness center.
The casino is 35,000 square feet. It has over 600 slot/video poker machines and eight table games. Among the games offered are:
Address: 1380 Warrenton Rd., Vicksburg, MS 39180
A lot of changes have happened in the Mississippi casino scene in the last two decades. Hurricane Katrina devastated the area. Many casinos closed and never reopened.
Many had to rebuild and renovate. Some took upwards of five years to recover.
Other hurricanes hit hard as well between 2005 and 2018. While the damage was not as bad as Katrina in most cases, repairs were still costly.
A number of independent casinos prior to Katrina sold or came under the management of larger chains. The larger casino chains provided the necessary tools to rebuild and reopen the damaged properties.
Since 2018, casinos in the state have been put in the spotlight once again.
Mississippi was among the first states to allow sports betting after the law was overturned (in actuality, they passed a sports betting law prior to the overturning of the federal law). This has led to a number of casinos adding sports betting to their menu of casino offerings.
In some cases, some are removing other gambling options to accommodate sports betting, such as eliminating a poker room or reducing the number of table games or gaming machines in anticipation of the popularity of the new option.
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