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Vicksburg is anticipating tourism boost from sports betting

Mississippi is expected to become one of the first states to add sports betting in the coming months. Source: WLBT Mississippi is expected to become one of the first states to add sports betting in the coming months. Source: WLBT
Mississippi is expected to become one of the first states to add sports betting in the coming months. Source: WLBT Mississippi is expected to become one of the first states to add sports betting in the coming months. Source: WLBT
Mississippi is expected to become one of the first states to add sports betting in the coming months. Source: WLBT Mississippi is expected to become one of the first states to add sports betting in the coming months. Source: WLBT
Mississippi is expected to become one of the first states to add sports betting in the coming months. Source: WLBT Mississippi is expected to become one of the first states to add sports betting in the coming months. Source: WLBT
Mississippi is expected to become one of the first states to add sports betting in the coming months. Source: WLBT Mississippi is expected to become one of the first states to add sports betting in the coming months. Source: WLBT
VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi is expected to become one of the first states to add sports betting in the coming months.

Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision gave the option to the states to set those laws. Sports betting will only be allowed inside casinos in Mississippi.

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Some folks in Vicksburg are already putting sports betting on their calendar.

"September 29 when Mississippi State plays Florida, I'm going to be there with a bunch of alumni from both sides," said Mark Giancini.

Mark Giacini said he's placed those bets in Vegas before, but looks forward to having it in his own backyard.

"I think it's exciting to go," explained Giancini. "It's a lot of fun to do. Not just by yourself, but if you go with a bunch of friends, you can watch the game, bet on it, it's a little camaraderie also."

The Mayor says it's the kind of cash infusion that they're looking for.

"It creates an opportunity for folks to come into the city by way of the casinos and that's foot traffic for us," described Mayor George Flaggs. "When foot traffic comes in to the city of Vicksburg, that's tourism. When tourism comes, that sales tax increase. So, we welcome opportunity."

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Shops in the downtown area say they're keeping a close eye on how sports betting will up those tourist numbers.

"I was excited," said Ann Haden about hearing the news. "Not that I'm a better but I just thought that's just great for the casinos because they have lulls and this will just bring people in when they are at their slow points. A lot of people when there are sports, they're not here in town. With being able to bet on sports instead more people will be here in Vicksburg.

Pinnacle Entertainment is the parent company of Ameristar Vicksburg. Troy Stremming is the Executive VP of Government Relations and Public Affairs with Pinnacle Entertainment.

Stremming says they're excited the State of Mississippi was proactive in their approach to "basically bring sports wagering out of the shadows and into the light and give consumers some protections they deserve."

They're also hoping folks who may not be interested in coming in for slot machines will be drawn in by the sports betting.

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