All hopes set on the Mississippi Lawful Internet Gaming Act of 2012 introduced on February 20th 2012, were crashed as the bill went unapproved by the Ways and Means committee and the Gaming committee on March 6th, this year.
The bill put forth by Rep. Bobby Moak intended to make online betting in games legal and authorized as is the demand of the ethos of the young and emerging world of technology where people have their own virtual world, a world very near to the real and as much existent. The Bill, if had been accepted, would have boosted wagering and gaming as is prevalent in other parts of the world and would as well have controlled and regulated it.
Mississippi holds a strong history of gambling. Stick balls played by a section of American Indians, checkers and billiards are among the early games that have their roots in the state. There were Casinos built early in the fifties basing on the profitability of wagering on games. The gambling furor extended itself along the Gulf coast. Wrestling negative criticism Broadwater Beach Hotel was built in 1938 along with many others around the same time.
Stumbling through times gaming at casinos and hotels was legalized following the National Indian Gaming Act passed by Congress in 1988. Two years later on June 29, 1990, the Mississippi Legislature passed the Mississippi Gaming Control Act which makes gambling lawful only along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast. Since then there has been a construction of a number of casinos on commercial basis including far famed Caesars and MGM Resorts.
Similar attempts were made earlier by five other states and with Mississippi’s addition there are in total six states including New Jersey, Iowa, Nevada, California and Hawaii that have proposed a change of tack towards development and growth. With an exception of Nevada which has approved online poker regulations and issued twenty licenses, all other states have seen disappointment.