Boyd Gaming Corporation has opened sports books at its two Mississippi properties – IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi, and Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Tunica — following the receipt of final approval from the Mississippi Gaming Commission.

The sports-betting operations are Boyd Gaming’s first sports books outside of the state of Nevada. The firm currently operates 10 sports books at its properties across southern Nevada.

“The debut of our sports books in Mississippi, together with our recently-announced strategic partnership with FanDuel Group, are important milestones for our company as we begin to participate in the expansion of sports betting across the United States,” said Keith Smith, president and chief executive officer.

“Expanded sports betting is an exciting growth opportunity, offering us another way to diversify our business and expand our appeal – and Boyd Gaming is well-positioned to be a leader in this emerging business.”