Penn National Gaming is looking likely to have sports betting at all five of its Mississippi casinos before the end of the month according to a statement issued by the firm this week. It plans to go live with ‘state-of-the-art’ sportsbooks at Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast and Boomtown Casino Biloxi on August 17 and at Hollywood Casino Tunica, 1st Jackpot Casino Tunica, and Resorts Casino Tunica on August 24.

CEO Timothy J Wilmott commented: “Penn National is thrilled to begin offering sports wagering to our customers in Mississippi. Their excitement has been growing since the federal ban on sports betting was repealed in May, and we can’t wait to provide our patrons with another great amenity at our casinos.”

Penn added in the statement that guests will also be able to place wagers on sports at Resorts Casino in Tunica using kiosks in the near future.

“I can’t wait to welcome fans from across the southeast this fall,” said Mike Galle, general manager at Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast. “Whether it’s for big SEC football games on Saturday or the New Orleans games on Sunday, we expect to provide a great venue for customers to enjoy betting on sports and the other great amenities at Hollywood Casino.”

Justin Carter, general manager for Penn National’s properties in Tunica, added: “Every time I step on the gaming floor a customer approaches me about sports betting. With the extreme passion in the region around sports, and college athletics in particular, we look forward to becoming a destination for fans in northern Mississippi, Memphis, and Arkansas.”