MGM Resorts International has opened what it describes as “…the next evolution of sports betting in Mississippi” this week. The $7m Moneyline Book, Bar & Grill sportsbook at its Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica features more than 60 HD screens including a giant video wall, expansive bar, three-meal dining, sportsbook, VIP lounge, lively entertainment, and the Mid-South’s first Topgolf Swing Suite.
Gold Strike, together with MGM sister property Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, made history last August when they simultaneously became the first Mississippi casinos to accept legal sports bets under the state’s new sports betting regulations.
Gold Strike President and COO David Tsai commented: “Last August, Gold Strike and MGM Resorts were the first to launch legalized sports betting in Mississippi, ushering in a new era of sports entertainment. Nearly a year later, we up the ante on the sports betting and sports entertainment experience in the Mid-South, with the opening of Moneyline Book, Bar & Grill and our own Topgolf Swing Suite.
“We’ve created an exceptional state-of-the-art venue that brings together sports, gaming, entertainment, dining and nightlife. These continued capital investments combined with our innovative service culture and M life Rewards loyalty program make Gold Strike the region’s premier sports entertainment destination.”
Upon approaching the sportsbook, guests see a long digital ticker tape highlighting all the current sports stats. Once in the venue, fans are greeted by two 16-foot wide by 9-foot tall video displays that can operate as 16 individual screens, in various combinations or as one large display.
Underneath the viewing wall sits a 50-foot-long bar with 16 video poker machines. Sports fans can bet on their favorite teams at the adjacent Race & Sports Book and be seated in one of several tiered dining and seating areas, each offering prime sports viewing angles throughout the 6,000-square-foot space.