Lady Luck Sportsbook Review
As one of the smallest casino resort destinations in Mississippi, the Lady Luck Casino in Vicksburg, MS – with 25,000 square feet of gaming space and an 89-room hotel (marketed, amusingly, as “the most upscale Days Inn anywhere”) – has recently changed hands, with Churchill Downs buying the property from Eldorado Resorts. However, the venue is intimate in its diminutive nature, and you can expect the Lady Luck sportsbook reviews to reflect that once sports betting goes live at the facility.
Because MS is one of the first states in the US to offer legal sports betting, this explains Churchill Downs’ interest in expanding to such a locale. Remember, there is no racetrack at Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg, but the property is a relatively inexpensive way for Churchill Downs to expand its forthcoming sportsbook service into states that have already passed their own sports betting legislation. Indeed, it is precisely because of Churchill Downs’ ownership that the Lady Luck sportsbook could be among the first MS-area sports betting products to go live in the state.
Currently, the Lady Luck sportsbook is not open for business, but Mississippi state regulators – who approved sports betting back in 2017 pending the overturn of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) – are outspoken about their desire to get sports betting up and running in the state by the end of summer, just in time for the start of the 2018 NFL season.
As such, Lady Luck will definitely be one of the first gambling venues in the state to open a sportsbook, as new owner Churchill Downs purchased the facility for that very reason. And, because Churchill Downs, Inc., owns several profitable properties throughout the US, they can actually better afford to pay any taxes or licensing fees that might be specially targeted at the sports betting industry in the state.
Currently, this taxation rate is a fairly high 12% on sportsbook revenue, but that puts MS in about the middle of where prospective sports betting states have proposed such taxation schemes. In other words, the tax rate on sports betting at the Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg shouldn’t be a deal-breaker to get the product off the ground (albeit bettors might see the fees reflected in higher house takes for standard spread bets, over/unders, and props).
Once it’s open to the public, you can expect the Lady Luck sportsbook to have full-service betting for all its hundreds of thousands of yearly patrons. Indeed, because Churchill Downs now owns the facility (and other future sports betting locales throughout the US), it makes sense that Lady Luck would have one of the most robust, comprehensive sportsbooks in the state.
Since the Churchill Downs name is synonymous with sports betting quality and almost infinite wagering options, the Lady Luck sportsbook should have everything from NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA action to collegiate wagering (NCAA) and international odds and lines on sports like soccer, rugby, cricket, tennis, golf, boxing, MMA, and more. Patrons at the Lady Luck will get to try theirs via placing spreads, straights, totals, props, futures, specials, and more on all their favorite sports and matchups, 24-7-365.
There is a piece of legislation in Mississippi’s sports betting law that specifically limits where and how you can place bets at Lady Luck sportsbook on your mobile device. The law, of course, isn’t limited to Lady Luck, as it applies to every potential sportsbook in the state, and it basically says this about mobile sports betting: At first, sportsbooks in MS will be allowed to offer apps and mobile Internet sports betting services only to patrons physically inside the casino or gambling resort in question.
In the case of the Lady Luck Vicksburg, this means that you’d have to be somewhere on the property to wager on sports. That said, you would presumably be able to use your mobile from, say, your hotel suite (or by the pool, or in the spa, etc.). This offers customers the opportunity to not be confined to the Lady Luck sports betting lounge on its actual casino floor, which is a definite boon in terms of convenience and comfort.
Of course, it remains unclear exactly how long the wait for such a mobile sports betting portal or app will be before launch, and it’s also unclear whether or not the state will want to expand Internet-based sports betting such that MS residents can wager on athletics at the Lady Luck sportsbook (and other area sportsbooks) from the comfort of their own homes.
That said, if you’d like to enjoy real Internet-based sports betting right now, you don’t have to wait. Mississippi residents who wish to wager online can do so immediately, as legal offshore sportsbooks like Bovada, SportsBetting, BetOnline, and other top providers have been serving the MS area for over two decades. These books have fair lines, clear odds boards, and guaranteed payouts for their hundreds of thousands of MS customers, and despite land-based sports betting finally being legal in Mississippi, these sites remain legal, free, and secure to use.
It is currently unknown whether or not the Lady Luck sportsbook will have proxy betting. However, because proxy betting is such a potentially valuable service (it lets sports bettors bypass the Interstate Wire Act of 1961, which nominally bars sportsbooks from accepting wagers placed across state lines), the Lady Luck would do well to offer this perk if MS law doesn’t specifically ban it in the future.
Proxy betting simply lets a gambler or sports bettor place wagers at their favorite sportsbooks when they are out of town or out of the state itself. By using a licensed, local third party to place their bets at their sportsbook, an individual can effectively wager across state lines at Mississippi sportsbooks without violating federal law. And because the lady Luck sportsbook’s online/mobile betting portal will be geo-fenced at the state level (once it even gets to that level), there will always be a market for proxy betting. Indeed, no Lady Luck sportsbook review would be complete without an appeal for this valuable service.