The app only will function while patrons are physically on-site at the resort. This limitation stems from Mississippi gaming regulations, which prevent online wagering outside the host property.
However, casino management says the app’s chief value will be to reduce the need for patrons to occupy the physical sportsbook or wait in line to place wagers. Last week, the sportsbook director, Chris Hopwood, told WTOK:
“It’s very busy in here on a college football Saturday and Sunday, before the games kick off and the mobile app will allow guests to not have to wait in line if they want to come inside for that and the other option is the in-play betting. They will be able to sit there at the counter or their table or any hotel room, wherever they want to go, and make bets.”
Details about the app remain scarce
So far, PRR management has not divulged many details about the app. Even its name and launch date remain unclear at this point.
However, we do know a few tidbits about the app. For one thing, both iOS and Android devices will be able to download and use it.
The app will also allow in-game proposition betting:
“We’re also hoping with the in-play, we’ll have prop bets on the game,” said Hopwood. “So the guests will be allowed to vote on their favorite props that we have throughout game.”
Presumably, the app will also allow standard wagering, like point spread bets and moneylines.
Pearl River Resort a unique property
PRR’s debut of the app may come as a bit of a surprise. The tribal property will beat its larger competitors, like Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts, to the online market in Mississippi.
However, the PRR is one of the unique casino locations in the United States. For one thing, the property is not just one casino — there are actually three on site.
Within the property, the Golden Moon Casino, the Silver Star Casino and the Bok Homa Casino all operate as separate entities. The sportsbook itself was born from the converted Timeout Lounge, a sports bar facility in the Golden Moon.
The resort also features a golf course and a water park. With so many places that sports bettors could be on-site, a sports betting app here makes sense.