BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - NFL preseason action meant the first big chance for the Gulf Coast to legally wager on games. At the IP Casino's Sportsbook, bettors were excited about the variety of games on the menu.
For Lamont Hayes, it's a black and gold kind of night. He and a friend came down from Hattiesburg on his day off to watch the New Orleans Saints and place bets at the Sportsbook.
"We came down to the Coast to eat, drink, and bet on some games, make few bets and try to win some money," Hayes said.
Most of the bets were tied to Thursday's 12 NFL preseason games, however, folks have also been wagering on other sports.
"We're starting to get bigger bets on baseball. People have been coming in before work to bet on early WNBA games," said George Cole, IP Sportsbook director. "We've had more action on those here than we typically do in Las Vegas."
Cole also says these preseason games are a precursor for what could be a busy late summer and fall.
"The NFL will be the start of it, but we're really getting ready for college football and that first big weekend of SEC games," Cole added.
Sports betting opened on the Coast last week at the Beau Rivage.