Missouri Online Gambling

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Once again Missouri lawmakers have introduced multiple sports betting bills in 2024 that would legalize online sports betting in Missouri. But none seems likely to pass before the current legislative session adjourns in May. However, it appears as though there may be a ballot initiative in November to add a constitutional amendment to legalize sports betting. If that happens and the amendment passes, online sportsbooks could arrive in the Show-Me State as early as 2025.

Current online gambling options are relatively scarce in Missouri, including both daily fantasy sports and social and sweepstakes casinos. Meanwhile, there is plenty of riverboat casino gambling available in the state with 13 different casinos operating, as well as the state lottery, bingo, and charitable games.

As Missouri considers online sportsbooks and/or other gambling expansion, we’ll keep you up to date with all the latest news and information. Bookmark us and make sure to check back for all the latest news and updates about online gambling in Missouri.

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Missouri legal gambling options

Riverboat Casinos

Missouri has 13 retail casinos. All 13 of Missouri’s casinos are on riverboats, and in fact several are waterborne crafts or floating rafts that are much closer to actual boats than “riverboat casinos” in other states. There can be thousands of slot machines and hundreds of table games onboard, and there are several live poker rooms among the casinos, as well. The largest riverboat casino in the state is the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City.

Online Casinos

Online casinos are not legal in Missouri at this time. In the past there have been bills proposing to legalize not just online sportsbooks but online casinos in Missouri as well, but none have managed to gain much support. For now, those in Missouri wanting to play casino games online can legally do so on social and sweepstakes sites featuring slots, table games and more. The sites use virtual currencies, but in some cases offer ways to redeem winnings for cash prizes.

Sports Betting

Missouri sports betting is not currently legal, but it could become legal soon. Bills introduced in both the House and Senate appear unlikely to pass in 2024. However, a ballot initiative proposing a constitutional amendment could appear on the November ballot, and if voters were to approve it there may be legal sports betting in Missouri by 2025.

 

Lottery

The Missouri Lottery first launched in 1986. Players can take part in draw games and scratchers. There is also a keno option that holds drawings every four minutes. The biggest games are the multi-state jackpot drawings such as Powerball and Mega Millions. Missouri does not allow the purchase of online lottery tickets, so you need to visit a retailer in the state in order to play. However, the Missouri Lottery does maintain a player’s club to reward players for continued loyalty.

Horse Betting

Despite the fact that Missouri shares a border with top states for horse racing, including Kentucky and Arkansas, the state does not offer  many options for horse betting. Pari-mutuel wagering on horse races is technically legal in Missouri, but there are currently no active tracks in the state. Meanwhile, off-track betting sites are not allowed in Missouri. The state also appears not to permit online horse betting, either, although there are advance deposit wagering sites that accept Missourians.

Daily Fantasy Sports

Daily fantasy sports contests are completely legal in Missouri. A 2016 law compelled DFS companies like DraftKings and FanDuel to apply for licenses (at a cost of $10,000) and pay 11.5% of their revenue to the state as tax. Missouri is therefore one of a small number of states that have explicitly legalized DFS. Top providers like FanDuel and DraftKings feature the usual slate of contests for Missouri players including in-game showdowns, tournaments and more.

Missouri online gambling FAQ

For the most part, no. There are no legal online casinos, online poker rooms, or online sportsbooks in Missouri. Although some Missouri lawmakers are working to change the situation, the status quo in the Show-Me State allows very little in the way of online gambling other than daily fantasy sports or social and sweepstakes casinos.

No. There are no legal sportsbooks of any kind taking wagers in Missouri. The best current option for Missourians who want to bet on sports is to travel to neighboring states like Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee, and Arkansas.

The Missouri Gaming Commission. All casinos, charitable gaming and DFS operations in the Missouri are under the oversight of the MGC. Any newly authorized gambling activities would likely fall under its purview as well.

In order to visit a Missouri riverboat casino, you must be 21 years or older. The Missouri Lottery requires players to be 18 or older to purchase tickets. It is possible to play bingo in the state if you are as young as 16.

Resources

Missourians are fortunate to live in a state that fully funds private counseling options for problem gamblers. The state maintains contracts with counselors in 20 Missouri counties and the city of St. Louis itself, and these counselors can help guide both gamblers and their families in the process of regaining control. If you want to seek help directly, you can reach out to a counselor at [email protected] to get started.

However, if you are still a bit unsure about everything and want to gather information, the first thing to do is contact the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling. This organization is a joint effort between several private, public, and government agencies to address problem gambling in the Show-Me State. The best way to get in touch is to dial 1-888-BETS-OFF.

The Missouri Gaming Commission maintains a Problem Gambling List (or Disassociated Persons List) as the state’s version of self-exclusion lists common in other states. Like other lists of its type, it bars gamblers who are on it from all Missouri casino locations.

If you need more information about the different aspects of gambling in Missouri, one of these links may be able to help: