Missouri Online Gambling

The latest on online gambling, sports betting, lottery and more.

Welcome to PlayMissouri, your leading source for information on legal online gambling, sports betting and casinos in Missouri.

Online casinos and other real money online gambling sites are unavailable in the state at this time. In fact, Missouri allowed very few gambling activities at all until 1980 when bingo and other charitable games became legal. The state lottery followed a few years after that, but it wasn’t until riverboat casino gambling became legal in the mid-1990s that Missouri became a genuine gambling destination. Now sports betting is front and center with lawmakers debating whether or not to join other states and legalize it.

As Missouri considers authorizing additional types of gambling — particularly online gambling — this page will keep you up to date on everything happening. Read on for all the latest details, and make sure to check back for all the latest developments about gambling in the Show-Me State.

For now though, Missouri residents can cross the border and download sports betting apps in Kansas.

Missouri legal gambling options

Riverboat Casinos

Missouri has 13 casinos. All 13 of Missouri’s casinos are on riverboats, and to Missouri’s credit, several of which 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. However, Rep. Dan Houx introduced an extremely ambitious bill during the previous legislative session that would have allowed online casinos, online poker and online sports betting. Though the bill failed, it does illustrate that the concept of online casinos is active among lawmakers. For now, visitors and residents of Missouri can only play online slots and table games via several sweepstakes and social casinos.

Sports Betting

Sports betting is not legal in Missouri at this time. However, the 2022 legislative session has brought the most realistic chance yet of legal sports betting. During the spring, the Missouri House passed HB 2502 by a wide margin, a bill that would have authorized the state’s casinos and professional sports franchises to offer both retail and online sportsbooks. However, the Senate did not support the bill, which means Missouri will have to wait until 2023 for lawmakers again to consider legalizing sports betting.

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 thus 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, poker rooms or sportsbooks in Missouri at this time. Although 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 DFS.

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

The Missouri Gaming Commission. All casinos, charitable gaming and DFS operations in the Show-Me State 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 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 gamblingcounselor@providentstl.org 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: