The Show Me State has yet to legalize sports betting, however, it does have several casinos on the waterways of the Missouri and Mississippi state rivers.
On May 14, 2018, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was overturned allowing each state in the country to propose and create their own laws and regulations for sports betting.
The state has not moved forward to legalize sports betting in Missouri yet, but if revenue from traditional casino gaming declines, lawmakers could change their stance.
In 1994, the Missouri Riverboat Gambling Amendment was passed to allow riverboat casino gambling, thus expanding the state’s offerings to various table games, games of chance, and slots. Missourians may also find casinos in various “moats” or other bodies of water as laws allowing for riverboat casinos can be vague. Other gambling activities in Missouri include things like bingo, raffles, and the state lottery.
Until legal sports betting reaches Missouri, residents can take solace in the fact that they are virtually surrounded by states to the north, east, and south that have already legalized various forms of sports betting. Sports betting laws have been introduced in each of Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee, and Arkansas.
When Will Online Sports Betting Be Legal in Missouri?
Should sports betting become legal in Missouri, the state already has 13 casinos that could begin offering in-person betting.
A bill was introduced in 2018 to allow these existing casinos, as well as daily fantasy companies, to begin offering sports betting also. The bill failed to advance past the committee stage and various other bills put forth in 2019 suffered similar fates.
In recent developments, three bills, H 2318, H 2284, and H 2088, were introduced and cleared by the House committee in 2020. The bills allow for legalized in-person and online sports betting but differ in the number of tax rates that would be levied on operators.
While discussions still exist around things like who would regulate the industry and possible integrity fees to the leagues, unfortunately, these bills had to be shelved for 2020 as legislation was slowed due to COVID-19.
Because Missouri has America’s 11th largest casino market, lawmakers feel the pressure to compete with neighboring states. That being said, we are likely a little ways away from legalized sports betting in Missouri.
Missouri Sports Betting FAQs
Is sports betting legal in Missouri?
Missouri state law currently prohibits wagering on sports, however, it does allow for gambling on things like bingo, lottery, pull tabs, and traditional casino gaming.
Do casinos in Missouri have to be on the water?
Casinos in Missouri, as per the Missouri Riverboat Gambling Amendment, must be either on or located near bodies of water.
Can I bet on sports online from Missouri?
At this time, you cannot bet on sports online.