(Population of 6.064 million as of 2014)
Don’t expect to see iGaming in Missouri anytime soon. The state is notorious for its strict position on gambling, and it’s often mentioned in the list of states opposed to iGaming that very well may opt out in the instance that federal legislation were to pass.
Even if Missouri were to consider iGaming, they would have to pass a constitutional amendment to give the legislature the power to make it happen, much like they did in 1984 in order to create the Missouri State Lottery Commission. Likewise, in 1992 they passed another amendment to allow riverboat casinos. Needless to say, it wouldn’t be easy to make online poker happen under current laws.
As such, some Missouri lawmakers have called for federal online gambling regulations, which would bypass the need to alter the state constitution. Last year the Missouri Times reported that at a Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection saw Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt discussed the topic.
“What works on the floor of a casino in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Biloxi or St. Louis may not work in the virtual world of online gambling,” McCaskill said. Despite their desire to see federal iGaming legislation, neither McCaskill nor Blunt have been pioneers in making it happen.
Missouri, historically anti-gambling, has passed a bill that would regulate but not tax DFS, exemption it from gambling laws as a game of skill. Even given that information, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has remained on the RAWA support list two years running, in both 2014 and 2015.
No iGaming legislation has been introduced in Missouri, and it doesn’t like they’ll be any movement in the foreseeable future.