Missouri Gambling Laws & Online Poker in Missouri

Missouri still doesn’t have any online poker legislation in place.  However, changes have been discussed but there probably won’t be movement for a couple of years.

Type/Code Summary
State Code Section(s) XXI.313; XXXVIII. 572
Definitions Gambling: A person stakes or risks something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under his or her control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that he or she will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome.

Gambling device: Any device, machine, paraphernalia or equipment that is used or usable in the playing phases of any gambling activity, whether that activity consists of gambling between persons or gambling by a person with a machine.

Professional player: A player who engages in gambling for a livelihood or who has derived at least twenty percent of his or her income in any one year within the past five years from acting solely as a player.

Contest of chance: Any contest, game, gaming scheme or gaming device in which the outcome depends in a material degree upon an element of chance, notwithstanding that the skill of the contestants may also be a factor therein.

Online Poker/Gambling There have been no efforts to legalize online poker or casino games in Missouri, and it is an unlikely proposition in the coming years.
Live Poker All of the Missouri casinos have poker rooms offering cash games, and some offer tournaments as well.
Casinos Casinos on riverboats – or within a certain proximity of bodies of water – are legal, and there are more than a dozen of them operating in Missouri as fully functional facilities.
Sports Betting Lawmakers in both houses of the state legislature are considering versions of the Comprehensive Missouri Sports Betting and Sports Protection Act to legalize sports betting in 2018.
DFS Missouri passed the Fantasy Sports Consumer Protection Act in 2016 to legalize fantasy sports contests.
Other Forms of Gambling Lottery, bingo, charitable gaming, horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering.