There are very few legal online sports betting venues in Missouri. However, the good news is that most of the anticipated new legislation already exists that will add an online sports betting element to the state’s existing legal sports gambling laws. So when legal betting does eventually arrive, you can bet online and even on a cell phone and outdoor sports wagering in Missouri. The first step is to convince your local Missouri state government to pass a law allowing online sports betting.
Unfortunately, there is no current plan to pass legal sports betting bills in Missouri. The lack of support for such legislation is likely related to the fact that many other states have already legalized sports betting. Those other states include New Jersey, Delaware, Nevada, Oregon, California and Pennsylvania. Those states all have legalized sports betting over the internet.
However, those same states are also considering legalizing online sports betting as well. The differences in those efforts may mean that legalization of gambling in other states without simultaneous legalization of online sports betting could be a challenge for legislators in Missouri to overcome. On one hand, some Missouri politicians are concerned that online gambling will take away from the revenue that is generated through traditional casinos. On the other hand, other Missouri politicians want to fully legalize online sports betting because they believe it is a revenue generator for the state. As a result, the tug of war continues.
Many sports gambling supporters believe the federal ban on sports gambling should stay. Opponents argue that if the federal ban is overturned, the state of Missouri could experience an economic depression. In addition to the loss of potential tax dollars, the argument that the federal ban is ineffective has been disputed by experts in the field of economics. Since the economic recession has made many people jobless, the loss of income from not being able to gamble for money could actually cost the state more money than if there were no laws in place.
At the present time, three states have legalized sports gambling; Montana, Oregon and Wisconsin. Interestingly enough, all three states have legalized online gambling, so it would not be surprising if all three states legalized online betting as well. Those states with no legalized casinos include Arkansas, Oklahoma and Mississippi. As you can see, there are strong arguments on both sides of the issue when it comes to the legality of online sporting events in the states that have legalized them. In some cases, it may come down to a case by case basis when it comes to which legal sports gambling is deemed legal.
At the present time, it appears that the upcoming Missouri House of Representatives will be debating three different pieces of legislation. Those three pieces of legislation would have the Missouri Supreme Court deciding if there is an appropriate amount of regulation when it comes to the online sports betting industry. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the state, it is expected that all Missouri local municipalities would then have to allow sports betting at local casinos and racetrack. This means that all three parts of the state would have a legitimate betting industry in place.
Additionally, if the court rules against the state, there is a chance that the state would fall into litigation with the Missouri Department of Revenue over the revenue that is generated from the riverboat gambling industry. In the past, the Missouri Department of Revenue had frozen accounts operated by the riverboat gambling industry out of the state. This means that all wagers on Missouri lottery tickets or any other type of lottery tickets would have to be handled through the state if they wanted to be accepted by the lottery in Missouri. If that happened, the state would lose a significant source of tax revenue.
Currently, there are only a small number of Riverboat Casino’s operating in the state of Missouri. Most of the casinos are spread out throughout the rest of the cities and counties. In addition, none of the riverboats themselves are open to the public. Therefore, the current trend is that casinos are not expected to start operating in Missouri until the state lottery allows them to do so.