1992 Missouri voters approved a statewide referendum
to allow riverboat casinos. There is no limit on the
number of licenses that may be issued by the state's
gaming commission, and the law also permits dockside
gambling in some locations.
All of the boats
on the Missouri River offer dockside gambling. Although
originally required to cruise, these boats were later
ordered to remain dockside for the safety of the passengers.
As of mid-1998 there were eleven casinos in operation.
All boats are
limited to two-hour gaming sessions, and you must
be on board within forty-five minutes of the scheduled
starting time of each session. If an admission fee
is charged, you are allowed to remain onboard between
sessions, and are allowed to leave at any time the
boat is at dockside.
There is a $500
loss-limit on all sessions, which is enforced by issuing
vouchers (usually in denominations of $20 and $100)
to each passenger as they board. In order to get gaming
chips, you must exchange your cash along with an equal
amount of vouchers. If you use all $500 of your vouchers,
you can't gamble anymore during that session. The
sharing of vouchers is prohibited by law, even between
spouses! There is no limit on winnings.
Two of the first
casinos to open in the Saint Louis area were The President
(800-77-ADMIRAL) and Station City Casino St. Charles
In the Kansas
City area the first ones open were Sam's Town (800-988-07ll),
Harrah's (800-HARRAHS), Argosy (800-270-77ll), and
All casinos offer
a full variety of table games and machines, and the
minimum gambling age is twenty-one.
For more information
on visiting Missouri call 800-877-1234.
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