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Missouri Casino Industry

Missouri ranks seventh in the U.S. in total state gaming tax revenue and eighth in consumer spending on commercial casino gaming. The St. Louis/Southwestern Illinois region is the seventh largest casino market in the U.S., and Kansas City, Missouri is the eleventh largest (based on 2012 figures).

Gaming Taxes

Missouri is one of the highest-taxed casino jurisdictions in the country, paying a net effective tax rate of 26.65% off the top, in addition to other business taxes. That effective rate includes a 21% gaming tax (10% goes to the home dock community), $2 per patron admission fees paid by casinos, and reimbursements to the state.

Casino taxes are the State of Missouri’s fifth largest source of revenue. The state’s 13 casinos contribute more to the state in gaming tax revenue alone than all 156,000 Missouri businesses combined, plus casinos generate millions of dollars a year in property and sales taxes.

Gaming Resources

Timeline

1994

Missouri’s first two cruising riverboat casinos – President Casino in downtown St. Louis and Station Casino in St. Charles – open on May 27 with video poker and table games. Argosy Casino Riverside, St. Jo Frontier Casino and Harrah’s North Kansas City open by September. Voters approve games of chance in November and guests are playing slot machines in December.

1995

Missouri Gaming Association establishes its first responsible gaming program, the 1-888-BETSOFF hotline. Casino Aztar in Caruthersville and Sam’s Town in Kansas City open.

1996

Missouri Gaming Commission allows riverboat casinos to remain dockside. Flamingo Hilton Kansas City opens.

1997

The Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling is founded. Station Casino Kansas City and Players/Harrah’s Casino in Maryland Heights open.

1998

Voters approve a constitutional amendment permitting boats in moats within 1,000 feet of a river. Sam’s Town becomes the only Missouri casino to close.

1999

At the five-year anniversary, Missouri has received $580 million in tax revenue for education and $148 million to host communities.

2000

The dedicated Compulsive Gamblers Fund, which is financed through admission fees paid by casinos, is signed into law.

2001

Mark Twain Casino in LaGrange and Isle of Capri Boonville open.

2002

The $360 million Ameristar St. Charles Casino and Hotel expansion opens.

2003

Argosy Riverside Casino and Hotel opens its $105 million expansion.

2004

At the 10-year anniversary, Missouri has received a total $1.65 billion for education, and $473 million for veterans and early childhood programs. Missouri Casino Entertainment 10th Anniversary Book

2005

Total casino capital investment in Missouri exceeds $1.8 billion.

2006

More than $1.3 billion in expansions and renovations are underway, for a total capital investment of more than $3 billion. The Missouri Gaming Association funds gambling-related questions on the Missouri Department of Health behavioral risk factor survey.

2007

A survey of Missouri casino employees shows their job satisfaction is nearly double that of the U.S. workforce. Help for problem gamblers is expanded with an email option for reaching 1-888-BETSOFF.

2008

Voters eliminate Missouri’s $500 loss limit, the only such restriction in the nation, making Missouri more competitive for casino tourism dollars. The Missouri Department of Health reports that less than one percent of Missouri residents who gamble report financial problems related to gambling. Lumière Place Casino and Hotel in downtown St. Louis opens.

2009

In a year when casino attendance falls sharply nationwide, Missouri is one of just three states to see gaming revenue increase. $470 million in state tax revenue is generated.

2010

River City Casino opens in South St. Louis County. Missouri casinos employ more than 11,000 people and donate more than $2 million to charitable organizations.

2011

Veterans programs receive $6.6 million in tax revenue from Missouri casinos, which also honor veterans with charitable donations and volunteer hours.

2012

The state’s 13th and final casino, Isle Casino Cape Girardeau, opens its doors. Casinos have generated a total $1.2 billion in tax revenue for host communities since 1994.

2013

An $82 million casino expansion of River City Casino in South St. Louis County includes a seven-story hotel and 100 new jobs.