Introduction to Missouri Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020
Missouri slot machine casino gambling consists of thirteen riverboat casinos across the state.
A theoretical payout minimum limit exists per state gaming regulations. Further, return statistics are publicly available.
This post continues my weekly State-By-State Slot Machine Casino Gambling Series, an online resource dedicated to guiding slot machine casino gambler to success. Now in its third year, each weekly post reviews slots gambling in a single U.S. state, territory, or federal district.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Missouri*
The minimum legal gambling age in Missouri depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 21
- Poker Rooms: 21
- Bingo: 18
- Lottery: 18
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
Missouri was the fifth U.S. state to approve riverboat casinos. Gaming regulations for these casinos have evolved over time including eliminating cruising, closing boarding for two-hour-long gaming sessions, and removal of the original $500 loss limit on each gaming session.
The state of Missouri withholds 4% of winnings on $1,200 or more jackpots or cash prizes. Filing a tax return with Missouri can potentially return some of this withheld state income tax.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws might apply to various forms of gaming. It is not legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in Missouri
Private ownership of a slot machine is legal in this state if it is at least 30 years old.
Gaming Control Board in Missouri
The Missouri Gaming Commission is responsible for establishing state gaming regulations for riverboat casinos, fantasy sports, bingo, and charitable games. This state gaming control board also hosts the interesting Missouri Gaming Commission News and Information blog with gaming news and information as well as photos.
Casinos in Missouri
There are thirteen riverboat casinos in Missouri.
The largest casino in Missouri is Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City with 2,578 gaming machines.
The second-largest casino is Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles with 2,567 gaming machines.
Commercial Casinos in Missouri
The 13 riverboat casinos in Missouri are:
- Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City
- Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles located 23 miles northwest of St. Louis.
- Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa in Riverside located 7 miles northwest of Kansas City.
- Century Casino Cape Girardeau located 116 miles southeast of St. Louis.
- Century Casino Caruthersville located 98 miles north of Memphis, Tennessee.
- Harrah’s Kansas City in North Kansas City located 7 miles northeast of Kansas City.
- Hollywood Casino St. Louis
- Isle of Capri Casino Hotel – Boonville located 103 miles east of Kansas City.
- Isle of Capri Casino – Kansas City
- Lumiére Place Casino & Hotels in St. Louis.
- Mark Twain Casino in La Grange located 145 miles northwest of St. Louis.
- River City Casino & Hotel in St. Louis.
- St. Jo Frontier Casino in St. Joseph located 55 miles north of Kansas City.
Tribal Casinos in Missouri
Missouri is home to two American Indian tribes. Without federal-recognition, neither tribe can offer a tribal casino. Further, no tribal gaming compacts exist with the state.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying Missouri slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering Missouri is:
- North: Iowa Slots
- East: Illinois Slots
- Southeast: Kentucky Slots
- South: Arkansas Slots and Tennessee Slots
- Northwest: Nebraska Slots
- West: Kansas Slots and Oklahoma Slots
Each of the links above will take you to my blog for that neighboring U.S. state to Missouri.
Our Missouri Slots Facebook Group
Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts in Missouri? If so, join our new Missouri slots community on Facebook. All you’ll need is a Facebook profile to join this closed Facebook Group freely.
There, you’ll be able to privately share your slots experiences as well as chat with players about slots gambling in Missouri. Join us!
Payout Returns in Missouri
Missouri state law has established an 80% lower limit for the theoretical payout on all gambling devices.
Actual return statistics are combined results from all electronic games including video poker, video keno, and slot machines. Monthly reports are under the gaming control board’s I Want To… section called View Slot Payout Percentages by Location.
The most recent monthly report at the time of this writing is from January 2020.
This extensive monthly return reports statistics by casino and slot machine denomination. In January 2020, the overall slots return percentage for all thirteen Missouri riverboat casinos was 90.4%.
Further, for January 2020, the individual monthly return for each riverboat casino was:
- Ameristar Kansas City: 90.5%
- Ameristar St. Charles: 91.0%
- Argosy: 90.5%
- Century Cape Girardeau: 89.8%
- Century Caruthersville: 89.5%
- Harrah’s Kansas City: 90.0%
- Hollywood St. Louis: 90.8%
- Isle of Capri – Boonville: 90.0%
- Isle of Capri – Kansas City: 88.6%
- Lumiére Place: 90.2%
- Mark Twain: 89.2%
- River City: 90.8%
- St. Jo Frontier: 88.7%
For January 2020, the highest returns went to Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles at 91.0% closely followed by River City at 90.8%. The lowest returns for the month went to the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel – Kansas City at 88.6% closely followed by Mark Twain Casino at 88.7%.
By slot machine denominations, the highest returns went to Ameristar Kansas City with 107.9% payout on their $100 machines followed by 100.9% for $25 machines at Lumiére Place. Both high returns were no doubt due to a single large jackpot win during January.
The lowest returns by slot machine denomination went to Hollywood with a 76.4% for their $100 machines followed by 81.7% at River City. And, yes, 76.4% is less than the state’s minimum theoretical payout of 80%.
It would be best to avoid these slot machine denominations at these casinos as well as any other low-return slot machine denominations in Missouri. Be sure to check the most recent return statistics prior to visiting casinos in Missouri!
Summary of Missouri Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020
Missouri slot machine casino gambling consists of thirteen riverboat casinos having a total of 16,293 slot machines. Missouri’s tribes are unable to offer tribal casinos.
State gaming regulations established an 80% minimum theoretical payout for all gaming devices including slot machines, video poker, and video keno. Detailed return statistics are publicly available by month, casino, and slot machine denomination.
Annual Progress in Missouri Slot Machine Casino Gambling
Over the last year, the two Ameristar casinos in Missouri have each increased their number of slots by either over 300 or nearly 600 machines.
Otherwise, the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel – Cape Girardeau has become the Century Casino Cape Girardeau. Further, Century Casino also purchased Lady Luck Caruthersville and subsequently renamed it Century Casino Caruthersville.
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