For the first time since it was implemented in 1996, gamblers in Missouri now have a way to remove themselves from the state's voluntary casino exclusion list.
The Missouri Gaming Commission today made forms available to start the removal from the "disassociated persons" list. Any gambler who's been on the list for five years is eligible.
Thousands of people who have voluntarily banned themselves from Missouri casinos will get a second chance at playing the slots.
The Missouri Gaming Commission voted Wednesday to relax rules for the state's casino exclusion list, which imposes a lifetime casino ban on problem gamblers who voluntarily sign up for it.
Starting next spring, the new rules will allow people to remove themselves from the list after they have been on it for at least five years.
Missouri regulators are studying revisions in a rule that lets problem gamblers get themselves banned from casinos for life.
The Missouri Gaming Commission on Wednesday voted to move forward with proposed changes in the 15-year-old self-exclusion program.
The revised rule would let people remove themselves from the exclusion list after five years. They could choose later to go back on the list, but doing so would mean a lifetime ban from casinos.
The Missouri Gaming Commission has selected Cape Girardeau as the new site for the state's 13th casino license.
Commissioner Jim Mathewson said that Cape Girardeau "made a good presentation" and "had lots of support from the community."
Mathewson also cited "oversaturation of the market" when asked why St. Louis was not awarded the license.
(Updates have been made to this story below)
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