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Electronic Gambling Machines
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

They look like slot machines. They sound like slot machines.

But they aren’t in casinos — which is the only place you are supposed to be able to find slot machines in Missouri. 

Thousands of new gaming devices have been popping up at gas stations, veterans homes, union halls and fraternal lodges across the state. Their growing presence has raised the hackles of state regulators and the traditional gambling industry, which says the machines are draining business from them. 

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The Missouri Gaming Commission is preparing to oversee daily fantasy sports websites under a new law passed this year.  

House Bill 1941, signed last month by Gov. Jay Nixon, takes effect Aug. 28, but its provisions still have to go through a public comment period before they become permanent next spring. 

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Gaming regulators in Missouri ordered the former Harrah’s casino in Maryland Heights to temporarily close its doors today due to a glitch in its computer systems.

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The Missouri Gaming Association told regulators Wednesday that it is trying hard to keep underage patrons from getting into the state’s casinos.

Mike Winter, the association's Executive Director, told state gaming commission members that the use of fake ID's is the most common way minors try to get in – but there have also been cases where they tried to climb over walls, blend in with crowds, and in a few cases, sneak in with the help of their parents.  Barrett Hatches is chairman of the Missouri Gaming Commission.

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The Missouri Gaming Commission is looking for a new chairman.

Jim Mathewson (D) announced today he’s stepping down, one month after his three-year term officially expired.  He was appointed chairman by Governor Jay Nixon (D) in 2009, but chose not to serve a second term in order to spend more time with his family.  During his tenure, Mathewson oversaw the bidding process for the state’s 13th casino license, which eventually went to developers in Cape Girardeau.

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The chairman of the Missouri Gaming Commission, Jim Mathewson, will announce he's stepping down tomorrow, according to commission spokeswoman LeAnn McCarthy.

Mathewson, of Sedalia, Mo., has been on the Gaming Commission since 2009 and was chairman for most of his tenure there. Previously, he served as a Missouri state representative and then state senator. He served as the Senate's President Pro Tem for eight years.

Casinos in the region employ thousands and pay millions in taxes every year.
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A former city manager for the St. Louis suburb of Brentwood has been banned from entering any casino in Missouri.

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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.

Mo. relaxes casino ban for problem gamblers

Dec 7, 2011
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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.

Mo. regulators mull changes for problem gamblers

Aug 24, 2011
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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.

Isle of Capri Casino

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.

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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 30, 2010 - At times, listening to testimony at the Missouri Gaming Commission's hearing Tuesday morning on two local applications for a casino license felt a little like watching the images in a slot machine whirling around.

There was talk of jobs and the environment and the recession and tourism and money for education and the evils of gambling. And when the spinning stopped, there was even the possibility that none of the four would-be casino developers -- two here, one in Cape Girardeau and one in suburban Kansas City -- would get the state's only remaining license, which became available when the President closed its doors earlier this year.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 13, 2010 - Opponents of a proposed casino in north St. Louis County near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers brought out two new weapons in their fight Monday: an economic impact study and a letter against the project from documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 24, 2010 - When it comes to casinos, situations without losers are hard to come by, but that's just the outcome St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says he is looking for in north county.

Confronted in Clayton Wednesday morning by opponents to a proposed $350 million casino complex near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, Dooley said he is hoping that the controversy could end in a way agreeable to all sides, just as he said it did in Lemay, where the River City casino will open next week.