Missouri gambling & casinos
Missouri, the mid western state of America, along with its longest river is also becoming known for its upcoming and increasing casino culture. A certain form of gambling called riverboat gambling was started in Missouri in 1992. The riverboat gambling fever soon caught up and became so famous that along with the gambling there were special packages designed along with entertainment, stay, drinks and betting facilities at the restaurants. Missouri has many casinos, though probably not as many as in Las Vegas, most big (river) cities in Missouri has a few casinos which have a variety of gambling options. Thus if you are looking for a perfect getaway that caters to your gambling and nature tastes, then Missouri is the place for you.
Laws of gambling in Missouri
Missouri State has certain laws that need to be followed while gambling. Following are the laws -
Money lost while gambling can be recovered through civil action.
Parents can recover a minor's gambling loss
International Lottery and Internet gambling is strictly prohibited.
Gambling is considered unlawful if promoted by a person, is played by an unprofessional, more than hundred dollars are put at stake. Apart from this there are many other offences related to gambling in the various acts that were passed in Missouri revised statutes.
Thus, though gambling is popular, the gambling laws are very strict and if not abided by, the offender will be liable to punishment.
The advantages and disadvantages of gambling to the state of Missouri are as follows:
Advantages - Casinos in Missouri have its advantages apart from the fact that it is a superb source of entertainment. These casinos contribute funds to many areas like education and tourism of the state. The state also imposes heavy taxation policies on the owners of the casinos and the winners or benefitís of the prices.
Disadvantages - The growth of casinos in Missouri is not fully advantageous because it also has certain ill effects like the crimes associated with casinos, where innocent parties are often harmed. In fact St Louis one of the prominent cities in Missouri is considered to be the 2nd most dangerous cities in the whole of USA, and this is primarily due to casino crimes. There are also other felonies like gambling corruption where insiders get benefited by corrupt practices. Also underage gambling is becoming a big problem in Missouri and experts say this can soon lead to addiction.
Features and characteristics of the Casinos in Missouri
First - three important facts about Missouri gaming:
1. You MUST have a players card;
2. You can only play $500 every two hours;
3. There's no free alcohol in Missouri.
The casinos in Missouri offer various gambling facilities to itís clients. For those interested in slots, they start at a measly 5 cents. In fact some of the slot machines do not require coins, but just redemption tickets. The games like poker, roulette, and blackjack are the main attraction of the 95 table games. Craps, three-card pokers and many other games are also a rage in this place. There are also many promotional activities in Missouri which promote the casinos and gambling and they include awards and prizes like sweepstakes, lotteries, raffles, drawings or games. The promotion also must be legalized and an illegal promotion would include cash prices and property etc awarded to the winner. And unlike the casinos of Las Vegas or Mississippi the casinos of Missouri are not open 24 hours long. The opening and closing timings are given outside the place.
The casinos in cities like Kansas City and St. Louis are fancy places with state of the art interiors and dazzling decor. In fact some of the casinos have attached hotels thus people can buy packages which are inclusive of stay, gambling and other frills like swimming pools, clubs, gymnasiums and other facilities that they are in need of. An additional advantage of booking yourself into these resorts is that they offer extra discounts on casinos to customers who are boarding with them.
Types of Gambling in Missouri
Legal Gambling Ė
Slots, Poker, roulette
Illegal Gambling Ė
Internet gambling Ė Missouri state residents are prohibited to play online gambling so, if there is a claim on the net which says it is legal, it is not to be believed.
International lotteries Ė International lotteries violate USA law, and this includes many scams where buyers are fooled and they never get the money back.
Missouri residents are allowed to buy out of state lotteries provided that they are not bought in the state itself.
Riverboat gambling in Missouri
Did you ever imagine yourself to be having a gala time winning big-bucks sailing on the calm waters of the Missouri? Well donít waste time in imagining. You can now actually do some riverboat gambling in Missouri now. Riverboat gambling will include facilities of the restaurants, non stop entertainment and drinks, swimming pools and kidís activities along with some rocking casino activities. There are many boat companies that offer these gambling options and you are sure to cherish your experience on one of these boats. The boat gambling has certain laws and the laws are in Chapter 313 of the Missouri Revised Statutes.
History of Gambling in Missouri
Although like Utah, gambling and casinos in Missouri was never illegal, riverboat gambling was permitted only in 1992. Initially there were only 2 sessions of gambling allowed, but now rules have changed and developed along with time.
One thing must be kept in mind while going to a casino is Missouri is that an ID card or a license is an absolute necessity because if this is not produced then entry to the casinos will be denied. Also there is a fixed age limit like + 18 that needs to be maintained.
In conclusion, you donít have time to visit Las Vegas, Missouri is not a bad option. And riverboat gambling has enhanced the place even more! A nature Ė casino ensemble, what say?
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