Is Sports Betting legal in Missouri? Explained

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Sports Betting in Missouri attains illegal status as of 8th July 2023. Despite various attempts to pass numerous sport betting bills in previous years being shot down, Missouri lawmakers came back stronger at the beginning of this year, proposing different variants of the sports betting bills.

There are currently no sportsbooks accepting players however, there is hope that the sports betting bill will end up being passed this legislative session which would result in Missouri sportsbooks launching either late 2023 or early 2024.

Currently, the residents of Missouri are permitted to place online bets on platforms that operate outside the state and legally accept bets placed from Missouri.

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The Journey of Sports Betting Legalization in Missouri

May 1st, 2023: The 2023 draft is one of the heaviest bet events on the American calendar. The highly anticipated draft came and went without any bets placed from Missouri.

May 8th, 2023: With the legislative session coming to an end, there was little to no hope that the sports betting bill would be passed. Despite that, multiple professional sporting organizations advocated for the legalization of the same.

May 10th, 2023: Those who are in favor of legalizing sports betting are hoping a last-minute amendment might be enough to get a bill passed before the session ends on May 12th, 2023.

May 11th, 2023: Rep. Denny Hoskins, the man in charge of not allowing the legalization of sports betting, stated that there were only 2 ways to pass the bill in this session: An amendment to the current bill or a new bill with VLT’s (Video Lottery Terminals)

May 12th, 2023: The Missouri legislation was adjourned without passing the sports betting bill.

May 29th, 2023: Kansas City Royals voiced their support for the passing of the sports betting bill.

June 7th, 2023: Rep. Denny Hoskins is eyeing a different position in the government which could make the passing of the sports betting bill easier.

When will sports betting be legalized and launched in Missouri?

Missouri is surrounded by eight states, 5 of which have legalized sports betting and 1 of which has passed the bill in its legislation. This sort of pressure could result in Missouri legalizing sports betting soon.

That being said, the public doesn’t expect it to happen until late 2023, with sports betting platforms being launched not before 2024.

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Legal sport betting options in Missouri

There are currently no legal sports betting options for the residents of Missouri. The state legalized betting on horse races that took place on a track in 1984, but since there are no racetracks in Missouri, there is also no betting on horse races.

Apart from that, those willing to place bets from Missouri have to cross state lines in order to indulge in legalized sports betting.

What platforms can the public use to bet on sports once it has been legalized?

The bills that are being passed in the legislation make room for a lot of betting apps to provide their services in the state of Missouri, some of which are:

  1. FanDuel Sportsbook
  2. DraftKings Sportsbook
  3. Caesars Sportsbook
  4. BetRivers Sportsbook
  5. Barstool Sportsbook
  6. Bally Bet
  7. BetMGM Sportsbook

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By Richard

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