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As unregulated gambling machines flood Missouri, many argue they put children at risk

Missouri casinos mandate players are at least 21 years old, but unregulated machines lack restrictions, according to the American Gaming Association. ST. LOUIS - There's a controversial debate in Missouri that has led to the unchecked proliferation of gaming machines, commonly seen at gas stations and convenience stores. The debate over the…
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As unregulated gambling machines flood Missouri, many argue they put children at risk
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Missouri's gambling debate players chase stakes worth billions

MISSOURI, USA - Missourians spend billions every year in pursuit of instant riches. They buy lottery tickets, play casino games and dab bingo cards. And increasingly in recent years, they play games of questionable legality in convenience stores, truck stops and small gaming parlors. Everyone involved in the industry thinks people would spend more,…
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Missouri's gambling debate players chase stakes worth billions
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Players in Missouri gambling debate chase stakes worth billions

Missourians spend billions every year in pursuit of instant riches. They buy lottery tickets, play casino games and dab bingo cards. And increasingly in recent years, they play games of questionable legality in convenience stores, truck stops and small gaming parlors. Everyone involved in the industry thinks people would spend more, if given the…
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Casinos plan appeal of ruling in unregulated slot machine lawsuit

An appeals court will be asked to take another look at whether a trade association for Missouri casinos can sue a company that puts video games offering cash prizes in convenience stores and other retailers across the state. The Missouri Gaming Association said in a news release Wednesday that it will appeal the decision that dismissed its claims…
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Casinos plan appeal of ruling in unregulated slot machine lawsuit
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Missouri casinos challenge ruling in slot machine case

JEFFERSON CITY - The organization representing Missouri's 13 riverboat casinos is asking a state appeals court for another chance to prove that unregulated slot machines in gas stations, bars and truck stops are illegal. In a filing Wednesday, the Missouri Gaming Association is seeking a decision that would stop Torch Electronics and a convenience…
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Missouri casinos challenge ruling in slot machine case
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Judge tosses lawsuit to stop MSHP from seizing slot machines

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Less than 24 hours before the state of a trial to decide if slot machines that offer cash prizes are illegal, the judge dismissed the case. We've all seen them inside convenience stores and truck stops: video lottery terminals. Torch Electronics wanted the courts to stop the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) from seizing…
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Judge tosses lawsuit to stop MSHP from seizing slot machines
St. Louis Today

Missouri judge dumps gambling company's suit against state

JEFFERSON CITY - A Cole County judge moved to dismiss a lawsuit by one of the state's largest purveyors of unregulated slot machines Monday, one day before the closely watched case was set to go to trial. Cole County Judge Daniel Green said Torch Electronics cannot go forward with its case against the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Through the…
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Missouri judge dumps gambling company's suit against state
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Trial postponed in Torch gambling case against Missouri highway patrol

The trial in a closely watched case that could settle whether video games offering cash prizes are legal in Missouri has been postponed. On Friday, Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green moved the trial, which had been scheduled to start Tuesday and last up to four days, to Oct. 3, after complaints from attorneys for Torch Electronics about late…
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Trial postponed in Torch gambling case against Missouri highway patrol
St. Louis Today

Trial delayed in high-profile Missouri gambling lawsuit

JEFFERSON CITY - A politically connected company that has flooded Missouri gas stations with unregulated slot machines convinced a judge Friday to delay the start of its trial against the state. Attorneys for Torch Electronics and Warrenton Oil won the change after complaining that the state "dumped more than 5000 pages of previously undisclosed…
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Trial delayed in high-profile Missouri gambling lawsuit
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Prosecutor investigating gambling machines not in casinos

WEBSTER COUNTY, Mo. - An ongoing battle on whether it's legal to have gambling machines placed in areas other than casinos, like convenience stores and truck stops, continues. Recent lawsuits have been filed against Missouri slot machine companies. The lawsuits argue that video machines are illegal and unregulated. Missouri's attorney general said…
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Prosecutor investigating gambling machines not in casinos
St. Louis Today

Armed with campaign cash, video gambling companies again pushing for legal slots in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY - Two video gambling companies from Illinois are backing proposed legislation that would bring slot machines to Missouri gas stations, truck stops and bars. J&J Ventures and Accel Entertainment have formed a political action committee designed to funnel campaign contributions to lawmakers who have been unable to agree on a way to…
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From 'wise guys' in barrooms to flat screens and apps, how Kansas gambling has evolved

In the first 10 days of legal sports wagering in Kansas, people made almost $40 million in bets. While that may sound like a windfall for the state's treasury, it is not. "After the payment of player prizes and deductions for promotional play and the federal excise tax, net sports wagering revenue for the first 10 days was $233351, of which the…
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From 'wise guys' in barrooms to flat screens and apps, how Kansas gambling has evolved
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Missouri regulators field complaints, inquiries about spread of slot machines

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri gaming regulators have recorded nearly 100 reports of illegal slot machines this year as the unregulated industry continues to flood the state with gambling devices. But, not all of the people who call the Missouri Gaming Commission or fill out one of its complaint forms are upset about the spread of the unregulated and…
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Missouri regulators field complaints, inquiries about spread of slot machines
St. Louis Today

Highway patrol finds casino-style slot machines at Missouri gas station

JEFFERSON CITY - A state police investigator found actual, casino-style slot machines at a southwestern Missouri gas station during an investigation into the tens of thousands of unregulated gambling devices that have flooded the state. In March, records show Sgt. Jason Trammell of the Missouri State Highway Patrol found seven of the machines at…
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Highway patrol finds casino-style slot machines at Missouri gas station
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St. Louis Today

Two Arkansas companies enter Missouri’s unregulated slot machine market

JEFFERSON CITY - Two Arkansas companies have apparently entered what has become a lucrative, rapidly expanding and possibly illegal enterprise in Missouri. Missouri Lottery Director May Scheve-Reardon told members of the state lottery commission last week that agency staffers have been reviewing correspondence with the Missouri State Highway Patrol…
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Two Arkansas companies enter Missouri’s unregulated slot machine market
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Senator compares Missouri purveyor of slot machine-style games to illegal drug dealer

JEFFERSON CITY - A state senator on Thursday compared one Wildwood-based company to an illegal drug dealer, calling the argument its video gaming devices aren't games of chance "loose and fictitious." The comments by Sen. Bill White, R-Joplin, followed testimony during a Missouri Senate hearing by Thomas Robbins, lobbyist for Torch Electronics, who…
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Senator compares Missouri purveyor of slot machine-style games to illegal drug dealer
St. Louis Today

Amid spread of slot machines in Missouri, citizens raise concerns to gambling regulators

JEFFERSON CITY - Nearly 300 people have asked Missouri gambling regulators to investigate potentially illegal slot machines that have flooded the state. In a report to the Missouri Lottery Commission, the general counsel of the Missouri Gaming Commission said a hotline established by the agency has received 280 citizen reports about the machines,…
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Amid spread of slot machines in Missouri, citizens raise concerns to gambling regulators
St. Louis Today

Landlord for St. Louis casinos no longer has prominent lobbyist on payroll

JEFFERSON CITY - A prominent Missouri lobbyist is no longer representing a company that serves as a landlord to gambling casinos across the state. Until Monday, Steve Tilley, a close ally to Gov. Mike Parson, was listed on state ethics reports as registered to lobby on behalf of Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. But, after being contacted about…
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Landlord for St. Louis casinos no longer has prominent lobbyist on payroll
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Smashed machines end Missouri illegal gambling case

PLATTE CITY - When the bucket of the backhoe came down on the first of five illegal gambling machines destroyed Thursday by court order, it crumpled like a cardboard box being prepped for recycling. The particle board sides offered no resistance to the pressure, and in about 40 seconds, all that remained was a pile of wood, plastic and electronic…
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Smashed machines put emphatic end on Missouri illegal gambling case

PLATTE CITY - When the bucket of the backhoe came down on the first of five illegal gambling machines destroyed Thursday by court order, it crumpled like a cardboard box being prepped for recycling. The particle board sides offered no resistance to the pressure, and in about 40 seconds, all that remained was a pile of wood, plastic and electronic…
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Smashed machines put emphatic end on Missouri illegal gambling case
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Few charges result from scores of Missouri highway patrol gambling investigations

During 2019 and 2020, the Missouri State Highway Patrol delivered almost 200 cases to local prosecutors alleging violations of state gambling laws. But according to state court data, only about two dozen cases have actually been filed. In most counties with alleged violations - including eight of 13 with five or more cases - prosecutors have not…
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Few charges result from scores of Missouri highway patrol gambling investigations
St. Louis Today

Despite troubles in Illinois, gambling company pouring money into Missouri campaigns

JEFFERSON CITY - One of the nation's largest video gambling companies is pumping contributions into the campaign accounts of Missouri politicians at the same time it faces a $5 million penalty from regulators in Illinois. Accel Entertainment contributed $15000 to the House Republican Campaign Committee on Aug. 24 and has doled out tens of thousands…
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Despite troubles in Illinois, gambling company pouring money into Missouri campaigns
St. Louis Today

Missouri slot machine company sues prosecutor to head off law enforcement scrutiny

JEFFERSON CITY - A Wildwood-based slot machine company sued a southwest Missouri county prosecutor this month in an attempt to stop an investigative subpoena into its operations. The politically connected Torch Electronics sued Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson on July 15, asking the Greene County Circuit Court to quash an…
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Missouri slot machine company sues prosecutor to head off law enforcement scrutiny
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Defeat of gambling bill likely dooms legislative push against ‘gray market’ machines

The Missouri Senate has defeated a three-pronged effort to expand gambling in Missouri while suppressing unregulated devices that offer cash prizes to players. The vote that defeated the bill may have been the last chance this legislative session to address the proliferation of devices that some prosecutors have attacked as illegal and that others…
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Defeat of gambling bill likely dooms legislative push against ‘gray market’ machines