Each state has the power to legalize sports betting due to the Supreme Court overturning the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. This decision was made in May of 2018. Since then New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Mississippi, and New Mexico have all legalized sports betting to some extent. Another 30+ states have introduced some form of legislation to legalize sports betting, including Missouri.
Is Sports Betting Legal in Missouri?
No. Sports betting is currently not legal in Missouri. There are currently multiple bills all aiming to legalize sports betting to varying degrees.
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What Would Legal Sports Betting Look Like in Missouri?
With multiple bills in Congress, let's look at what a few of them would legalize in the Show-Me State.
- SB 222 - This bill would legalize sports betting at a licensed facility (casino, racetrack) and online
- SB 1009 - This bill would allow licensed excursion gambling boats to offer sports wagering
- HB 2406 & 2535 - These two bills allow licensed excursion gambling boats to offer sports wagering
- HB 2320 - This bill allows daily fantasy sports operators and gambling boats to offer sports betting.
- HB 859 - This bill would legalize sports betting at a licensed facility (casino, racetrack) and online
Would the bills legalize online sports betting in Missouri?
Yes, most of the Missouri bills would include some form of online sports betting. DraftKings and FanDuel stand to gain the most if House Bill 2320 is enacted since it would give them a duopoly on sports wagering.
Missouri Online Gambling FAQ
Aside from online sports betting, there other forms of gambling available to residents of Missouri.
Are daily fantasy sports legal in Missouri?
Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, is a cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling. On a broad level, DFS contests are a subsection of fantasy sports. Players compete against their friends, or more often strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents. Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy sports by having contests that last for an evening or the weekend, as opposed to having the same team for months.
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Missouri?
No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in Missouri. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of Missouri as clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.
Does Missouri have an online lottery?
No, the Missouri Lottery does not offer any online games. There is a bill in Congress that would bring a video lottery to Missouri. I will update this section if the bill is passed.