Missouri Online Sports Betting

Missouri Gambling Laws

Missouri is an example of what ‘average’ America looks like, with an interesting mix of cultures, races and ideologies. In that framework, Missouri may follow what happens across the United States as the legal sports betting sweeps across the nation. In that scenario, we expect Missouri to return to its permissive gambling past of the late 19th century and soon become yet another state with a full legalized sports betting industry (online and land-based) for its citizens to enjoy to complement its Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), legal casinos, horse racing, poker, lottery and charitable gaming.

Legality of Sports Betting VS Gambling

The state of Missouri offers its residents and visitors a nice choice of legal gaming options; Horse Racing (with interesting rules – see below in ‘Horse Racing in Missouri’ section) DFS, casinos, live poker, a state lottery and charitable gambling.

Sports & Gambling Type Legal Land-Based Legal Online
Sports Betting No No
Casinos Yes No
Fantasy Sports (DFS) N/A Yes
eSports No No
Poker Yes No
Horse-Racing Yes No
Lottery Yes No
Charitable-Gambling Yes No

Missouri Sports Betting Tax Rates

Missouri’s State Gambling Tax is one of the lowest in the United States at 4% on gambling winnings.

Large gambling wins over $600 in the state of Missouri may possibly attract an additional Federal Tax.

Contact your tax attorney to assess your potential Federal tax liability if you have a big win in Missouri.

Sports betting Age VS Gambling Age in Missouri

As Sports Betting is not yet available in Missouri, legal gambling ages stick to a prescribed model that many other states follow (i.e. legal casino gambling age of 21, and 18 years-of-age for all other legal forms of gaming)

Sports & Gambling Type Age
Sports Betting N/A
DFS 18
Casinos 21
Horse-Racing 18
Lottery 18
Charitable-Gambling 18

Betting on Sports in Missouri

Missouri residents and visitors currently do not have betting on sports as a legal option, however, that could all change soon.

Eventually, Missouri is looking increasingly likely to legalize sports betting. Two sports betting bills appeared within a month of-one-another during 2018. Firstly in January 2018, Bill SB 767 was introduced and later, SB 1013. Both legislative documents were contingent on the federal law changing to allow sports betting, which it did.

The bills covered-off on the feasibility of introducing sports betting to the state’s land-based casinos, online sports betting and the level of sports betting taxes. The taxes (termed an ‘integrity’ fee – 1% applied to the total betting action and paid back to the pro sports leagues) are the most controversial and may require some debate and negotiation to pass the State Legislature.

The 1% in real-everyday-terms is more like a 20% tax on casinos and would make sportsbooks untenable. Watch-this-space for an outcome of the State debate on the administration of sports betting in Missouri as the matter is expected to be debated soon in the State Legislature.

Missouri Online Sports Betting Laws

In Missouri, sports betting online is illegal as it is currently unlicensed and unregulated in the state. Until the topic has been debated by the state’s legislators, Section 527.020 of the Missouri Revised Statutes states clearly and concisely that it is a Class C misdemeanor to participate in gambling as a player outside of licensed facilities.

Legal sports betting online is anticipated to be debated by the Missouri State Legislature when it reconvenes for the 2019 legislative session.

Meantime, online DFS is all perfectly legal for visitors and residents and visitors in Missouri until the legislators give the legal green light for loyal fans to place a legal wager on the Royals or the Chiefs.

Online Fantasy Sports in Missouri

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) competitions are understood and interpreted by U.S. Federal Laws not to be games of chance, and conversely, considered to games of skill and knowledge. Therefore, at the Federal level of government, DFS competitions ARE NOT considered to be gambling. Federal lawmakers have encouraged each state to seek their own position on the legality of DFS competitions.

In 2016, Missouri’s legislators did precisely that. Agreeing with the Federal position that DFS competitions are not considered to be gambling, Missouri passed into law on June 10 2016, Bill HB 1941 to expressly authorize and regulate DFS as legal. Subsequently, all major DFS sites accept players from Missouri for their real money betting competitions.

Esports Online Betting Laws

Once sports betting lands in fully-legalized Missouri sportsbooks, wagering on eSports will appeal to a new breed and generation of gamblers who are looking for contemporary transparent sports betting options untarnished by the less glorious days of the illegal past.

The rise and rise of ‘eSports’

eSports (also called competitive gaming) is an emerging genre of entertainment where professional gamers play video games against each other on computers or consoles in front of a live or online audience. They are a big deal that has developed from a once underground gaming community to become a mainstream sport, now growing at a never-before-seen rate. Globally, players compete in tournaments offering prize pools worth up to millions of dollars. Many of these team-based competitions attract enormous global audiences, both live and online through vastly improved live video streaming technology.

The betting interest in eSports is increasing daily, directed related to the amount of prize money on offer in the tournaments. Many international sportsbooks now offer markets on the major competitive global eSports tournaments.

Dota 2, Legend of Legends and Fortnite, are some of the most popular games, and big pro teams are battling it out for glory as gamblers around the world (and in 2019 in Missouri?) cash in on the betting action.

Horse Racing in Missouri

In a triumph for legislation over common sense, ironically, betting at live horse racing tracks is legal in Missouri, however, the state isn’t home to any live tracks. Horse Racing Betting in Missouri was legalized in 1984, however, few available simulcast betting options saw the live tracks struggling to attract an audience and a profit, and the last of Missouri live horse racing tracks saw action in the early 1990’s.

Trackside Betting

Horse Racing is legal in Missouri; however, no tracks have operated since the 1990’s.

Off Track Betting (OTB) in Missouri

Off-track betting is also legal, but only permitted on live race days, where and when there is a live race.

Online Horse Racing in Missouri

Similarly, online betting on horse racing is also legal, but also must only take place on live racing days in Missouri.

The end result means, that although all forms of horse racing betting are technically legal in Missouri, there is no legal avenue to bet on a horse race in Missouri.

We will advise if there are any updates on the topic forthcoming from the almost defunct Missouri Horse Racing Commission as they come to hand.

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