Illegal Machines Fuel Debate On Missouri VLTs

The chairman of a committee debating the future of gambling in Missouri has said the massive spread of alleged illegal slot machines across the state leaves lawmakers wondering whether to regulate convenience gaming devices.

Representative Dan Shaul, a Republican and chairman of the Special Interim Committee on Gaming, told GamblingCompliance on Wednesday that the committee is looking at what is the best path going forward to deal with gray-market machines and other gaming issues.

“Are these machines legal?” Shaul said. “Or if they are illegal should they be regulated? Should we be taxing them? One thing the people of this state have said is that they want a regulated gaming industry.”

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