Missouri Casino Operators Not Interested in Sports Betting-VLT Trade-Off

Several Missouri casino operators made clear Thursday that a potential trade-off of legalizing sports betting in exchange for allowing the Missouri Lottery to regulate video lottery terminals (VLTs) would not be an acceptable compromise.

With more than half of the eight states that border Missouri enacting sports-betting legislation in 2019, the House Special Interim Committee on Gaming received a crash course on the issue Thursday in advance of potentially revisiting the topic in 2020.

During the hearing, when representatives from Penn National Gaming and Boyd Gaming, each of which operates multiple casino properties in the state, were asked by Representative Wes Rogers, a Democrat, if they would consider such a trade, each emphatically answered no.

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