Missouri Online Sports Betting

The Show-Me State has a small selection of available for Missouri online gambling options. Missouri is relatively conservative in its approach to online gambling legislation, and the options available to players are limited as a result.

Despite its legislative limitations, Missouri does show some promise for online gamblers. Recent attempts to bring sports betting to the state have stalled, but they could resurface in the future. For now, neighboring Illinois provides one of the best alternative options for Missouri sports betting fans. 

Missouri Online Sports Betting & Gambling Options

Gambling TypeStatus In Missouri
Online Sports BettingIllegal in MO, but MO residents can bet online in Illinois
Daily Fantasy SportsFully legalized
Sweepstakes Online CasinosAvailable to Missouri players
Sweepstakes Online PokerAvailable to Missouri players
Online LotteryNot available
Online CasinoIllegal
Online Horse Race BettingIllegal

Missouri Online Sports Betting

Recent attempts to kickstart meaningful sports betting legislation in Missouri have stalled. Originally, it looked like the state was gearing up for legalized sports betting, but months-long Covid-19 related closures put the plans on ice. For now, it looks like Missouri sports bettors won’t be able to bet online until at least 2021. 

However, there’s one alternative available, especially for St. Louis-based bettors. Missouri’s neighbor to the East, Illinois, has legal online sports betting. 

How Missouri Residents Can Bet In Illinois

First and foremost, it’s important to remember that betting online in Illinois is completely legal, even if you don’t live in the state. For Missourians, this is great news. You can travel to The Prairie State to place your wagers. The process is very simple. You only need to satisfy a few requirements, and most of the initial set up can be accomplished outside of Illinois. 

Due to ongoing uncertainty about the long-term status of online-only registration, DraftKings is your best bet if you want to use an Illinois sports betting platform. 

Get The App And Create An Account

To get started, just download the DraftKings sportsbook mobile app. It’s available on iOS and Android. If you use an Android device, you’ll need to download the app from DraftKings’ website rather than the Google Play Store. 

You can also access DraftKings via desktop to create your account, but mobile is the best option because you’ll eventually need to travel before you can place a bet. 

Sign up by following the in-app steps. You’ll create a username and password, then enter some personal information to confirm your identity. As of this writing, you can do all of this online. 

Visit: Draft Kings Illinois

Check In-Person Registration Requirements

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has lifted and reinstated the state’s in-person sports betting registration requirement so many times it’s hard to pin down what you need to do to register on any given day. Right now, there is no in-person registration requirement, and you can register for an account completely online until September 19. After that date, it’s unclear if in-person registration will return. 

If in-person registration comes back to Illinois, you’ll need to visit Casino Queen in East St. Louis to confirm your account. Once you create your username and password and fill in your details, this step is usually as simple as visiting the property’s parking lot and connecting to the wi-fi. Casino Queen employees can also assist you with this if you have trouble. 

After you confirm your account in-person, you’re all set to bet. 

How To Place Bets

After your account is set up, you can make a deposit and start betting. To actually place a wager, you need to be within Illinois state lines. For Missouri bettors, this means driving over the border to the Land of Lincoln. DraftKings’ app uses geolocation to confirm you meet this requirement, and there’s, unfortunately, no way around it. 

The good news is once you’ve placed your bets from within Illinois, they’ll still be honored even after you leave the state. We recommend you build out your desired bets (you can do this from Missouri), then drive to Illinois to place them. Once you’ve done that, you can return to Missouri to catch the games you’ve wagered on. You can also take advantage of sportsbook bonus offers.

Of course, if you prefer the in-person experience, you can place your bets at the Casino Queen retail sportsbook, too. 

This process is entirely legal and safe to do. Illinois law simply requires that you are over 21 years old (you’ll confirm this when you create your account) and within state lines to place a bet. 

Illinois Betting Restrictions

When you bet from Illinois, you’re required to abide by Illinois law. This means you won’t find any bets on Illinois colleges or universities, and no minor league or high school match-ups are available. 

Other than that, you’ll find a whole bunch of available sports to bet on, including major Missouri sports teams like the Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, or St. Louis Blues. 

Other Online Gambling Options In Missouri

While the Illinois sports betting workaround is nice for those who live near the state border, it still leaves much of Missouri without reasonable online sports betting options. Other online gambling is sparse in the Show-Me state, though there are a few notable options for bettors. 

Daily Fantasy Sports

In June of 2016, then-Governor Jay Nixon signed House Bill 1941 into law. The move made Daily Fantasy Sports sites exempt from the state’s strict gambling laws and formally authorized DFS companies to operate legally in Missouri. 

DFS in Missouri is completely legal, and players can enjoy offerings from FanDuel, DraftKings, Yahoo!, and other providers. 

Missouri’s legalization of DFS is notable because other states, such as Illinois, still have no laws formally allowing it. 

DFS operators offer their platforms via desktop and mobile apps in Missouri

Sweepstakes Online Casinos

Sweepstakes model sites allow users to play casino games online using in-game play money called gold coins. Players can also earn a second currency type called sweeps coins. Playing with sweeps coins gives players a shot at real cash prizes. 

Chumba Casino and LuckyLand Slots are the two biggest sweepstakes casino sites, and they each feature a wide variety of games. LuckyLand specifically focuses on slots and lottery-style games while Chumba includes those titles and table games like blackjack and roulette. 

Players can redeem a mail-in offer for free sweeps coins at these sites. This free offer is what allows the sites to operate as sweepstakes. Sweepstakes sites are legal in every state except Washington, and they offer a great alternative to players in jurisdictions with no legal real-money online casino options.

Visit: Chumba Casino

Visit: LuckyLand Slots

Sweepstakes Online Poker

The same company that runs Chumba and LuckyLand also operates Global Poker, the world’s biggest sweepstake poker site. 

Global Poker works just like its sister sites. You can purchase play money to use at the virtual poker table, and you can play with sweeps coins for a chance at cash prizes. The mail-in offer for a few free sweeps coins is available on Global Poker, too. 

Sweepstakes poker is allowed in Missouri, and anyone 18 or older can sign up and play. 

Visit: Global Poker

Online Lottery

The Missouri Lottery has been active since 1985. Proceeds benefit the state’s education initiatives. 

The lottery has no online purchase options. Instead, you must visit an authorized retailer to participate in any Missouri Lottery games. The Lottery’s website has a page that helps you locate authorized retailers

Online Horse Race Betting

Missouri’s regulations prohibit online horse race betting, so sites like TVG or XpressBet are off-limits to gamblers in the state. 

Unfortunately, there is no workaround for online horse race betting fans. You must be a resident of an authorized state to place bets online at horse race betting operators. 

Online Casinos In Missouri

Missouri does not allow online casinos, and there have been no recent moves to legalize it. Chances are online casinos will only come to Missouri after online sportsbooks launch and bring in revenue for the state. If Missouri changes its stance or introduces new bills regarding online casino gaming, we will update this page accordingly. 

Missouri Casinos

Though its online gambling options are limited, Missouri does have a thriving riverboat casino scene. A 1994 law allowed riverboat casinos to be built in the state, and now Missouri has more than a dozen water-based gambling destinations. In 1998, legislators expanded the law to allow casinos to be built on artificial bodies of water like moats or ponds. 

CasinoLocation
Ameristar Casino Resort SpaSt. Charles
Ameristar Casino HotelKansas City
Argosy Casino Hotel & SpaRiverside
Casino KCKansas City
Century Casino Cape GirardeauCape Girardeau
Century Casino CaruthersvilleCaruthersville
Harrah’s Kansas City Hotel & CasinoNorth Kansas City
Hollywood Casino St. LouisMaryland Heights
Isle of Capri CasinoBoonville
Mark Twain CasinoLa Grange
Lumière PlaceSt. Louis
River City CasinoSt. Louis
St. Jo Frontier CasinoSt. Joseph

All of Missouri’s casinos are commercial properties. There are no tribal gaming facilities in the state.

Missouri Gambling Compared To Neighboring States

Iowa

Iowa is one of Missouri’s more progressive neighbors. The state has online sports betting with an in-person registration requirement that will drop in 2021. Northern Missouri players will then have the option to easily cross the border and place bets via Iowa’s online sports betting providers.  

Illinois

Illinois provides easy access to sports betting for St. Louis residents. DraftKings at Casino Queen in East St. Louis, Illinois offers a retail sportsbook and an online sports betting platform. 

As of right now, players can register completely online. This stipulation may end September 19, though, which is when the order allowing online registration expires. 

Arkansas

Arkansas legalized retail sports betting in 2019, and the state will eventually have four sports betting locations. Arkansas doesn’t yet allow online sports betting, though it could revisit its legislation in the future to expand into the digital space. 

Kansas

Kansas took major steps toward online sports betting earlier in 2020. The state authorized sports betting via SB 283, which allows for four retail sportsbooks (one for each of the state’s casinos) and up to eight online sportsbooks. Each casino will be allowed to offer two online sportsbooks. 

Though it hasn’t launched sports betting quite yet, Kansas is gearing up to be a significant midwestern player in the industry. 

Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s gambling landscape is relatively barren. The state does allow land-based tribal casinos, but they can’t offer craps or roulette. As for online gambling, Oklahoma offers a big goose egg. Players in the state have to stick to sweepstakes casinos or poker sites instead. 

Tennessee

Tennessee is home to a whopping zero casinos and a total of three racetracks. But that hasn’t stopped the Volunteer State from making waves in the online betting world. Tennessee is one of few states to offer online-only sports betting licenses.

With no land-based properties to anchor online operators, the state instead opted for a completely digital offering. Tennessee has yet to launch online sports betting, but its online-only legislation is sure to set the stage for similar laws in other states. 

Kentucky

Efforts to legalize sports betting in Kentucky hit a wall, and the state’s gambling options remain extremely limited. Pari-mutuel horse race betting is a huge industry in Kentucky, though, and that option remains to the state’s players. 

Who Regulates Online Gambling In Missouri?

It appears that this very question is one of the reasons Missouri hasn’t moved forward with online gambling. Stakeholders have varying opinions on which organization should regulate online sports betting, if it does eventually come to Missouri. 

The two contenders are the Missouri Lottery Commission and the Missouri Gaming Commission.

If and when Missouri pushes forward with legislation allowing online sports betting, one of those two groups will regulate it. For now, it’s unclear which has the upper hand. It could truly go either way in the Show-Me state. 

Avoid Illegal Gambling Options in Missouri

In the absence of legalized sports betting, you may encounter offshore or grey market sites in Missouri. These sites are not legal and you should steer clear of them. 

Missouri has no legal online sports betting, so any site that offers it within Missouri’s borders is inherently risky. If you play at one of these sites, you may risk losing significant amounts of money with no hope of getting it back. You’re also putting your personal information at risk, because these sites don’t use high-level encryption like legal sportsbooks or gambling sites do. 

Your best course is to wait for Missouri to legalize online sports betting or make use of Illinois’ legal sportsbooks. 

Missouri Online Gambling FAQ

Is it legal to gamble at casinos in Missouri?

Yes. If you’re 21 or older, you can gamble legally at Missouri’s casinos. The state has 13 riverboat casinos. Missouri’s casinos have various slot machines and table games such as roulette, craps, and blackjack.

What’s the gambling age in Missouri?

21+. You must be 21 or older to play at Missouri casinos. For lottery games and sweepstakes casino or poker sites, you must be 18 or older. 

Does Missouri have legal online sports betting?

No. The state took steps toward legalizing online sports betting, but they were stalled and remain in flux. One point of contention between lawmakers seems to be regulatory. Some want the Missouri Lottery Commission to regulate sports betting, while others are pulling for the Missouri Gaming Commission. 

Covid-19 closures have also contributed to the slow process. It’s possible that Missouri could wait well into 2021 to move forward with sports betting legislation. 

Does Missouri have a lottery?

Yes. Missouri has a lottery complete with scratch tickets and draw games. Missouri also participates in multi-state drawings like MegaMillions and Powerball. 

Unfortunately, Missouri does not allow you to purchase lottery tickets online. 

Who owns the casinos in Missouri?

Missouri’s casinos are commercially operated. Big-name gambling companies like Caesars and Penn National Gaming own some of the state’s biggest casinos. 

Missouri does not have any tribal casino properties. 

Is it legal to gamble online in Missouri?

No. Online sports betting, casino gaming, and horse race betting are all prohibited in Missouri. 

Of those gaming types, sports betting appears the closest to becoming a reality in Missouri. The state moved forward with legislation to allow online sports betting recently, but efforts stalled. It’s likely the law will resurface in the coming months or even early 2021. 

Who regulates the Missouri gambling industry?

The Missouri Lottery Commission and the Missouri Gaming Commission. The Missouri Lottery Commission oversees the state lottery while the Gaming Commission regulates the state’s casinos. 

If and when Missouri legalizes other forms of gambling such as online sports betting, the legislature will have to grant regulatory power to one of the two organizations.

Does it make sense to join a casino's rewards program?

Yes. If you’re a frequent gambler, you can earn some great perks through a casino loyalty program. Properties offer hotel discounts, free meals, free spins on slot games, and much more as rewards for frequent play. Always remember to play responsibly, though. 

About the Author

Cole Rush

Cole Rush is a Chicago-based freelance writer in the gambling, media, and entertainment space. His work has been showcased in various gaming industry magazines and online columns. Prior to freelance writing, Cole spent seven years in communications at a gambling and lottery supplier. Cole writes for a number of online and print publications, including The Quill To Live, a book review site.