Keep an Eye Out for Illegal Gaming!

Sports betting has been a recent topic of discussion for many legislators in Missouri. While currently not permitted by the state, sports betting encompasses bets made on sports teams in licensed facilities (such as casinos), on hardware in approved locations, or through sports playbook apps and websites. 

Despite the fact that sports betting is illegal, many state agencies have noticed an increase in illegal gambling activities. This includes gambling on slot machines and "gray machines" located in places such as gas stations, convenience stores, bars, fraternal organizations, and more. These unauthorized machines are currently being considered as part of the legislation surrounding sports betting. However, at the time of publication, it is illegal to gamble on unauthorized machines or through other unsanctioned means within the City of Maryland Heights.

It is important to note that there may be video components on authorized machines issued by Missouri Lottery. These machines are perfectly legal to utilize and are used to issue games and tickets through the Missouri Lottery. 

Illegal gaming poses many issues to our community. Unregulated machines are frequently placed in locations that target minors and sensitive populations within our community. In addition, the untaxed revenue from these machines undercuts legal avenues for gaming, placing financial pressure on both legitimate gaming operations and municipalities, which could then harm our ability to provide public services. 

In Maryland Heights, the only legal avenue for gaming is at Hollywood Casino or through retailers that provide games through the Missouri Lottery. If you find illegal gambling machines outside of the Casino, you are encouraged to contact the state tip-line at (573) 526-4080. Reporting these illicit machines not only helps the City maintain quality services - it helps to ensure that gambling is handled in the safest, most enjoyable way for all involved!