RIVERBOAT CASINOS IN MISSOURI
All Missouri casinos are located on riverboats, and there are no native American casinos within the state. Riverboat gambling was voted in via a state-wide referendum in 1992, making Missouri the fifth state to approve this form of gambling. Since by law riverboats are not required to cruise, most of the Missouri casinos are built on top of a docked barge. This gives them the aesthetic appearance of a land-based casino, rather than a riverboat.
When Missouri riverboat casinos first began operating, by law they were required to cruise. The riverboats typically held a two-hour gaming session with a $500 loss-limit. The law was changed in early 2000 to no longer require sailing. This allowed for continuous boarding onto the boat. Furthermore, a state-wide referendum in late 2008 eliminated the state’s $500 loss limit provision.
Use the list below to find information on which Missouri casinos have hotels, and the casinos hours of operation. Only the Kansas City and St. Louis casinos are open 24 hours a day.
All Missouri casinos offer such games as: blackjack, roulette, slots, video poker, craps, and three card poker, (unless otherwise stated). Optional games include: mini-baccarat (MB), baccarat (B), pai gow poker (PGP), poker (P), Caribbean stud poker (CSP), Spanish 21 (S21), let it ride (LIR), and four card poker (FCP).
All casinos in Missouri by law have release a public record of the payback percentages for slot machines Click here to see payback statistics of slot machine for all Missouri casinos.
Missouri gaming regulations do not allow casinos to provide free alcoholic beverages, and the minimum gambling age is 21.
NOTE: In Missouri casinos if you win a jackpot of $1,200 or more, 4% of your winnings will be withheld for the Missouri Department of Revenue. There is a chance that can get some of the 4% refunded, but to do so you will be required to file a state income tax return. Then depending on the details of your return, you may get some of the money returned to you. The $1,200 threshold also applies to any cash prizes won in tournaments or casino drawings.
There are no Casinos in the popular tourist city of Branson, Missouri, nor are there casinos in Joplin, Missouri. The closest casino to both these cities would be in Oklahoma, at the Indigo Sky Casino, which is about 120 miles from Branson, Missouri. There are several casinos in both St. Louis and Kansas City, for a full list be sure to visit our Kansas City casinos and St. Louis casinos pages.
For all tourism information, or more information on visiting casinos in Missouri, call the state’s Travel Center at (800) 877-1234 or go to: www.visitmo.com
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Shown below is a list of all casinos in Missouri. Click on a casino name to see a page of detailed information about that particular Missouri casino.
- Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City
- Ameristar Casino St. Charles
- Argosy Casino
- Harrah’s North Kansas City
- Hollywood Casino St. Louis
- Isle of Capri Casino – Boonville
- Isle of Capri Casino – Cape Girardeau
- Isle of Capri Casino – Kansas City
- Lady Luck Caruthersville
- Lumiere Place Casino Resort
- Mark Twain Casino
- River City Casino
- St. Jo Frontier Casino
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TOP THINGS TO DO IN MISSOURI
Missouri is a Midwestern state situated between Kansas and Kentucky. The state features grassy plains that stretch for miles which contrast against the peaks of the Ozark Mountains. Missouri includes cities that are filled with attractions that you can explore like the National World War I Museum, Gateway Arch, and many others. The state is also filled with natural attractions suitable for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Some of the top things to do in Missouri are listed below.
St. Louis Zoological Park
This park can be found in the heart of St. Louis and is known for its animal research and conservation. The park is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and it offers free entry, except for special exhibits. The park has been in existence since the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair and it houses many exhibits like Big Cat Country and Jungle of the Apes. You can also head to the Butterfly House or the Fragile Forest for an enchanting experience. The park is a family-friendly attraction and kids will love to ride the May Ann Lee Conservation Carousel filled with hand-carved wooden animals that depict endangered species.
St. Louis Gateway Arch
This iconic structure is synonymous with St. Louis and is also known as the Gateway to the West. Here, you can go on an elevator ride to the viewing platform, 630 feet up, and enjoy mesmerizing views of the city. The arch is located at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial park and it is visible from all over the city. Some other ways to enjoy this area are by going on riverboat cruises, helicopter tours or exploring the Old Courthouse.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
This is among the most iconic cultural attractions in Kansas City. The museum houses comprehensive collections from all around the world but with more of an emphasis on East Asian art. The museum grounds feature a sculpture garden that can be explored without having to enter the building. Museum admission is free and there are rotating exhibits which make every visit unique. The museum hosts many community events like the free-fun weekends for the family and the live music on every third Thursday of the month.
This park covers over 1,300 acres of land and attracts millions of visitors every year. Forest Park was home to the 1904 World’s Fair and is considered to be among the top urban parks in the world. Along with picturesque scenery, it also houses a variety of cultural attractions to visit including the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Science Center, and the Missouri History Museum. You can also enjoy a live show at the Muny which is the oldest and the largest outdoor musical theatre in America.
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield
This is a historic attraction where about 5,400 Union troops and 11,000 Confederate soldiers fought on August 10, 1861. Although the Confederates were victorious, the battle caused more fighting in the state. The battlefield also houses the Wilson Creek Civil War Museum filled with artifacts like the sword belt and sash of Arkansas General Patrick Cleburne. The best way to explore here is to follow the battlefield and the historical structures through the 4.9-mile tour road. You will find numerous parking spots so that you can explore this scenic area at your own pace.
Lake of the Ozarks
This lake was built by the impoundment of the Osage River in 1931 and it is among the most famous lake destinations in the Midwest. The lake area is filled with many attractions including professionally designed golf courses, first-class resorts, and scenic campgrounds. You can also try the many water sports like fishing, boating, and swimming at the sandy beaches. The massive shoreline also offers tourist varieties of things to do like dining and shopping. If you are an architecture lover, make sure to visit the Bagnell Dam and be amazed by the engineering behind the creation of this lake.