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Effort to Legalize Sports Betting in Missouri is Dead This Legislative Session

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2018, file photo, employees prepare to take bets moments before the new sports book at the Tropicana casino in Atlantic City, N.J., opened. Most of the states that moved quickly to legalize sports betting after a Supreme Court decision last year are still waiting for the expected payoff. Only New Jersey and Delaware saw the tax revenue to their state budgets meet projections. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – All bets are off. An effort to legalize sports betting in Missouri is dead on this final day of the state Legislature’s regular session. State Senator Denny Hoskins says Missouri’s casinos killed his sports betting bill. Hoskins, a Republican from west-central Missouri’s Warrensburg, says greed got in the way…

Another version of a sports betting bill, sponsored by Warrensburg State Representative Dan Houx, is also dead for the year. Missouri has 13 casinos, including in St. Louis, St. Charles, Kansas City, St. Joseph, Boonville, La Grange, Caruthersville and Cape Girardeau.

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