This is the last day for companies wanting to apply for the state’s only remaining casino license.
State law limits Missouri to only 13 casino licenses. The demise of the President Casino in St. Louis has opened the competition for its license. State Gaming Commission Executive Director Roger Stottlemyre expects as many as six applicants from the St. Louis and Kansas City areas and from Cape Girardeau. He says a detailed evaluation process will begin immediately.
One part of the evaluation will be done by the commission staff. The Economic Development Department will study such things as the impact the new casino would have on other casinos in the area. In the Kansas City area, the sudy will include whether the planned opening of a new casino just across the state line in Kansas will work against a proposed casino in Sugar Creek.
The gaming commission wants to decide by the end of the year.