New Gaming Business Says It’s Legal Due to Law Loophole


HANNIBAL, Mo. — Authorities in a northeast Missouri community are grappling with questions about what kind of gaming machines are legal.

A new business in Hannibal, Missouri, provides gaming machines. The owner says it’s legal thanks to a loophole in Missouri law.

Businesses like this bring up some questions: What are the chances of winning? And where does the money go?

The county prosecutor says he’s waiting for the outcome of other cases in Missouri before prosecuting.

The State Gaming Commission says it has no jurisdiction over machines outside of riverboats.

Missouri lawmakers have introduced two bills meant to provide clear definitions about what kind of gaming is legal in the state.

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