March Madness

The Missourinet radio news network called us and wanted to know about March Madness and brackets and office  pools.  It’s not under the MGC’s jurisdiction. General Counsel Ed Grewach conducted an interview for News Director Brian Hauswirth. Listen to the interview and read the story here.

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Blaine Preston

Gaming Laboratories International names Senior Client Services Representative

12 March 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) — Gaming Laboratories International has named Blaine Preston Senior Client Services Representative. In his new role, Preston will be responsible for delivering the highest level of customer service to key gaming and lottery clients.

Preston brings more than 15 years of professional experience in regulatory technical compliance, risk management and security operations to his new role with GLI. Most recently, Preston served as Director of Security for the Missouri Lottery, where he managed the Missouri Lottery’s security staff, investigations and system security compliance program. Additionally, Preston was responsible for conducting in-depth licensing and background investigations, as well as managing lottery security oversight for more than 4,800 licensed retailers throughout Missouri.

Previously, Preston served as Enforcement Manager for the Missouri Gaming Commission. His responsibilities included regulatory compliance and enforcement, drafting rules and regulations, conducting investigations, and ensuring regulatory oversight of 13 Missouri-based casinos and corporate entities.

“It’s with great pleasure that we welcome Blaine to our growing GLI Client Services team,” said GLI Director of Client Services, Michael Capen. “His depth of experience working for both the Missouri Lottery and the Missouri Gaming Commission further enhances our ability to provide the world-class results and unmatched service our valued clients and customers have come to expect from GLI.”

Preston obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Missouri State University and is a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) trainer. He is the 2015 recipient of the Missouri Lottery Executive Director’s Award for successfully implementing Missouri’s statewide lottery system.

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Next MGC Meeting

The next meeting of the Missouri Gaming Commission is Wednesday, March 28th at 10 a.m. in Jefferson City. The agenda will be posted here when it becomes available.

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Problem Gambling Awareness Month


March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

             The Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling is once again supporting a nationwide initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the “silent addiction.” Currently in its 14th year, National Problem Gambling Awareness Month is an initiative created by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).

“The primary goal of the campaign is to encourage anyone who knows someone that might be suffering from gambling addiction to ‘Have the Conversation,’” said Susan Goedde, chair of the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling and communications manager for the Missouri Lottery.

According to the NCPG, approximately 2-3 percent of Americans meet the criteria for problem gambling. Recent results from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service’s 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) found that less than 1 percent of Missourian’s who participate in gambling activities exhibit signs of having a problem.

“We want everyone to know that free help is available, especially those who have a gambling problem or loved ones of a problem gambler,” said Goedde. “Accessing professional help through the 1-888-BETSOFF helpline is easy and confidential.”

Goedde said that in the time since the 1-888-BETSOFF helpline was established in 2001, more than 40,000 calls have been placed to the helpline. An additional 46,000 referrals for free treatment programs have also been given.

To support the national awareness campaign and the availability of free help in Missouri, the Alliance has created a new public service announcement (PSA). The PSA is being distributed via radio and TV across the state, and it can be found here: Alliance members also completed a redesign of the Bets Off billboards in late 2017.

To access free help from licensed professionals, please call 1-888-BETSOFF (1-888-238-7633), email or visit The Missouri Gaming Commission and the Missouri Lottery both offer their own voluntary, self-exclusion lists for problem gamblers. More information about problem gambling concerns and responsible gaming can be found at, and

About the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling (

The Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling, which was created in 1997, is a partnership between the Missouri Lottery, Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Missouri Gaming Association, Missouri Gaming Commission, Port Authority of Kansas City and a recovery community representative.  The purpose of the Alliance is to educate Missourians on the potential characteristics and dangers of problem and compulsive gambling, to refer compulsive gamblers and their family and friends to free treatment through a toll-free helpline, to prevent underage play and to promote responsible gaming.

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February 28 Meeting Agenda

Meeting Notice

Date:      February 28, 2018

Time:     10:00 a.m.

Place:     Missouri Gaming Commission

               3417 Knipp Drive

               Jefferson City, Missouri

**Special Accommodations: Accommodations for people with disabilities are available.  Please contact us either by telephone at (573) 526-2326, or e-mail at, 72 hours in advance of the meeting, if possible.

Tentative Agenda

  1. Call to Order

 Consideration of Minutes

  1. January 10, 2018

III.          Consideration of Relicensure of Class A & B Licensees

Penn National Gaming, Inc. (Class A)

The Missouri Gaming Company

d/b/a Argosy Riverside Casino (Class B)

  • Presentation by Applicant
  • Presentation by City of Riverside
  • Public Comment
  • Investigative Summary
  • MBE/WBE Compliance Review
  • Staff Recommendation
  1. Resolution No. 18-006
  2. Resolution No. 18-007
  3. Consideration of Licensure of Fantasy Sports Operators
  4. DraftKings, Inc.
  • Presentation by Applicant
  • Investigative Summary
  • Staff Recommendation 
  • Motion to Close Meeting under Sections 313.945, RSMo., Investigatory, Priorietary and Application Records and 610.021(14), RSMo., Records Protected from Disclosure by Law.
  1. Resolution No. 18-008 (FanDuel Inc.)
  2. Resolution No. 18-009 (SportsHub Technologies, LLC)
  3. Resolution No. 18-010 (DraftKings, Inc.)

 Consideration of Disciplinary Actions

  1. Tropicana St. Louis, LLC
  2. DC-18-006
  3. Tropicana St. Louis, LLC
  4. DC-18-007
  5. PNK (River City), LLC d/b/a River City Casino
  6. DC-18-008
  7. Harrah’s North Kansas City, LLC
  8. DC-18-009

 Consideration of Rules & Regulations

  1. Rescission of Rules and Regulations that Overlap, Duplicate or Conflict with a Statute or Another Rule
    1. 11 CSR 45-3.010 – Commission Records
    2. 11 CSR 45-5.053 – Policies
    3. 11 CSR 45-7.070 – Surveillance Logs
    4. 11 CSR 45-8.100 – Count Room—Characteristics
    5. 11 CSR 45-10.055 – Certain Transactions Involving Slot Machines
    6. 11 CSR 45-11.020 – Deposit Account—Taxes and Fees
    7. 11 CSR 45-11.080 – Other Taxes and Fees
    8. 11 CSR 45-11.120 – Penalties and Interest
    9. 11 CSR 45-12.020 – Excursion Liquor License and Definitions
    10. 11 CSR 45-17.010 – Disassociated Persons List Created—Right to Remove From Premises
    11. 11 CSR 45-30.520 – Waiver of Requirements
    12. 11 CSR 45-30.535 – Penalties
    13. 11 CSR 45-40.070 – Operational Fees
    14. 11 CSR 45-40.100 – Audits
    15. Rescission of Rules and Regulations that are Unnecessary, or Not Essential to the Health, Safety or Welfare of Missouri Residents
    16. 11 CSR 45-7.020 – Minimum Standards
    17. 11 CSR 45-7.150 – Compliance with this Chapter
    18. 11 CSR 45-9.010 – Definition of Licensee
    19. 11 CSR 45-9.040 – Commission Approval of Internal Control System
    20. 11 CSR 45-11.030 – Payment—Gaming Tax
    21. 11 CSR 45-11.070 – Return and Payment—Admission Fee
    22. 11 CSR 45-11.130 – Failure to File Return or Pay Tax or Fee
    23. 11 CSR 45-11.160 – Collection and Enforcement
    24. 11 CSR 45-17.020 – Procedure for Applying for Placement on List of Disassociated Persons
    25. Rescission of Rules and Regulations that are Obsolete
    26. 11 CSR 45-4.085 – Expiration of Temporary License
    27. 11 CSR 45-5.170 – Destruction of Counterfeit Chips and Tokens
    28. 11 CSR 45-7.100 – Maintenance and Testing

 VII.      Consideration of Placement on List of Excluded Persons

  1. Patrick C. Ahlering
  2. Resolution No. 18-011

 VIII.     Consideration of Bingo Settlement Agreement

  1. New Madrid Eagles Lodge 4206
  2. Resolution No. 18-001-B
  3. Little Guys Baseball Club
  4. Resolution No. 18-002-B


  1. Consideration of Licensure of Level I and Key Applicants
  2. Resolution No. 18-012


  1. Motion for Closed Meeting under Sections 313.847 and 313.945, RSMo., Investigatory, Proprietary and Application Records and 610.021(1), RSMo., Legal Actions, (3) & (13) Personnel and (14) Records Protected from Disclosure by Law


  1. Motion to Open Meeting

 XII.      Adjournment



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Financial numbers in St. Jo

Ray Scherer of St.Jo News Press Now reports on financial numbers at the casino there.

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Next MGC meeting

The next meeting of the Missouri Gaming Commission will be Wednesday, February 28th at 10 a.m. in Jefferson City. The agenda will be posted here when it becomes available.

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Sports Wagering in Missouri

Kurt Erickson of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes about sports wagering coming to Missouri. Read the story here.

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Sports Wagering Bills

The Legal Sports Report has a story on  sports wagering bills. Read it here.

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Congratulations to this group! The Missouri Gaming Commission staff has raised $18,699.00 for the Foodbank for Central and Northeast Missouri. The money goes to the Buddy Pack Program. The Columbia Missourian has more.

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