The laws of Missouri provide for an individual to be able to recover any monies lost gambling in an unregulated way by way of a civil action. Furthermore spouses, heirs and creditors are also able to recover monies in the same such fashion in the event that the person who had lost the money had passed. Parents may also sue for gambling losses by a minor and any such suing for damages in this regard must take place within three months of the loss of the money or property.

Missouri is also a state that provides penalties for, ‘Advancing Gambling Activity,’ which is again a charge that does not apply to people who are merely participating as players.

However, gambling is, in fact, a crime within the state pursuant to 572.020:



1. A person commits the crime of gambling if he knowingly engages in gambling.

2. Gambling is a class C misdemeanor unless:

  • It is committed by a professional player, in which case it is a class D felony; or
  • The person knowingly engages in gambling with a minor, in which case it is a class B misdemeanor.

Class C Misdemeanors, which would apply to mere players, are punishable by up to fifteen days in county jail as well as fines of up to $300.  

Promotion of Gambling (i.e. acting as an operator) can range from a Class A Misdemeanor to a Class D Felony depending on the amounts of money involved, the form of gambling and other factors.  

Missouri did pass a law authorizing and regulating Daily Fantasy Sports, and to date, they have the highest tax rate on the proceeds of DFS in the entire country. However, this passage may be considered promising for the potential of the state to eventually legalize and regulate online casinos.  

In 2010, an individual pled guilty to charges that he ran an illegal sports betting operation from a website based in Costa Rica, of course, he was acting as an operator rather than mere player.

However, there have been no cases whatsoever of people merely participating as players being arrested for doing such in the State of Missouri. The crime of unlawful gambling has relatively lax penalties compared to other states and DFS is legal in the State of Missouri, as a result, we are going to construe Missouri as a light restricted state.



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