Legalizing a new industry brings with it a lot of conflicting issues to be decided and sports betting Missouri is no different.
However, it’s less common for one side to stand up for something that would likely hurt them in the long run.
A. John Baker, Regional Vice President for Government Relations for Caesars, did just that at a hearing for two MO sports betting bills on Tuesday.
Iowa as a model?
Baker asked lawmakers to include what he called “Iowa Model, ”which means personal registration for the first 18 months of the market:
“It is an 18 month period during which the casinos that have invested in the community and have jobs, hundreds of millions of dollars in properties they have developed in those communities, will have the opportunity to personally enroll customers for a period of time before you Create the online registration process that never leaves you anywhere. Just download the app. “
Baker’s comments related to Late. Caleb Rowden‘s SB 256, this is an accompanying invoice from MP Phil Christofanelli‘s HB 730.
SB 217 from Senator Tony Luetkemeyer was also heard during the Senate Budget Committee Listen.
Why Personal Registration in Missouri Sportsbook Account?
This is an unusual invitation for a multi-state casino operator to request personal registration. That’s because Missouri presents a unique situation for Caesars.
Caesars pays $ 3.7 billion to the William Hill, a well-known brand in sports betting circles, but not a household name.
The casino operator has after merging with three casinos in Missouri Eldorado::
- Capri Island, Boonville
- Harrah’s Kansas City
- Lumiere Place, St. Louis
Missouri casinos are actually river boats and only legal on both Missouri or Mississippi Rivers. This means that most casinos are located either on the state’s western or eastern border. Caesars has a casino on both borders, as well as the Isle of Capri Casino near central Missouri.
A personal registration could also drive traffic from the DraftKings at Casino Queenwhich is only a few miles away Busch Stadium in the East St. Louis, Illinois. Operators like DraftKings and FanDuel have chosen not to be tied to a casino in states that allow this.
Personally hurts the markets
While Caesars may be better off registering in person, history shows that the model constrains both weather and the overall market.
There are a few examples that describe:
Lots of bills, but none personally
Unfortunately for Caesars, none of them five Sports betting suggestions require personal registration. That probably won’t change either Missouri Gaming Association supports Rowden’s proposal in its current form.
In addition to Luetkemeyer’s bill and Rowden and Christofanelli’s proposal, there are three other bills for sports betting in Missouri:
Given that Rowden is the Senate majority leader, this could indicate that his and Christofanelli’s proposals are the means to legalize sports betting in Missouri.
Rowden ready to pass legal Missouri sports betting
Rowden is poised to see sports betting legalized in his state, especially as his constituents are already doing so with offshore operators.
“I think it’s time to legalize sports betting in the state,” said Rowden. “… There is really no reason not to do this at this point. It’s already happening, might as well legalize what’s already happening and make some money off of it. “
Rowden was grilled on some of his billing details like his 6.75% Tax rate and suggested three skins per Hoskins casino. But Rowden made it clear that what is most important to him is a legal market.
“I’ll probably answer any question or comment about it: I’m much less interested in the details,” Rowden said. “I’m much more interested in getting things done. So I am open to any dialogue. “