Missouri casinos set to open June 1

Missouri's 13 casinos reopening delayed through June 1

The Missouri Gaming Commission pushed the reopening date another two weeks on Wednesday to accommodate various local government opening dates that differ from the state.

Missouri state’s 13 casinos will reopen on June 1, after being closed since March 17 due to the mandated safety measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

They had been set to open on May 15, but the Missouri Gaming Commission pushed that date another two weeks on Wednesday to accommodate various local government opening dates that differ from the stateSt. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Gaming Commission Chairman Mike Leara earlier said a key part of the decision to keep the casinos closed beyond May 15 was competition across county borders. St. Charles County, home to the Ameristar Casino, for example, is set to reopen earlier than St. Louis County, potentially allowing one operator to gain a financial advantage. He acknowledged that may not play well for casino operators in rural areas where there is less competition.

In Illinois, there is no opening date for casinos including the two in the Metro East: the Alton Argosy and the Casino Queen. The Casino Queen and the city of East St. Louis, which depends on the Queen for tax revenue, could be adversely affected when Missouri casinos reopen, especially Lumière Place in downtown St. Louis and River City in Lemay.