Missouri Gaming Commission Executive Director

The Missouri Gaming Commission has named Judge Peggy Richardson as its eighth executive director, succeeding David Grothaus. Peggy Richardson is a former judge in Moniteau County having served for over 22 years. Richardson was elected Associate Circuit Judge in Moniteau County in 1998, and re-elected every four years after until she became Circuit Judge for the 26th Judicial Circuit in 2016.

Judge Peggy Richardson is the first woman in the executive director role in Missouri Gaming Commission history and received her undergraduate degree from Central Missouri State University, her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri and is a graduate of Tipton High School in Moniteau County.

The Missouri Gaming Commission regulates charitable and commercial gaming in a manner which promotes a positive impact on the State and ensures the integrity of the industry including but not limited to:

Casino Gaming

The Missouri Gaming Commission was established in 1993 by the 87th General Assembly as specified by Chapter 313 RSMo to regulate excursion gambling boats. The Commission’s role is to ensure that criminal elements do not infiltrate licensed gaming operations and that games are conducted fairly, according to their rules and with full disclosure. There are 13 riverboat gaming casinos in Missouri. This industry employs approximately 8,824 people with an annual payroll of approximately $314.6 million dollars.

Missouri – Approved Casino Operator Licensees:

  • Affinity Gaming
  • Bally’s Corporation
  • Boyd Gaming Corporation
  • Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
  • Century Casinos, Inc.
  • Penn National Gaming, Inc

Charitable Gaming

Since September 1, 1994 the Charitable Games Division of the MGC has been charged with ensuring the integrity of gaming, and regulating the operation of bingo and other associated games to enable honest games for bingo players. Profits made by sponsoring organizations go to charities as prescribed by the Constitution of Missouri. The operation of bingo and other associated games is restricted to qualified licensed, religious, charitable, fraternal, veteran and service organizations.

Fantasy Sports

In September 2016 the Missouri Fantasy Sports Consumer Protection Act went into effect. The Missouri Gaming Commission is charged with regulating this industry. Missouri Gaming Commission issues licenses, investigates applicants and violations, and collects operation fees from daily fantasy sports contest operators in Missouri. Missouri Gaming Commission writes rules and regulations and enforces them within the industry.

Daily fantasy sports contests are operated on the internet, with participants paying an entry fee. Prizes are paid out to participants with the highest point totals.

Missouri Approved – Fantasy Sports Contest Operators

  • FFPC, LLC – www.myffpc.com
  • DraftKings Inc. – www.draftkings.com
  • FanDuel Inc. – www.fanduel.com
  • Fantasy Draft, LLC – www.fantasydraft.com
  • OwnersBox 3.0 Corporation – www.ownersbox.com
  • RealTime Fantasy Sports Inc. – www.RTSports.com
  • SportsHub Technologies, LLC dba CDM Sports – www.cdmsports.com
  • Underdog Sports Inc. – underdogfantasy.com
  • Yahoo Fantasy Sports, LLC – sports.yahoo.com/dailyfantasy

Feature Image Credit: Roxanne Ready

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