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September 30, 2020

In Missouri

Pinnacle must compete for a license if it replaces casino boat

(US).- Pinnacle Entertainment, which owns the casino on the Admiral, wants to replace it with a new barge at the same site on Laclede's Landing once the Admiral is decertified next summer. But Missouri Gaming Commission executive director Gene McNary says that's not possible.

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Their license is boat-specific. In other words, it was the Admiral, not another boat that was licensed. And so when they bring another boat in there the commission is supposed to consider their application and make a review of whether that boat is acceptable," McNary said.

Today's decision is significant because a 2008 voter-approved law caps the number of casino licenses at 13.

Missouri currently has 12 casinos and one under construction, so Pinnacle would have to compete with others seeking to develop a new facility once the President is shut down.

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