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October 19, 2021

Missouri Gaming Commission to hold a meeting with the interested parties

A group of 15 developers interested on Missouri's only available casino license

(US).- Fifteen developers, companies and cities have submitted letters of interest to the Missouri Gaming Commission to land the state’s 13th and only remaining gaming license to open a casino.


he interested parties and the proposed locations are: City of Sugar Creek, Ron Martinovich, Sugar Creek Dream Big LLC, David Knight and Jim Riley, Cape Girardeau, West Alton Partners LLC, Michael Casserly, West Alton, St. Louis Capital Partners LLC, John Uram, Cape Girardeau, Unbridled Entertainment, M. Shawn Cox, Cape Girardeau, St. Louis Development Corp., Rodney Crim, City of St. Louis, Coastal Capital Management LLC, Kenneth Shea, no specific location, Isle of Capri Casinos Inc., Tom Campbell of Gallop, Johnson and Neuman, no specific location, Blue Sky Development, John Parker, City of St. Louis, City of Louisiana, Elizabeth Onik, Louisiana.

Paradox Investments LLC doing business as Casino Celebration, Gregory Smith and Jim Koman, City of St. Louis, Railroad Casino Train, Virginia Harris, no specific location , Ingenus, Ken Mimmack, no specific location, North County Development, Brad Lakin and Ed Griesedeck, Spanish Lake, City of Cape Girardeau, Scott Meyer, Cape Girardeau.

Three of the parties submitted letters of interest for the final gaming license to the city of St. Louis last week. They were Isle of Capri, a St. Louis-based casino operator led by Chairman and Chief Executive James Perry; Casino Celebration led by developer Jim Koman, president of Clayton, Mo.-based Koman Properties, and owner of Casino Queen in East St. Louis, Ill.; and John Parker's Blue Sky Development.

The Missouri Gaming Commission will hold a meeting with the interested parties at 1 p.m. May 18 in Jefferson City to review statutory criteria and solicit input on how long it will take casino companies to submit their applications.

Missouri’s 13th and final gambling license will become available in July when Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment closes its President riverboat casino at Laclede’s Landing downtown. If a new casino opens in St. Louis, it will have to compete with Casino Queen, Lumiere Place, Harrah's, Ameristar, Argosy Alton and the newly opened River City Casino.

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