Mid-Missouri casino keeps hours
Wed, 16 Jun 2010 12:09:27 GMT —
Update: Wednesday, June 16 at 6:05 p.m.
While the rest of the state can enjoy 24-hour casinos in two weeks, the mid-Missouri area will not.
Officials with the Isle of Capri Casino in Boonville said there hours will remains as they are now.
Gamblers can enter the Isle of Capri Casino at 8 a.m. and stay until 5 a.m. the following morning.
"We took a look at it when we had the option to go 24 hours a week, Isle of Capri Marketing Director Heather Rapp said. The numbers just weren't there for us to go 24 hours.
State law has allow 24-hour gaming only on weekends. Casinos have been required to close for three hours during the week. But the move to allow open boarding and to eliminate loss limits prompted a demand for the additional hours.
The gaming commission has given the green light for round-the-clock casino operation as of July 1.
"This is gonna drive some additional revenue for the state of Missouri, which is a positive, Gaming Commission Security Director Clarence Greeno said. And, at the same time, be at little additional cost to the casinos because, as I said, they're open 21 hours now. I think, many of them will find it easier to schedule on a 24-hour schedule than a 21 hour-schedule.
The staff we would have to add to stay open 24 hours just didn't support it, Rapp said.
The casinos pay the cost of the gaming commission security officers who monitor their operations.
Greeno said there will trained officers available to cover the additional hours as a result of the closing of the President Casino in St. Louis.
Three casinos in St. Louis and four in Kansas City have requested 24-hour operation.
The casinos in Boonville, St. Joseph, Caruthersville and LaGrange have not.
Gamblers will have more time to play at most Missouri casinos beginning next month.
Many of the state's 13 casinos close for several hours each day during the week.
But the Missouri Gaming Commission said that after the President Casino closes June 30, enough enforcement agents will be available to allow casinos to stay open 24 hours a day all week.