Missouri’s new House Speaker on Wednesday expressed a willingness to consider rules for unregulated video slot machines that have proliferated across the state.
“If there’s something that can be fixed to protect Missouri’s consumers, I’m open to that,” House Speaker Dean Plocher, R-Des Peres, told reporters in response to a question about the devices.
Unlike regulated gambling, no proceeds from the video slot machines are diverted to education. There are no government-sanctioned resources for addicted gamblers or rules to protect consumers from low payouts.
Missouri law requires that gambling devices pay out at least 80% of what gamblers wager.