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  313.800.  Definitions — additional games of skill, commission approval, procedures. — 1.  As used in sections 313.800 to 313.850, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the following terms mean:

  (1)  "Adjusted gross receipts", the gross receipts from licensed gambling games and devices less winnings paid to wagerers;

  (2)  "Applicant", any person applying for a license authorized under the provisions of sections 313.800 to 313.850;

  (3)  "Bank", the elevations of ground which confine the waters of the Mississippi or Missouri Rivers at the ordinary high water mark as defined by common law;

  (4)  "Capital, cultural, and special law enforcement purpose expenditures" shall include any disbursement, including disbursements for principal, interest, and costs of issuance and trustee administration related to any indebtedness, for the acquisition of land, land improvements, buildings and building improvements, vehicles, machinery, equipment, works of art, intersections, signing, signalization, parking lot, bus stop, station, garage, terminal, hanger, shelter, dock, wharf, rest area, river port, airport, light rail, railroad, other mass transit, pedestrian shopping malls and plazas, parks, lawns, trees, and other landscape, convention center, roads, traffic control devices, sidewalks, alleys, ramps, tunnels, overpasses and underpasses, utilities, streetscape, lighting, trash receptacles, marquees, paintings, murals, fountains, sculptures, water and sewer systems, dams, drainage systems, creek bank restoration, any asset with a useful life greater than one year, cultural events, and any expenditure related to a law enforcement officer deployed as horse-mounted patrol, school resource or drug awareness resistance education (D.A.R.E) officer;

  (5)  "Cheat", to alter the selection of criteria which determine the result of a gambling game or the amount or frequency of payment in a gambling game;

  (6)  "Commission", the Missouri gaming commission;

  (7)  "Credit instrument", a written check, negotiable instrument, automatic bank draft or other authorization from a qualified person to an excursion gambling boat licensee or any of its affiliated companies licensed by the commission authorizing the licensee to withdraw the amount of credit extended by the licensee to such person from the qualified person's banking account in an amount determined under section 313.817 on or after a date certain of not more than thirty days from the date the credit was extended, and includes any such writing taken in consolidation, redemption or payment of a previous credit instrument, but does not include any interest-bearing installment loan or other extension of credit secured by collateral;

  (8)  "Dock", the location in a city or county authorized under subsection 10 of section 313.812 which contains any natural or artificial space, inlet, hollow, or basin, in or adjacent to a bank of the Mississippi or Missouri Rivers, next to a wharf or landing devoted to the embarking of passengers on and disembarking of passengers from a gambling excursion but shall not include any artificial space created after May 20, 1994, and is located more than one thousand feet from the closest edge of the main channel of the river as established by the United States Army Corps of Engineers;

  (9)  "Excursion gambling boat", a boat, ferry, other floating facility, or any nonfloating facility licensed by the commission on or inside of which gambling games are allowed;

  (10)  "Fiscal year", the fiscal year of a home dock city or county;

  (11)  "Floating facility", any facility built or originally built as a boat, ferry or barge licensed by the commission on which gambling games are allowed;

  (12)  "Gambling excursion", the time during which gambling games may be operated on an excursion gambling boat whether docked or during a cruise;

  (13)  "Gambling game" includes, but is not limited to, games of skill or games of chance on an excursion gambling boat but does not include gambling on sporting events; provided such games of chance are approved by amendment to the Missouri Constitution;

  (14)  "Games of chance", any gambling game in which the player's expected return is not favorably increased by the player's reason, foresight, dexterity, sagacity, design, information or strategy;

  (15)  "Games of skill", any gambling game in which there is an opportunity for the player to use the player's reason, foresight, dexterity, sagacity, design, information or strategy to favorably increase the player's expected return; including, but not limited to, the gambling games known as "poker", "blackjack" (twenty-one), "craps", "Caribbean stud", "pai gow poker", "Texas hold'em", "double down stud", and any video representation of such games;

  (16)  "Gross receipts", the total sums wagered by patrons of licensed gambling games;

  (17)  "Holder of occupational license", a person licensed by the commission to perform an occupation within excursion gambling boat operations which the commission has identified as requiring a license;

  (18)  "Licensee", any person licensed under sections 313.800 to 313.850;

  (19)  "Mississippi River" and "Missouri River", the water, bed and banks of those rivers, including any space filled wholly or partially by the water of those rivers in a manner approved by the commission but shall not include any artificial space created after May 20, 1994, and is located more than one thousand feet from the closest edge of the main channel of the river as established by the United States Army Corps of Engineers;

  (20)  "Nonfloating facility", any structure within one thousand feet from the closest edge of the main channel of the Missouri or Mississippi River, as established by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, that contains at least two thousand gallons of water beneath or inside the facility either by an enclosed space containing such water or in rigid or semirigid storage containers, tanks, or structures;

  (21)  "Supplier", a person who sells or leases gambling equipment and gambling supplies to any licensee.

  2.  (1)  In addition to the games of skill defined in this section, the commission may approve other games of skill upon receiving a petition requesting approval of a gambling game from any applicant or licensee.  The commission may set the matter for hearing by serving the applicant or licensee with written notice of the time and place of the hearing not less than five days prior to the date of the hearing and posting a public notice at each commission office.  The commission shall require the applicant or licensee to pay the cost of placing a notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the applicant's or licensee's home dock city or county.  The burden of proof that the gambling game is a game of skill is at all times on the petitioner.  The petitioner shall have the affirmative responsibility of establishing the petitioner's case by a preponderance of evidence including:

  (a)  Is it in the best interest of gaming to allow the game; and

  (b)  Is the gambling game a game of chance or a game of skill?

  (2)  All testimony shall be given under oath or affirmation.  Any citizen of this state shall have the opportunity to testify on the merits of the petition.  The commission may subpoena witnesses to offer expert testimony.  Upon conclusion of the hearing, the commission shall evaluate the record of the hearing and issue written findings of fact that shall be based exclusively on the evidence and on matters officially noticed.  The commission shall then render a written decision on the merits which shall contain findings of fact, conclusions of law and a final commission order.  The final commission order shall be within thirty days of the hearing.  Copies of the final commission order shall be served on the petitioner by certified or overnight express mail, postage prepaid, or by personal delivery.


(L. 1991 H.B. 149 § 1 Adopted by Referendum, Proposition A, November 3, 1992, A.L. 1993 S.B. 10 & 11 § 1, A.L. 1994 S.B. 740, A.L. 2005 H.B. 58 merged with H.B. 186 merged with S.B. 272, A.L. 2014 S.B. 741, A.L. 2016 S.B. 833, A.L. 2021 S.B. 26, A.L. 2022 H.B. 2400 merged with S.B. 987)

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