Missouri Gaming Commission celebrates 30 years

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Col. Eric Olson addresses commissioners and those gathered Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, for the 30th anniversary celebration of the Missouri Gaming Commission. Olson is superintendent of the Missouri Highway Patrol, which closely works with the commission for investigative work, background checks and whatever is deemed necessary to see that gaming agencies operating in Missouri operate within the law.
Julie Smith/News Tribune photo: Col. Eric Olson addresses commissioners and those gathered Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, for the 30th anniversary celebration of the Missouri Gaming Commission. Olson is superintendent of the Missouri Highway Patrol, which closely works with the commission for investigative work, background checks and whatever is deemed necessary to see that gaming agencies operating in Missouri operate within the law.

Gambling revenue is at an all-time high in Missouri.

But the number of people visiting the state's 13 casinos has largely been declining during the past decade, according to the 2023 annual report from the Missouri Gaming Commission.