Commission isn't ready to choose new St. Louis area casino

Thursday, July 1, 2004

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Missouri Gaming Commission will not consider a new casino for the St. Louis area at its meeting on July 8, citing a need for more study, the commission's chairman said Thursday.

"Due to the volume and complexity of the information prepared by the staff, I believe the commission will benefit from additional time to study the material," chairman Floyd Bartch said. "This is an important decision. I know I need more time and I suspect the other commissioners do as well."

The St. Louis County Council on Tuesday supported a plan for Pinnacle Entertainment's proposed $300 million casino in the Lemay area of south St. Louis County. But that casino is just one of six under consideration by the Gaming Commission.

Bartch would not speculate on when the commission would consider the proposals.

The region is already home to casinos in St. Louis, Maryland Heights and St. Charles, as well as two casinos on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River -- in Alton and East St. Louis.

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