Casino Watch Focus reported that the citizens in Cape Girardeau voted to allow a new casino. It was reported at that time that the Missouri Gaming Commission would likely approve the proposal, even though there were clear reasons reported why the MGC should not give the 13th casino license to any company or city. Now the St Louis Post Dispatch is reporting that the MGC decided to award The Isle of Capri the 13th license in Cape Girardeau:
The Missouri Gaming Commission voted unanimously and without discussion to choose Cape Girardeau over proposals for St. Louis and for Sugar Creek, which is near Kansas City. A casino license became available this summer when the President Casino in downtown St. Louis went out of business. Missouri law since 2008 has capped the number of casino licenses at 13.
The commission’s decision Wednesday clears the way for a casino in Cape Girardeau, but a license is not awarded until a facility is ready to open. This is the first time regulators have mulled a new casino since the limit on casino licenses was enacted.
Opponents of that ballot measure expressed disappointment with the commission’s decision Wednesday. “My heart is absolutely broken. I cried this morning, but that’s over,” said Doug Austin, who lives in Cape Girardeau and helped to organize opposition to the casino.