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Test your luck and your skill at some of the best casinos in the Midwest. All bets are on.
Author: David Carren

Get Your Game on at Missouri’s Best Casinos

Whether you’re a cautious video-poker player or a big wheelin’ roulette king, Missouri has a casino to your liking. Even if you don’t play the games, you will enjoy the shows, restaurants and other events at some of the best casinos in the Midwest. Most casinos offer a lineup of top name entertainers; lounges and brewpubs; a schedule of special events; dining choices ranging from hamburgers to slow-smoked Missouri barbecue to fine-dining; plus other amenities and activities.

Get Your Game on at Missouri’s Best Casinos

Head to Riverside, eight miles north of Kansas City, where you can indulge in gaming, varied cuisine and pampering at Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa. After a night at the blackjack table, choose from five restaurants followed by a customized spa experience at this cool casino. The Crazy Olive lounge has a specialty martini with your name on it. Sit down to a wood-fired steak at Journey. Want to extend your experience? Book one of their packages.

Best Casinos in Missouri – Off of the Beaten Path

Located on the Mississippi River in La Grange, 32 miles north of Hannibal, Mark Twain Casino proves why it’s one of the wildest casinos in the Midwest, with some of the loosest slot machines in Missouri and video poker aplenty. Order some buttermilk pancakes for breakfast and prime rib for supper at Bistro 104. Grab a quick snack at Sizzlin’ 7s Grill before heading back to the gaming action.

Traveling the state in your RV? Lady Luck Casino in Caruthersville has an amenities-packed RV park with 27 full hook-up spaces. In the cool casino, more than 600 slot machines and 15 gaming stand ready for your gaming pleasure. Enjoy a beer at The Lone Wolf Bar. Dig into a bowl of 'twice-baked mac & cheese' at Otis and Henry’s Bar and Grill.

Feel Lucky at These Cool Casinos in the St. Louis Area


In 2013, Strictly Slots Magazine named River City Casino a place “Where You Feel the Luckiest.” Located 10 miles south of downtown St. Louis, the River City Casino has more than 90,000 square feet of gaming tables, slots, poker rooms and entertainment. Make a weekend of it and book a night in one of 200 hotel rooms. When you need to refuel from all the fun, grab a bite at The Beerhouse and visit Lewy Nine’s Café.

Gambling not your favorite, but you like games? Nine miles from River City Casino, step into Orbit Pinball Lounge in Maplewood. Building on the age-21-and-older crowd, this hotspot combines a lounge atmosphere with an a full arcade, including–as their name implies–a variety of pinballs. Grab a Schlafly beer and get out that roll of quarters.

Downtown St. Louis is home to one of the most impressive casinos in the Midwest. Lumière Place Casino, less than a mile north of the Gateway Arch is connected by a pedestrian walkway to the Edward Jones Dome (home of the NFL St. Louis Rams) and America’s Center Convention Complex. Lumière Place has something for everyone: views of the Mississippi River; wonderful restaurants; nightclubs; and 75,000 square feet of gaming. Book a night at the Four Seasons Hotel or the HoteLumière to indulge in a true getaway.

In St. Charles, a
pproximately 22 miles west of downtown St. Louis, Ameristar Casino Resort Spa graces the banks of the Missouri River. Place your bets in the High-Limit Poker Room; grab a seat at one of the 2,500 state-of-the-art slot machines; try your luck with the dice at a craps table. After you work up an appetite playing the games at this cool casino, select a table of a different kind inside Bugatti’s Steaks and Pasta, an Italian-inspired restaurant like you would expect to find in Las Vegas.

More of Missouri’s Best Casinos


In late 2013, the Isle of Capri Casino in Boonville completed a floor-to-ceiling renovation, making it a first-rate gaming destination in the Midwest. An improved table-games area is just a small part of the exciting revamp of the 28,000 square-feet of gaming space. Check their website for a schedule of top name headlining entertainers.  

Downtown Cape Girardeau combines the new with the old. Near the historic downtown area resides an oasis – Isle Casino. Gaming is just one of the activities on the menu at this cool casino. Breathtaking views of the Mississippi River are a stunning backdrop for slots, poker tables and live entertainment. And, you must visit the rooftop dining destination at Keller’s, where sunsets dazzle your senses.

Alternatives to Missouri’s Best Casinos


Gambling isn’t for everyone, so Gunther’s Games in Columbia offers gaming (not gambling) for all ages. Between the arcade games and the black-light mini golf, this family entertainment center brings out the young at heart in everyone. In addition to the arcade, Gunther’s caters to the adult crowd by offering eight bowling lanes, pool tables, a large dart room and plenty of cold beer.

The Lake of the Ozarks isn’t just for boating. Enjoy an evening at Miner Mike’s Indoor Family Fun Center, where your inner child can race NASCAR-style and take a ride on The Runaway Mine Train Roller Coaster, among several other activities. Test your skills on the many high-tech arcade games. Chow-down on some grub at Longbranch Saloon.

There are
12 cool casinos and several family fun centers listed on VisitMO, proving Missouri has lots of places to enjoy games and gaming.


 Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa
You deserve more than a night out. You deserve an experience. At Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa, you’ll ...

 Mark Twain Casino
Cash in on fortunes at one of the wildest casinos in the Midwest. With more than 600 of the loosest ...

 Lady Luck Casino - Caruthersville
Lady Luck Casino features action-packed gaming with slots, poker, and table games. We offer free valet. Hungry? ...

 River City Casino
A 90,000-square-foot casino with more than 2,100 slot machines and 55 table games, including poker. ...

 Lumiere Place Casino
Lumiere Place is a casino in downtown St. Louis, in the area of Laclede's Landing. We feature 2,000 ...

 Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles
The latest, most popular slot and video poker machines; a wide variety of table games; an exciting, ...

 Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel - Boonville
The casino has many of your favorite slot machines and table games. Our three signature restaurants ...

 Isle Casino – Cape Girardeau
The 42,000 square feet of gaming space offers guests more than 1,000 slot machines. 21 table games, ...