Former Brentwood City Administrator Christopher Seemayer has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of embezzling city money and gambling the money at the Casino Queen. Read the story in the St.Louis Post Dispatch.
ST. LOUIS — Casino operator Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. is promoting Arnold Block to chief operating officer.
Block takes over the post from Virginia McDowell, who was promoted to CEO in April.
Block joined the company in 2008, serving as senior vice president of the Isle brand. He has almost 20 years of experience in the regional gambling business and previously held positions at Harrah's Entertainment and Argosy Gaming Co.
Isle, based in St. Louis, owns and runs casinos in Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana, Iowa, Colorado and Florida.
(Jefferson City, MO) -- Fewer Missourians are gambling and fewer are getting into financial trouble when they do gamble.
Those are findings of questions sponsored by the state's main anti-gambling group on a statewide health survey. The Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling says questions it included in the state department of health and the Center for Disease Control's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System showed 0.4 percent of Missourians who said they gambled ran into financial problems because of the gambling.
That's the same percentage as the last time the question was asked in 2007, but the BRFSS also found that nearly three and a half percent fewer Missourians said they had gambled in 2010 compared to 2007. In 2007, a little more than 43 percent of survey respondents said they had gambled in the last 12 months. In 2010 that number dropped to just over 40 percent.
Keith Spare of the Alliance says he's encouraged that the numbers are "going in the right direction, but there's still a lot of work that needs to be done to curb problem gambling."
The purpose of the Alliance is to educate Missourians on the potential characteristics and dangers of problem and compulsive gambling, to refer compulsive gamblers and their loved ones to free treatment through a toll-free help line (1-888-BETSOFF; 1-888-238-7633), website (888betsoff.org) and email address (firstname.lastname@example.org), to prevent underage play and to promote responsible gaming.
The Missouri Gaming Commission welcomes Commissioner Suzanne Bradley. Bradley, a St.Joseph, Missouri attorney has previously served on the Commission for a three year term ending in April 2010.
MGC Executive Director Roger Stottlemyre says "we are very pleased Suzanne Bradley will be joining the Commission. She brings a wealth of both legal experience, and knowledge of the Missouri Gaming Commission's regulatory functions." Bradley will begin her service at the next regular monthly meeting, which is June 22nd at 9 a.m. in Jefferson City.
Bradley will replace Commissioner Noel Shull. Shull served two, three year terms. His appointment expired April of 2011.