Illegal slot machines in Missouri subject of Senate crackdown Kurt Erickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch · January 15, 2020 at 12:37 am After watching a flood of unregulated and untaxed slot machines swamp the state, Missouri lawmakers will try again this year to ban the gambling terminals. In a hearing Tuesday, Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, outlined a plan to ban the machines that have popped up in gas stations, restaurants and truck stops, sucking money away from the state’s legal gambling options. “These games, these machines are being touted as legal. Obviously, we think they are wrong,” Schatz said. Schatz said he is tired of seeing the machines when he walks into gas stations.