(KMOV) -- The River City Casino has passed its final test –winning unanimous approval by the Missouri Gaming Commission to open next Thursday.
Commissioners praised Pinnacle Entertainment on building what they call "a beautiful facility in Lemay."
The casino will be a boon to coffers in county government, paying $4 million a year in rent.
Those opposed to gambling say that residents will lose many millions more when they play inside the casino.
Some opposition showed up at the gaming commission’s meeting to protest talk of a future casino in north St. Louis.
A couple dozen members of the Common Sense Coalition wore buttons that said, "Casi-no."
They say a proposed casino in Spanish Lake is a horrible spot because it's next to a wildlife preserve at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.
The proposed location for a future casino is on 376 acres along Riverview Drive, just 500 feet south of the Columbia Bottoms Conservation Area.
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