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10/24/2014

article Casino cruise may come to Texas in January
(Texas) -- A Corpus Christi company may launch a casino cruise that will ship customers into international waters to get their gambling on come January.

10/23/2014

article Former rodeo pro seeks to restart casino cruises
(Texas) -- Call it high rolling on the high seas. The Corpus Christi man behind a casino bus company wants to revive Las Vegas-style gambling cruises that would sail...
article Texas Lottery pulls scratch-off tickets that caused confusion
(Texas) -- The Texas lottery has announced that it will pull its Fun 5’s scratch-off game from circulation after hundreds of ticket-buyers complained about...

10/22/2014

article Commission to discuss eight-liner regulations
(Texas) -- A majority of WillacyCounty commissioners say they oppose a proposed ordinance with tough regulations on eight-liner arcades as County Judge John F. Gonzales...
article Businessman Aims to Bring Casino Boat to Corpus Christi
(Texas) -- If you've been anxiously waiting for gambling to return to South Texas, your wait might be nearing an end. A buss on social media led to the discovery of...

10/7/2014

article TX Group Gets Legal Help on Historical Racing
(Texas) -- A coalition representing racing and breeding interests in Texas has retained an attorney to assist in the continued push for historical race wagering, an...

10/6/2014

article Are slot-like machines soon heading to Texas racetracks?
(Texas) -- Lone Star Park isn’t rushing to install new gambling machines, but it does hope to get out of the gate soon. The local horse racetrack in Grand Prairie...

10/3/2014

article More 8-liners showing up in McAllen, authorities say
(Texas) -- Crackdowns on illegal gambling in Cameron and Willacy counties have alerted authorities to possible rises in so-called eight-liner casinos moving into Hidalgo...

9/29/2014

article Texas horse, dog tracks not racing to get new gambling machines
(Texas) -- New gambling machines expected to raise big bucks for Texas horse and greyhound tracks technically become legal this week. Even with a tentative go-ahead from...

9/28/2014

article Texas horse, dog tracks not racing to get new gambling machines
(Texas) -- New gambling machines expected to raise big bucks for Texas horse and greyhound tracks technically become legal this week. Even with a tentative go-ahead from...

9/22/2014

article Lawmaker Loses Bid to Block Betting Terminals
(Texas) -- A Texas legislator has no standing to sue to stop the introduction of "historical racing" betting terminals at horse racetracks in the state, a...

9/19/2014

article OP/ED: Gambling in Texas on racing replays is far from the finish line
(Texas) -- If it looks like a slot machine, and works like a slot machine, it’s a slot machine. It’s not a horse race, state District Judge David L. Evans...

9/18/2014

article Lone Star Park quarter horse meet to begin; horsemen cheer prospect of future aided by machines
(Texas) -- While a bright beacon is illuminating the distant future for Texas horsemen who have been stuck in the dark so long, the short-term outlook for Lone Star Park...
article ‘Historical racing’ lawsuit dismissed
(Texas) -- A Fort Worth judge late Thursday dismissed a state lawmaker’s challenge of a plan to allow historical racing machines at dog and horse racetracks...

9/12/2014

article Controversial historical racing has day in court
(Texas) -- The Texas Racing Commission had no right to pass rules last month allowing the controversial practice of historical racing at dog and horse racetracks...

9/2/2014

article Legal Fight Looms Over Texas Racing Machines [sub req'd]
(Texas) -- Texas regulators are moving forward with allowing instant racing machines at the state’s struggling racetracks, despite vehement objections from Texas...

8/29/2014

article After state OK, La Marque’s Gulf Greyhound Park ready for ‘historical racing’ terminals
(Texas) -- State regulators have approved an effort by racetrack owners to expand gambling to include racing terminals that look similar to slot machines. Those...
article State officials approve historical racing in Texas
(Texas) -- State officials on Friday approved a plan to allow historical racing at dog and horse racetracks statewide, despite pending legal action. Commissioners on a 7...
article Texas moves step closer to Instant Racing approval
(Texas) -- An amendment providing for historical racing at Texas tracks passed on a 7-1 vote, with one abstention, during a Friday meeting of the Texas Racing Commission...
article Texas Racing Commission approves new form of betting at tracks
(Texas) -- The Texas Racing Commission voted Friday to allow a new form of betting at the state’s horse and dog tracks. The commission approved a concept called...
article ‘Historical racing’ approved, but legal fight continues
(Texas) -- With its approval Friday of a new form of betting, the Texas Racing Commission defied conservative state lawmakers, set the stage for a lengthy legal battle...

8/28/2014

article Lawsuit filed to stop vote on historical racing in Texas
(Texas) -- State Rep. Matt Krause went to court Thursday to prevent state racing officials from potentially approving a controversial plan to allow historical racing at...

8/27/2014

article Gambling on History / Stockyards supporters fear that a new zoning scheme could open the door to casinos
(Texas) -- The man with the big cowboy hat who manages Leddy’s boot store in the Stockyards presents a sharp figure. Mark Dunlap’s clothes are starched and...

8/18/2014

article Gambling, Politics Make Strange Bedfellows In Texas [sub req'd]
(Texas) -- Texas remains a mirage in the desert for the casino industry and odd political alliances forged by this year’s governor’s race are likely to make...

8/13/2014

article Change is coming to Texas bingo halls
(Texas) -- Bingo in Texas is about to get a digital supercharge. The Texas Lottery Commission gave the green light Tuesday to upgrading so-called card minders, small...

8/10/2014

article LETTER: Support of casino owners for Abbott may not be clear
(Texas) -- Re: “Support from casino owners,” by Jim Wells, Thursday Letters. I am not uneducated, ill-informed or addicted. I do enjoy a good poker game,...

8/6/2014

article Texas Panel Delays Action on Instant Racing
(Texas) -- The Texas Racing Commission has indicated it won't address historical race wagering at its Aug. 12 meeting because it needs more time to study it.

8/5/2014

article Decision delayed on allowing slot-machine like devices in Texas
(Texas) -- Texas officials aren’t ready to take up the issue of historical racing — and perhaps they never will. Texas racing commissioners said Tuesday that...
article Texas Bingo Officials Consider Some Changes
(Texas) -- The Texas Lottery Commission is considering whether to allow electronic card machine software to speed up the gaming process.
article Judge denies challenge to county game room regulations
(Texas) -- United States District Judge David Hittner upheld Harris County’s game room regulations in an order signed today. The Offices of Harris County Attorney...

8/4/2014

article Is Texas ready to upgrade bingo technology?
(Texas) -- Bingo halls could soon be allowed to pick up the pace of play for their games — a move that could make it easier for people to spend more, which in turn...
article Texas Lottery Commission hears opposing views on technology to make bingo games start quickly
(Texas) -- Bingo players in Texas could soon be able to skip the lines and buy games electronically. Texas bingo officials are considering permitting electronic card...

8/2/2014

article Plan to bring more technology to bingo on table in Texas
(Texas) -- Some say it’s time to bring Texas’ bingo halls into the 21st century. That’s why bingo advocates are asking state officials to allow an...

7/30/2014

article Texas bingo operators win suit to lobby lawmakers
(Texas) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that charitable bingo operators can use proceeds from their games to lobby Texas lawmakers on a variety of issues, including...

7/29/2014

article Texas bingo operators win suit to lobby lawmakers
(Texas) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that charitable bingo operators can use proceeds from their games to lobby Texas lawmakers on a variety of issues, including...

7/28/2014

article GOP State Senate Nominees Speak Out Against Historical Racing
(Texas) -- Five Republican nominees for seats in the Texas Senate voiced opposition Monday to a proposal that would allow a controversial new form of betting on horse...
article Debate: Losing the Lottery?
(Texas) -- Texas legislators are taking a closer look at the Texas lottery including the effects of eliminating the state lottery altogether. House Speaker Joe Straus...
article Texas Lottery Faces Uncertain Future As Legislature Plans Review
(Texas) -- After a bill to reauthorize the Texas Lottery drew intense debate in the state’s last legislative session, a new legislative committee is being formed...

7/26/2014

article EDITORIAL: Let lawmakers decide legality of 'historical racing'
(Texas) -- We'll give Texas race track owners credit for trying an innovative way to boost gaming revenues. But we'll give more credit to the chairman of the...

7/25/2014

article Committee to look at abolishing state lottery
(Texas) -- Scratching-off the Texas Lottery for good. Discussions are moving forward to kill it. Texas House Speaker Joe Straus established a legislative committee...

7/24/2014

article Lawmaker seeks attorney general’s opinion on instant racing
(Texas) -- A state representative from Northeast Texas has asked Attorney General Greg Abbott whether the Texas Racing Commission has authority to authorize “...

7/23/2014

article Texas lawmaker wants legal ruling on slot-machine like devices
(Texas) -- A controversial proposal to allow “historical racing” — the replaying of already-run races on slot machine-like devices — in...

7/21/2014

article Texas Tidbits: State asks for input on 'Instant racing'
(Texas) -- Texans have until July 27 to express their views about a proposal to allow slot-machine-style instant racing—also called “historic racing”...

7/18/2014

article Texas Tracks Seek Instant Racing Terminals
(Texas) -- Casino-style gambling or the survival of Texas horse racing? The state's Racing Commission could decide next month on a controversial proposal to allow...

6/26/2014

article From the Ground Up - Commission Seeks to Bolster Texas Horse Racing
(Texas) -- In 1987, Texas voters approved a referendum legalizing pari-mutuel betting, and once tracks were built the Texas race horse industry really took off. It didn...

6/21/2014

article Right or Wrong? Gambling
(Texas) -- A tsunami of gambling has inundated America. The projected cultural effects are dire. What can Christians do about it? Recognizing gambling is a problem may...

6/13/2014

article Racing Commission Vote Opens Way for Historical Racing
(Texas) -- The Saddle Brook Jockey Club has new life. The Texas Racing Commission (TRC) voted on two big issues this week that could help the state's only off-site...

6/10/2014

article Will 'Historical Betting' Save the Texas Horse Racing Industry?
(Texas) -- Operators of the state's pari-mutuel horse tracks, stretched by the dwindling popularity of horse racing and the fact that horse tracks in neighboring...

6/8/2014

article New way of betting could boost Texas horse racing, but is it legal?
(Texas) -- Racetrack owners in Texas are looking to inject new life into their struggling industry by turning to a controversial way of gambling that trades live horses...

5/16/2014

article Court: American Legion may press gambling lawsuit
(Texas) -- A state appeals court ruled Friday that an American Legion post may continue with a lawsuit alleging that state regulators improperly raided its South Austin...

5/14/2014

article Texas Sees 'Growing Pressure' For Casino Gambling
(Texas) -- According to a report from ktrh.com, there has been “growing pressure” on Texas lawmakers to authorize casino gambling. For years, the state has...

5/13/2014

article Interim leader tabbed for Texas bingo
(Texas) -- Texas lottery commissioners have named an acting director of the state’s charitable bingo operations and agreed to move forward with a plan to help...
article Will Texas Bet On Casino Gambling?
(Texas) -- The Texas Legislature doesn't meet this year, but that hasn't stopped the growing pressure on state lawmakers for legalized casino gambling in Texas.

4/26/2014

article Gambling has changed the lives of the Kickapoos
(Texas) -- The only Texas tribe with a legal casino, the Kickapoos, have recently expanded their gambling operations and have built the six-story Lucky Eagle Casino and...

4/16/2014

article Faced with conservative opposition, lottery commission delays bingo vote
(Texas) -- The Texas Lottery Commission delayed a vote Wednesday that could have allowed bingo hall operators in Texas to include a video component in their games.
article Texas Lottery Commission delays decision on expanding bingo rules
(Texas) -- State lottery officials on Wednesday delayed voting on a proposal to let bingo halls in Texas use certain electronic devices that some fear would expand...

4/15/2014

article Anti Gambling Groups Say Texas Is Attempting to Approve Slot Machines
(Texas) -- Is the Texas Lottery Commission attempting to make an end around and legalize slot machines in Texas, even though the Legislature has repeatedly rejected the...
article Proposal would allow slot-machine-like devices in Texas bingo halls
(Texas) -- A proposal to let bingo halls in Texas use electronic devices similar to slot machines is drawing fire from opponents who say it will expand gambling.

4/13/2014

article Texas agency to weigh slotlike devices at bingo halls
(Texas) -- The Texas Lottery Commission is set to consider this week letting bingo halls in the state use electronic devices similar to slot machines.

4/12/2014

article Proposal would allow slot-machine-like devices in Texas bingo halls
(Texas) -- A proposal to let bingo halls in Texas use electronic devices similar to slot machines is drawing fire from opponents who say it will expand gambling.

3/22/2014

article Push on for legalization of casino gaming
(Texas) -- The Texas horse racing industry is in trouble, and some are arguing legalized gambling can save it. The downturn is a direct result of competition from other...

3/18/2014

article Push on for legalization of casino gaming
(Texas) -- The Texas horse racing industry is in trouble, and some are arguing legalized gambling can save it. The downturn is a direct result of competition from other...

3/17/2014

article Push on for legalization of casino gaming
(Texas) -- The Texas horse racing industry is in trouble, and some are arguing legalized gambling can save it. The downturn is a direct result of competition from other...

2/16/2014

article $120,000 Mine That Bird Derby lures 10 on Saturday; Mine That Bird leads post parade
(Texas) -- The 14th running of the $120,000 Mine That Bird Derby on Saturday at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino has lured a terrific field of 10 going one mile and one...

2/14/2014

article Wendy Davis: Texans should get to decide on casino gambling
(Texas) -- Texans should get to decide whether casino gambling is legalized in the state, and she favors giving them that opportunity if she’s elected governor,...

2/11/2014

article Lawmaker questions constitutionality of new Texas Lottery game
(Texas) -- A lawmaker is asking the attorney general to determine whether a new proposed lottery game would be legal under the state constitution.

2/8/2014

article It's Debatable: Should Texas roll dice on casinos?
(Texas) -- This week, Arnold Loewy and Dustin Burrows debate the possibility of casino gambling being legalized in Texas. Dustin is a Lubbock attorney and Arnold is the...

2/1/2014

article County attorney wins restraining order against Airline Drive game room
(Texas) -- Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has won a restraining order against an Airline Drive game room ordering it to stop gambling and organized criminal activity...

1/29/2014

article Abbott opposes casinos, but makes Super Bowl offer
(Texas) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott opposes casinos. But the longtime Texas attorney general still has a Super Bowl wager for supporters.

1/7/2014

article BLOG: Stockman campaign flouts the Federal Election Commission
(Texas) -- Obama barf bags? Guns lubricated with liberal tears? While Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, has solidified his reputation as a political provocateur time and...

1/4/2014

article Stockman Enters Legal Gray Area With Bitcoin Donations
(Texas) -- U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, a Friendswood Republican with a history of flouting campaign finance laws, entered a new legal gray area this week when he announced...

12/30/2013

article Texas Tribe Willing to Forgo $270.6M From Congress for a Casino
(Texas) -- Despite a 2003 federal court recommendation that Congress pay the Alabama-Coushatta Indians $270.6 million in compensation for oil and gas production, timber...

12/28/2013

article FEC looking into donations to Tea party candidate Steve Stockman
(Texas) -- The Federal Election Commission is looking into campaign donations made to Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat in 2014.

12/27/2013

article Feds question donations to Stockman
(Texas) -- The Federal Election Commission has questioned four donations U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman received after he introduced a bill that would allow an American Indian...

12/25/2013

article FEC questions 'excessive' donations to Stockman
(Texas) -- The Federal Election Commission has questioned four donations U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman received after he introduced a bill that would allow an American Indian...
article Stockman faces questions over donations from Indian casino backers
(Texas) -- The campaign of U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, a Clear Lake Republican now making a U.S. Senate bid, again has been questioned by the Federal Election Commission...

12/24/2013

article East Texas tribe wants to trade $270.6 million land claim for a casino
(Texas) -- When a federal court recommended that Congress pay the Alabama-Coushatta Indians $270.6 million in damages, members of the East Texas tribe thought their...

11/27/2013

article Viewer Poll - Should casino gambling be legal in Texas?
(Texas) -- Casino gambling is illegal in Texas, but the idea surrounding it has people split. Tonight on the News at 10 on NewsChannel 10, we will take a look into the...

11/13/2013

article Former state senator Montford pushes for legalized Texas gambling
(Texas) -- Should casino-style gambling be legally established in Texas? John Montford wants citizens to decide. Montford, a former state senator, Texas Tech chancellor...

5/30/2013

article No Casinos Yet But Texas Gambling Lobbyists Claim Progress [sub req'd]
(Texas) -- Texas will remain off limits to casino entrepreneurs for at least another year, but gambling lobbyists in the state capital of Austin are confident they made...

5/19/2013

article LETTER: Implement lottery in lieu of taxes
(Texas) -- Do you think it is time for a lottery in this state? The mining industry says no to taxes. Companies will eliminate jobs if we dare to raise taxes on all the...

5/16/2013

article Future of casino gambling in Texas faces hard odds this session
(Texas) -- Hindered by ethical and religious objections to gambling and a healthy state bank account that gives little impetus to look for additional revenue streams,...

5/15/2013

article KENT: Does Texas need to allow casinos to be built?
(Texas) -- In a completely unscientific, totally non-binding online poll, local readers made it known that they are ready for casinos to open their doors in Texas. This...

4/29/2013

article Eight-liner bill gets support from state committee
(Texas) -- The Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs on Monday endorsed a bill that would require eight-liner owners to become licensed by the state comptroller and...

4/28/2013

article Texas House gets caught up in vote over state lottery
(Texas) -- Highlights from the action in the Texas Capitol last week. To read them as they happen, go to elpasotimes.typepad.com/capitol.

4/27/2013

article Gambling supporters might be out of luck this legislative session
(Texas) -- The latest push to expand gambling in Texas and bring a casino to Tarrant County appears headed toward defeat in the Legislature as most proponents concede...

4/25/2013

article Legislature continues state lottery to provide funding for Texas schools
(Texas) -- After a near-death experience in the House on Tuesday, the Texas Lottery Commission is still on life support. The House voted 88-54 Wednesday to continue the...
article Rollercoaster Ride For The Texas Lottery Commission
(Texas) -- House Bill 2197, which is authored by Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, was set to continue the funding for the Texas Lottery Commission for the next 12 years.
article Opinion: If the lottery is in trouble, so is Texas
(Texas) -- The initial House vote Tuesday to abolish the Texas lottery was: (A) a righteous moral stand against taking advantage of poor people, (B) a symbolic way to...

4/24/2013

article Casino gambling in Texas faces long odds this session
(Texas) -- Hindered by ethical and religious objections to gambling and a healthy state bank account that gives little impetus to look for additional revenue streams, a...
article Editorial: House rules for anti-gamblers
(Texas) -- When it comes to gambling, there are few sure things, but the Texas Legislature may have found a winner. Not to read too much into the legislative tea leaves...
article Opinion: Gambling casinos in Texas? Let the voters make their own decision
(Texas) -- The proposal to bring gambling to Texas brings to mind many pros and cons about having casinos accessible to residents of the Lone Star State.

4/23/2013

article Texas House Eliminates the Lottery and Bingo in Texas
(Texas) -- UPDATE: In one of the biggest, "oops, never mind" moments of the session, the House moved to reconsider the vote for HB 2197. The vote to reconsider...
article Texas Lottery survives close call in Texas House
(Texas) -- Lawmakers in the Texas House cheered the passage of a bill early Tuesday evening saving the Texas Lottery from demise. The vote came after initial confusion,...
article Texas Senators gamble law change
(Texas) -- While lawmakers may not pass legislation to help legalize casino gambling in Texas this legislative session, senators proposed a resolution for a...
article Editorial: Government has its day
(Texas) -- If any of the 60 or so high school students that invaded the Santa Fe Building Monday were hoping to run across a convicted lawbreaker, they went home...

4/22/2013

article Texas Senators gamble law change
(Texas) -- While lawmakers may not pass legislation to help legalize casino gambling in Texas this legislative session, senators proposed a resolution for a...

4/19/2013

article Political cop-out: Legislative committee won't even vote on gambling bill
(Texas) -- Here's an example of a common citizen belief that politicians too often worry more about being re-elected than weighing in on a controversial issue.
article Texas gaming expansion could be worth $11.8 billion per year, study says
(Texas) -- A study by the Texas Association of Business said expanded gaming could be worth $11.8 billion in annual economic activity to the Lone Star State.

4/18/2013

article Study shows gaming could have $11.8 billion impact in Texas
(Texas) -- Expanding gaming in Texas would have an immense impact on the economy, totaling $11.8 billion in annual economic activity from a limited number of casinos,...

4/17/2013

article Gambling battle in Texas
(Texas) -- The political battle over gambling is once again being fought here in Texas. There has been a bill going through the Texas legislature that would allow Texans...
article Little Chance of Texas Gambling Bill Says Senator
(Texas) -- The chances of seeing any progress in gambling legislation in the Lone Star State in the near future are slim, according to Senator John Carona, R-Dallas.

4/16/2013

article Gambling chances 'slim' this session, senator says
(Texas) -- The odds of passing a casino gambling bill this session grew longer Tuesday, when an influential senator decided not to move his legislation out of committee.

4/15/2013

article Column: Politicians should let casinos ride
(Texas) -- As casino and racetrack supporters made their case Wednesday, the odds of bringing casinos in Texas seemed to lengthen as state Republicans reaffirmed their...

4/13/2013

article Rangel: Legalized gambling not a black-and-white issue
(Texas) -- As they have done in previous sessions, supporters of legislation that would allow some Las Vegas-type of casinos and other limited gambling in Texas make...

4/12/2013

article Lawmakers looking to make casino style gambling legal in Texas
(Texas) -- Gamblers rejoice! The state senate is making a push to legalize casino style gambling by calling for a constitutional amendment which would mean turning the...

4/11/2013

article Testimony expected on casinos in Texas
(Texas) -- Casino and racetrack supporters made their case Wednesday for allowing Texans to vote on a constitutional amendment to expand gambling, promising billions in...
article Agenda Texas: Another Run at Gambling
(Texas) -- As Yogi Berra would say, it's dj vu all over again in the Legislature for supporters of casino gambling in Texas. For the 27th session in a row (...
article Carona: Let’s up the ante on legalized gambling and vote
(Texas) -- A recent report in the Dallas Morning News noted that Oklahoma is now the third largest generator of gaming revenue, behind Nevada and California.
article Colorful dreams of casinos unfold in hearing — despite long odds in Texas Legislature
(Texas) -- Big, glittering dreams of a world-class horse industry in Texas and the finest casino resorts the nation has ever seen danced over an otherwise dreary hearing...
article Gambling bill might have better luck in a special session
(Texas) -- A powerful state senator is poised to move contentious gambling expansion legislation further than it has gone in years, but he admitted Wednesday that its...
article State lawmakers consider proposal to allow casino gambling in Texas
(Texas) -- On this day at Sam Houston Race Park, the action wasn’t on the track but on the television monitors inside. Some lawmakers were “wagering”...
article Texas senators, casino reps talk possibilities
(Texas) -- Those attending a Wednesday committee hearing on a proposal to expand gambling in Texas were treated to a whirlwind tour around the globe during debate of the...
article TX lawmaker proposes to legalize casino gambling
(Texas) -- A Texas lawmaker is pushing to pass a bill that would legalize casino gambling in the state. If it passes, 21 casinos would be opened in Texas along with the...

4/10/2013

article Gambling bill might have better luck in a special session
(Texas) -- A powerful state senator is poised to move contentious gambling expansion legislation further than it has gone in years, but he admitted Wednesday that its...
article Legislature hearing focuses on possible state vote on resort casinos, slot machines
(Texas) -- Lawmakers held their first hearing on a piece of legislation that would push for a statewide vote on resort casinos and slot machines in Texas.
article Texas senators, casino reps talk possibilities
(Texas) -- Those attending a Wednesday committee hearing on a proposal to expand gambling in Texas were treated to a whirlwind tour around the globe during debate of the...
article Gaming interests back measure for expansion
(Texas) -- Casino owners, racetrack boosters and local leaders lined up Wednesday to support the latest effort to expand gambling in Texas and to bash surrounding states...
article Senators Talk, Without Voting, About Casinos in Texas
(Texas) -- A proposed constitutional amendment to legalize casino gaming might see substantial changes before the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce votes on it.
article State Senate bill would allow vote on gambling
(Texas) -- Saying Texans spend nearly $3 billion a year betting in neighboring states, a senior state senator outlined a bill that would allow state voters to decide...
article Testimony expected on casinos in Texas
(Texas) -- Casino and racetrack supporters made their case Wednesday for allowing Texans to vote on a constitutional amendment to expand gambling, promising billions in...

4/9/2013

article Analyst sees little enthusiasm for Texas casino push
(Texas) -- A new push for gaming expansion in Texas drew muted commentary from analysts Tuesday. They have been down this road before.
article PRO/CON VIEW: Should Texas have a statewide referendum on casino gambling?
(Texas) -- OUR VIEW: Let the people be heard: It's one thing to oppose to the concept of casino gambling in Texas, as many people do. But it's another thing to...
article Senator presents bill allowing casino gambling in Texas
(Texas) -- A lawmaker in Texas is seeking to allow legalized gambling in the State of Texas. The bill, proposed by Sen. John Carona (R-Dallas) would open up 21 casinos...
article Speaking Rock: New bid to reopen casino
(Texas) -- It appears there is more bipartisan support than ever, and a way around a possible governor's veto, for the reopening of old and new casinos in Texas....

4/8/2013

article Bill betting on voters to take a gamble
(Texas) -- Business and state leaders say voters should decide whether to allow casinos in Texas, touting job creation and a new source of revenue. Opponents aren't...
article Plan revives state casino gambling push / Proposal would allow Texans to vote
(Texas) -- Lawmakers and business associations are betting that Texans will call for more gambling in their own state rather than spend billions in neighboring states.
article Texas gaming bill would OK casino for Tiguas
(Texas) -- A gambling bill unveiled Monday would give El Paso's Tigua tribe the right to open a casino. The Tiguas are one of three Indian tribes who would be able...
article Carona Sets the Stage for Hearing on Gambling Measure
(Texas) -- Lawmakers may not pass legislation this session that could help legalize casino gambling in Texas, but they are “inching closer and closer to that day,...
article Gambling in the Lone Star state?
(Texas) -- Saying Texans spend nearly $3 billion a year betting in neighboring states, a senior state senator on Monday outlined a bill that would allow state voters to...
article Referendum on casinos in Texas gets boost
(Texas) -- A proposed constitutional referendum to allow casino gambling in Texas got a boost Monday when a Dallas-area senator announced that interest groups had united...
article State senator says Texas casino bill has chance of passing
(Texas) -- The chief architect of legislation to expand gambling in Texas said Monday that proponents are "inching closer" to winning approval of a proposed...

4/6/2013

article The 'traditionals' are ceding the moral high ground
(Texas) -- Martin Luther disapproved of gambling, but not because of the damage it might do to the poorer classes who wagered away their wages.

4/5/2013

article Editorial: Righting a wrong
(Texas) -- Over several decades, the Alabama Coushatta Tribe of East Texas has walked its own version of the Trail of Tears. Ironically, one of the tribe's great...
article Gambling Expansion Debated in Texas
(Texas) -- The Houston Press notes that two bills have been filed in the Texas Legislature that would expand opportunities for Texans to legally gamble. Both pieces of...

4/4/2013

article OP/ED: A Vote against Texas Gambling
(Texas) -- If you ever debate marijuana policy, you will hear this sentence: “We ought to legalize it and tax it!” Whenever I hear that sentiment, I always...

4/3/2013

article Doubling Down: Texas and Casino Gambling
(Texas) -- Kyle Williams remembers when Texans knew his nation. Standing along one of the few paved roads slicing the Alabama-Coushatta reservation, 90 minutes northeast...

4/1/2013

article PRO/CON VIEW: Should Congress let the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe operate a casino?
(Texas) -- Texans can sympathize with the economic plight of the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Tribe. The tribe has always struggled financially, and the last few years have...

3/30/2013

article Tribe to U.S.: Forget the payment, let us open casino
(Texas) -- For decades the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe fought hard to make the federal government acknowledge that it illegally developed more than 5 million acres of the...
article Texans try their luck again on poker laws
(Texas) -- Poker just might become a whole new game in Texas. As state lawmakers work on issues ranging from balancing the budget to banning texting while driving, they...

3/28/2013

article The legacy of Texas' lone legal casino
(Texas) -- While state lawmakers have squabbled over gambling in Texas for decades, a small casino operation has quietly popped up along the Mexican border, helping a...

3/25/2013

article Will Texas Take a Chance on Gambling?
(Texas) -- After many years of back and forth debate over the issue, Texas may finally have a gambling bill which offers a substantive plan for legalizing gambling which...

3/22/2013

article Points worth noting: Another casino push in the Legislature
(Texas) -- This year's legislative push to legalize casino gambling in Texas is dead. Or maybe it's very much alive. Or maybe it's somewhere in between.
article Social Conservatives Vow to Fight Gambling Expansion
(Texas) -- Efforts to expand legalized gambling in Texas got new life this week. Senator John Carona was permitted to submit after the filing deadline a proposed...

3/21/2013

article Competition Between Casinos And Tracks Stymies Texas Gambling Expansion [sub. req'd]
(Texas) -- The perpetual competition between casino advocates and horseracing interests in Texas may again sabotage gambling expansion legislation this year.
article Senator boosts gambling hopes with late bill
(Texas) -- A lot of people wouldn’t have bet on passing gambling during the current legislative session, but then state Sen. John Carona came along with a late and...

3/19/2013

article Alabama-Coushatta Tribe seeks restoration of gaming rights
(Texas) -- The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas wants Congress to restore its gaming rights. The tribe was restored to federal recognition in 1987. A provision in the...

3/18/2013

article Alabama-Coushatta Indian tribe renews its push for rights to run casino
(Texas) -- An East Texas Indian tribe that has spent a decade pushing for gambling rights has renewed its effort, picking up a big-name supporter along the way.

3/16/2013

article Casino lobby dialing back legislative agenda
(Texas) -- A group promoting legislation to legalize casino gambling is dialing down its ambitions for this session of the Texas Legislature. Let Texans Decide had cast...
article Casino Lobby Dialing Back Legislative Agenda
(Texas) -- A group promoting legislation to legalize casino gambling as dialing down its ambitions for this session of the Texas Legislature. The Austin American-...

3/15/2013

article Texas pro-gambling group switches strategy
(Texas) -- One of the groups that had been pushing for full casino gambling changed its strategy late in the game and is now asking lawmakers to approve a simpler...

3/14/2013

article Texas online poker amendment introduced
(Texas) -- Texas state legislators introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday to authorize online poker if regulated by federal law. If approved, the proposal...

3/11/2013

article Texans Could Soon Vote on Casino Gambling
(Texas) -- Voters could soon have the right to decide whether casino gambling in Texas becomes legal. Local State Representative Jose Menendez introduced a resolution to...

3/5/2013

article Racetrack VLT Legislation Introduced in Texas
(Texas) -- A Texas lawmaker has introduced legislation that would authorize a constitutional amendment on video lottery terminals at racetracks and at tribal facilities.
article Online gambling could cause tax, legal problems
(Texas) -- The old adage, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” will no longer apply in the digital age after Nevada governor Brian Sandoval legalized...

3/2/2013

article Polling Center: Playing the Numbers on Gaming in Texas
(Texas) -- Like some kind of biennial flower -- or bad penny, depending on your point of view -- the discussion of expanding gambling in Texas has popped up at the edges...

2/24/2013

article Session In-Depth: Gambling sparks fly
(Texas) -- With a KXAN poll this week showing that three out of four Texans wanting an opportunity to vote whether to legalize in-state casino gambling, one vocal...

2/21/2013

article Poll: Texans support legal in-state casinos
(Texas) -- Through a thick morning fog, the headlights of dozens of parked cars begin clicking off in a matter of minutes.

2/18/2013

article Pro/Con: Should Texas cash in on gambling?
(Texas) -- Gaming is nothing new to Texans. Throughout the state, bingo halls are scattered on a legal, local-option basis.
article Signs point to poker regulation interest, but it is Texas after all
(Texas) -- The history and reality of Texas politics should lead a person to believe the recently introduced “Poker Gaming Act of 2013” by Austin state...

2/16/2013

article Houston State Sen. Rodney Ellis introduces bill to expand Texas' gambling laws
(Texas) -- There's a new push to bring casino gambling to Texas. The bill, which was introduced by a Houston lawmaker, would expand current gambling laws. But some...

2/13/2013

article Texans Want to Vote on Legalized Gambling
(Texas) -- An overwhelming majority of Texans believe legalized gambling should be put to a vote. A new poll shows 82% of registered voters in the state support putting...

2/8/2013

article Casino Gambling Proponents Bet on 2013 Session
(Texas) -- People who want Texas to open its doors to legalized casino gambling are pinning their hopes on the 2013 state legislative session. Several bills have been...

2/7/2013

article Texas Bill Would Permit Casinos on Reservations
(Texas) -- Billions of gaming dollars leave Texas every year, boosting the economies of Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico. “Texas is hemorrhaging money in the...

2/6/2013

article Groups Bank on United Front in Gambling Push
(Texas) -- Despite persistent political resistance inside and outside the Legislature, the push to expand gambling options in the state is back on this legislative...

2/5/2013

article Editorial: Texas casino advocates have work to do
(Texas) -- The Legislature is in session, so it's time for supporters of casino gambling in Texas to make their biennial push for validation and approval.

2/4/2013

article Texas considering legalized slots and casino gambling?
(Texas) -- In north Texas, many residents have a weekly commute-style ritual, and Nona Dean is one of them. But it's not work-related. She and her husband leave...

2/3/2013

article Will Texas ever cash in on casino gambling?
(Texas) -- Nona Dean has a weekly ritual. She and her husband leave their Denton home, cross the Red River and head to WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma, ready to take...
article LETTER: I like casino gambling, but not so much in Texas
(Texas) -- With the Legislature in session, the question of legalizing casino gambling returned like clockwork. With the lottery, bingo and betting on the horses and...

1/31/2013

article Local authorities don't expect gambling proposals to succeed
(Texas) -- The gambling issue is back on the agenda in the Texas State Legislature. Several gambling related bills have been filed, including one that proposes a...

1/22/2013

article Texas gambling forces rein in spending, wait for a better hand
(Texas) -- The perennial push to expand gambling in Texas is back on this year, but proponents have tipped their hand by putting less lobbying money in the game.

1/21/2013

article Texas gambling forces rein in spending, wait for a better hand
(Texas) -- The perennial push to expand gambling in Texas is back on this year, but proponents have tipped their hand by putting less lobbying money in the game.

1/18/2013

article North San Antonio Chamber among groups calling for vote on casino gaming in Texas
(Texas) -- Texas has debated the possibility of allowing casino-style gaming for years. Now, chambers of commerce across the state want in on the discussion.

1/16/2013

article COLUMN: Texans deserve a vote and healthy debate on casino gambling
(Texas) -- Normally I don’t like to quibble with letters to the editor. That’s where readers get their say, and I’m all for it. But on the other hand,...
article Group pushes for public vote on Texas casinos
(Texas) -- A group of Texans are trying to get better odds on expanding gambling south of the Red River.

1/9/2013

article TEXAS VIEW: Let Texans weigh risk on casinos
(Texas) -- A casino billboard once sought to draw travelers from a typically scrubby stretch of New Mexico highway with the gambler’s siren song: “It’s...

1/7/2013

article BLOG: Casino gambling in Texas? Nah, thanks to Tea Party!
(Texas) -- It’s the perfect place for casino gambling. It already has the cheesy name. ‘Pleasure Island’. It’s just waiting on the Texas...

1/6/2013

article All Points: Is casino gambling a vice that Texans should avoid?
(Texas) -- To launch its new All Points feature for Monday's Opinion page, the Editorial Board asked Star-Telegram readers to step back from the usual arguments...
article New Texas Poker Bill on the Tables
(Texas) -- A new bill has been submitted in the state of Texas that will regulate the game of poker in bricks and mortar casinos and poker rooms, but will ban all forms...
article STUTZ: Lone Star State gaming expansion faces Texas-size hurdle
(Texas) -- Texas lawmakers will again take up the issue of gaming expansion during the state's biannual legislative session that begins next week.

1/2/2013

article Texas to consider new poker bill
(Texas) -- Texas is set to become the latest US state to consider the regulation of poker within its borders. Proposed legislation sponsored by Democrat state senator...

1/1/2013

article Texas Poker Gaming Act of 2013 Introduced in State Legislature
(Texas) -- Texas state legislatures will have a new poker bill to consider in 2013, after a measure called the “Texas Poker Gaming Act of 2013” was...

12/28/2012

article Big push ahead for Texas gambling
(Texas) -- The 83rd Legislature, about to convene in January, may see its biggest push yet to expand gambling in Texas. There has been a lottery and wagering on dogs and...
article Group to propose gambling bill to boost horse industry
(Texas) -- A group with supporters here in the panhandle plans to propose a bill in January that would boost the horse industry, but critics say if it passed it could...
article Texas gambling supporters ready despite long odds
(Texas) -- Supporters of casinos and expanded gambling in Texas say they're more united before the upcoming legislative session, but their proposals will still face...

12/26/2012

article Texas gambling supporters ready despite long odds
(Texas) -- Those who want to expand gambling in Texas say they're more united than they have been with the next legislative session set to begin next month, but they...

12/25/2012

article State bill to increase prizes for slot machines businesses will be presented
(Texas) -- For the third consecutive legislative session, state Rep. Richard P. Raymond will propose a law to regularize the activity of slot machines and will raise the...
article Unity aids Texas gambling proponents, but improved budget outlook could hurt them
(Texas) -- The odds always appear long for passing bills to expand gambling in Texas, but every two years, unrelenting proponents hope for a lucky break.

12/23/2012

article Push for gambling expansion faces long odds
(Texas) -- A fresh push to bring casinos to Texas faces long odds, but backers say lawmakers shouldn’t ignore the potential economic impact of keeping gambling...

11/28/2012

article Casino supporters say lottery popularity reason to revisit gambling guidelines
(Texas) -- With Powerball sales surging to $15.5 million in Texas Wednesday, gambling proponents are hoping the state legislature will reconsider allowing casinos.

11/22/2012

article Old gambling bill earns new foe
(Texas) -- The first bill proposing the limited legalization of casino games, video slot machines and video lottery machines already has been filed more than six weeks...

11/21/2012

article Deadline to register slot machines is near
(Texas) -- The deadline gets closer for all slot machine businesses to register with the county. Those establishments that do not comply by Dec. 31 will be closed.

11/20/2012

article Group pushes for legalized gambling in the state
(Texas) -- A growing coalition of chambers of commerce, business professionals and state leaders are trying to expand gambling in Texas.
article Houston lawmaker leads push for casino gambling in Texas
(Texas) -- By the bus load, day after day, Texans looking to make a wager haul their hard earned cash across state lines. Moments before boarding a Louisiana-bound...

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