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11/27/2016

article Dogs are racing again in Texas, but for what?
(Texas) -- Greyhound racing’s return to Texas over the weekend didn’t happen because anyone wanted it, but rather because certain special interests needed it.

10/26/2016

article Gambling parlors flourishing in South Texas
(Texas) -- Last year an inmate riot forced the closure of a large federal prison, and this spring the Walmart also left town, together erasing hundreds of jobs. The...

10/14/2016

article Texas Says Tribe Can't Avoid Casino Inspection
(Texas) -- The state of Texas on Thursday continued to urge a federal court to force the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo tribe to submit to an inspection of its gambling facility...

5/22/2016

article Attorney adds bus driver, casino to fatal rollover lawsuit
(Texas) -- Five survivors of the fatal bus rollover May 14 are expanding their lawsuit to include the Eagle Pass casino and the bus coordinator. The original lawsuit...

4/29/2016

article Our opinion: Game rooms back in the news - can we solve this problem?
(Texas) -- It's fair to ask — why are we having problems again with game rooms? Letters have been sent to nine Abilene game room locations, ordering them to...

3/17/2016

article Sam Houston Race Park Up and Running After a Closing Scare
(Texas) -- The nearly two years of lawsuits, restraining orders, bad blood and smack talk is over (for now), and horse-racing enthusiasts are pumped (for now).

2/29/2016

article Bingo becomes increasingly tough gamble for Texas charities
(Texas) -- The Texas Lottery Commission is stepping up its efforts to yank the licenses of bingo operators that don't make money for their charities. So far, fewer...

2/25/2016

article Texas agency funded days after historical racing rules repealed
(Texas) -- One week after state racing officials repealed controversial rules allowing historical racing — a controversial new way to gamble at horse tracks...
article Texas Racing Commission Funding Restored
(Texas) -- The Texas Racing Commission's decision to repeal rules it adopted previously to implement historical racing was rewarded Feb. 25 with a total restoration...
article Texas Racing Commission gets funding needed to operate through 2017
(Texas) -- The threat that state legislators might shut down the Texas Racing Commission is finally over. An agency spokesman said Thursday afternoon that the commission...

2/22/2016

article EDITORIAL: Racing Commission right to ban gaming
(Texas) -- The Texas Racing Commission did the right thing, and we want to acknowledge that. Last week, the Commission repealed rules that would have allowed a strange...
article Racing commission: No ‘historical racing’ gambling
(Texas) -- A vote Thursday by the Texas Racing Commission delivered a blow to the state’s horse and dog racing industries. In 5-4 vote, the commission repealed a...

2/18/2016

article Historical racing rules repealed in Texas
(Texas) -- State officials pulled the plug Thursday on historical racing — a controversial new way to gamble at horse tracks — before it ever began. Texas...
article Texas Racing Commission repeals historical racing rules
(Texas) -- The Texas Racing Commission on Thursday voted to repeal the rules for historical racing it put in place in August 2014. The vote was 5-4, according to Robert...
article Texas Racing Commission says no to ‘historical racing’ gambling
(Texas) -- A vote Thursday by the Texas Racing Commission delivered a blow to the state’s horse and dog racing industries. In 5-4 vote, the commission repealed a...
article Texas Racing Commission says no to ‘historical racing’ gambling
(Texas) -- A vote Thursday by the Texas Racing Commission delivered a blow to the state’s horse- and dog-racing industries. In a 5-4 vote, the commission repealed...
article Texas Racing Commission Sets Texas Horse Racing on Path to the Glue Factory
(Texas) -- Texas horse racing, if you believe the people most dependent on it, is now doomed to die a slow death. Thursday morning, the Texas Racing Commission, in a 5-4...

2/16/2016

article Analysis: Hegar Could Change the Odds with Horse Racing Vote
(Texas) -- Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar could cast the deciding vote on a new form of gambling in the state on Thursday, but he isn’t saying whether he’ll...

2/10/2016

article Controversial gambling vote blocked by dog racing lawsuit
(Texas) -- A Brownsville judge prevented Texas Racing Commissioners from voting today on the future of historical racing at horse and greyhound tracks. This new maneuver...
article Court order keeps historical racing in Texas — for now
(Texas) -- The ongoing saga of historical racing — a controversial new way to gamble at horse and dog tracks — continues to be just that in Texas: ongoing....
article Texas Horse Racing Is Fighting for Survival
(Texas) -- Thanks to a last minute injunction stemming from a lawsuit filed by the Texas Greyhound Association, the Texas Racing Commission did not have to make the...

2/9/2016

article Deja Vu: Texas Racing On The Brink
(Texas) -- Seventy-nine years ago, Texas Gov. James Allred decided enough was enough. There was an “unparalleled wave and mania for gambling in the state of Texas...

2/6/2016

article Will state officials ‘knuckle under pressure,’ give up effort to save Texas horse tracks?
(Texas) -- After nearly two years of talk in Texas about allowing historical racing — a controversial new way to gamble at horse tracks — the end may be near.

1/26/2016

article Local casino ship offering free admission to boost business
(Texas) -- The Aransas Queen Casino Ship is trying to navigate through some difficult financial times. Casino ship officials tell us business is down so now they're...

1/24/2016

article In Depth; The mess in Texas 2016: 8-Liners, Lottery, Indian casinos, Historical Racing, DFS, Cruise ships
(Texas) -- The state of the state in Texas gaming didn’t actually change on the ground in 2015, but several issues are at play that could see movement in 2016.

1/15/2016

article Texas Indian gambling gets boost from Department of Interior
(Texas) -- A recent federal memo and a Texas constitutional amendment could pave the way for an Indian gaming industry that has long been a target of the state's...

1/2/2016

article The Pride of Texas Casino ship gets new launch date
(Texas) -- Scheduled to be up and running by January 2015, CEO of The Pride of Texas Casino, Vidal Conde, says that now, “We’re looking at having the ship...

12/28/2015

article Galloway Calls Out Texas Politicians In ‘Final Final’ Column
(Texas) -- Randy Galloway is a sports media legend in Texas. He spent nearly 50 years as a reporter and “take no prisoners” columnist with the Dallas Morning...
article A stand against game rooms continues
(Texas) -- Duval County Sheriff Romeo Ramirez and his staff are once again taking a stand against game rooms operating within Duval County. “I want the citizens of...

12/26/2015

article GALLOWAY: After a half-century, the party’s over for Randy Galloway
(Texas) -- This is the last one. The final final. No more columns after this one. Ever. I hear it, coming in loud and gleeful, the celebration over my self-imposed...

12/25/2015

article EDITORIAL: Bingo confusion is disservice to taxpayers
(Texas) -- When you're standing in a bingo hall or before a roulette wheel, there's always a certain sense of excitement and anticipation. After all, the players...

12/19/2015

article Texas Continues To Wage War Against Indian Gaming
(Texas) -- Texas Attorney General Kenneth Paxton appears to not like Indian gaming. Two of the state’s three federally recognized tribes have been pursuing gaming...

12/16/2015

article Commission vote could close horse tracks
(Texas) -- After a tense meeting and a deadlocked vote, the Texas Racing Commission declined Tuesday to repeal its earlier authorization of historical racing, a move...
article EDITORIAL: Racing Commission can’t see straight
(Texas) -- The standoff between the nine-member Texas Racing Commission and the state’s most powerful legislators continued on Tuesday when the commission failed...

12/8/2015

article Critical vote next week in standoff between horse racing regulators and legislators
(Texas) -- The Texas Racing Commission will get another chance to settle its dispute with state legislators over attempts to add new electronic gambling machines at the...
article Gambling expansion remains on chopping block amid new shakeup at Texas Racing Commission
(Texas) -- Top leadership at an embattled state agency is changing hands as the push to derail historical racing — a controversial new way to gamble at tracks...
article Historical racing hot subject for Texas commission meeting
(Texas) -- The topic of historical racing machines has been placed on the Dec. 15 meeting agenda of the Texas Racing Commission, according to the agency’s...
article Racing Commission chair quits amid disagreement with Gov. Greg Abbott
(Texas) -- A disagreement with Gov. Greg Abbott over a new form of gambling ended with the Texas Racing Commission’s chairman abandoning his leadership post....

12/5/2015

article Texas Tribes May Soon See End To Protracted Gaming Battle
(Texas) -- Recent U.S. Department of the Interior and National Indian Gaming Commission rulings may, at long last, give two Texas tribes a pathway to operate their...

12/3/2015

article Patrick asks racing commission to change course
(Texas) -- Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has renewed his call upon the Texas Racing Commission to "unwind" historical racing in a letter to Chairman Robert Schmidt. The...

11/18/2015

article Unexplored North Texas: Arlington's underground casino
(Texas) -- High above Tarrant County sits an establishment that has transformed dramatically over the years. What is now Arlington Baptist College was once home to an...

11/15/2015

article Texas Governor Slams State Regulator’s Online Gambling Ambitions
(Texas) -- Texas officials must cease their line of inquiry into legalizing online gambling, Governor Greg Abbot said this week. In a letter to the Chairman of the Texas...

11/9/2015

article Gov. Greg Abbott orders lottery staff to stop pursuing gambling expansion
(Texas) -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday instructed state lottery officials to stop their efforts to gather information about sports betting games and other types of...

11/7/2015

article Texas casino to open in 2016?
(Texas) -- Deep in the heart of East Texas, there could soon be a new tourist attraction: a casino. A legal challenge from Texas state officials could always delay or...

11/6/2015

article OP/ED: Tribal gaming might be coming back to Texas
(Texas) -- Amid a high-stakes fight between the Texas horse racing industry and the state’s most powerful legislators over the issue of gambling machines, the...
article Texas horse tracks get funding extension as gambling dispute continues
(Texas) -- Texas horse tracks won’t have to shut down anytime soon. Late on Friday, state lawmakers signed off on another 90 days of funding for the Texas Racing...

11/2/2015

article New money deadline approaching for Texas horse racing
(Texas) -- Horse racing in Texas could come to an abrupt halt for the second time this year, if the Texas Racing Commission again runs out of state money in a dispute...

10/27/2015

article Take a look at an illegal gambling trailer in Brownsville
(Texas) -- Last week we told readers about a raid of a home in the Brownsville area where an illegal casino was being operated. The raid was a part of Operation Bishop,...

10/24/2015

article Texas lottery leader reaches out to Delaware about expansion
(Texas) -- The head of the Texas Lottery Commission consulted with his Delaware counterpart about possible expansion of Internet betting and other games, as conservative...

10/23/2015

article Texas Lottery looks at games based on sports betting, casino games
(Texas) -- Unbeknownst to state leaders, Texas Lottery Commission officials appear to be beginning to consider other forms of lottery games, including sports betting,...

10/22/2015

article Texas border officials bust makeshift casinos
(Texas) -- Down in Brownsville officials are cracking down on illegal casino gambling in the strangest places. A recent raid on Tuesday, Oct. 20 uncovered a casino...

10/18/2015

article Helzer: Texas Racing Has 'A Lot To Fight For'
(Texas) -- In an opinion piece for the Corpus Christi Caller Times, Kay Helzer, president of the Texas Quarter Horse Association, discusses the troubles Texas horse...

10/11/2015

article Fading breed
(Texas) -- Valor Farm breeds champion race horses, both quarter horse and thoroughbred. Just last weekend, two of its horses ran really well at Retama Park just north of...

9/24/2015

article In Texas, even the mess is big
(Texas) -- If you watched the political debates or looked at the recent polls, you couldn't have avoided concluding that Americans don't like politicians. We...

9/22/2015

article Valley Game Rooms are Paying Out in Silver
(Texas) -- Small bags of silver are the only prize at a Valley 8-Liner parlor. A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew went undercover to obtain some of the winnings to find out if the...

9/19/2015

article LBB must act to save horse racing industry
(Texas) -- Re: “Commission to blame for stoppage,” Sept. 10: The headline on the editorial is misleading. Sen. Jane Nelson, other Texas senators on the...

9/16/2015

article Deputies disable 100 ‘eight liners’
(Texas) -- As a result of a joint investigation by the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, two video slot machine game...

9/15/2015

article Casino owners working their magic with politicians
(Texas) -- Plenty of East Texans are visitors to American Indian-owned gambling casinos in adjacent states. Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico Indian tribes are making...
article Texas Racing Commission funding back on..temporarily
(Texas) -- On again, at least for 90 days, is funding for the Texas Racing Commission following an agreement between House Appropriations Chairman John Otto and Senate...
article Game rooms rise in Fort Bend County, but so does regulation
(Texas) -- When Harris County began enforcing its own harsher regulations on game rooms last year, Fort Bend County officials worried it might cause the businesses to...

9/9/2015

article Let lawmakers set new direction for horse racing
(Texas) -- If Texas racing needs fixing, let the work begin. Ranchers, horse trainers and spokesmen say the industry is suffering. They say Texas tracks will struggle...
article Texas Racing Faces Fight
(Texas) -- I was nine years old when I first set foot at Lone Star Park. It was the first time I witnessed stunning Thoroughbred athletes competing against each other to...

9/5/2015

article Battle between business interests behind race track closures
(Texas) -- Hours after the Texas horse racing industry shut down last week, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick received an email from a constituent who blamed him for letting it...

9/4/2015

article EDITORIAL: Let lawmakers set new direction for horse racing
(Texas) -- If Texas racing needs fixing, let the work begin. Ranchers, horse trainers and spokesmen say the industry is suffering. They say Texas tracks will struggle...

9/3/2015

article HOFFMAN: The one thing Sam Houston Race Park needs? Slots
(Texas) -- Earlier this week, horse racing in Texas was scratched for a day because our public servants (it's funny even to write that) in Austin were squabbling...

9/2/2015

article No Stability with Texas Commission Funding
(Texas) -- A compromise late Tuesday, Sept. 1, that restored funding to the Texas Racing Commission for 90 days ended a shutdown of the state's racetracks, but the...
article Temporary Agreement Will Allow Operation of Texas Racing Commission
(Texas) -- Top state lawmakers reached agreement Tuesday night on a deal to fund the Texas Racing Commission for 90 days, but the conservatives who run the Legislature...
article Temporary deal reached to allow horse racing in Texas
(Texas) -- Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie will be taking bets on horse races again after state lawmakers agreed to extend funding to the Texas Racing Commission. A...
article Texas Racing Commission orders Sam Houston Race Park to close its doors
(Texas) -- Sam Houston Race Park in Houston suspended all races but remained open Tuesday to issue refunds for tickets and allow winners to cash in on past races, said...

9/1/2015

article All Texas Pari-mutuel Horse Tracks Shut Down, Including Retama Park in Selma
(Texas) -- All of the state's pari-mutuel racing tracks, including Retama Park in Selma, closed their doors today in a dispute over so called 'historical racing...
article Deal Apparently Reached on Texas Funding
(Texas) -- Texas lawmakers have apparently agreed to temporarily fund the Texas Racing Commission, allowing horse racing in the state to resume after a one-day shut down.
article Racing, gambling halted at Texas horse and dog tracks; regulatory agency closed
(Texas) -- Texas horse tracks are open today, just not for racing or gambling. The legislative standoff over funding the Texas Racing Commission continues today with the...
article Texas horse tracks are back in business
(Texas) -- Texas horse racetracks will soon reopen for business. State budget writers broke a days-long stalemate late Tuesday and agreed to sign off on a plan giving...
article Texas horse, dog racing resumes after funding standoff resolved
(Texas) -- A funding standoff that briefly ended gambling and racing at Texas’ horse and dog tracks appeared to be resolved Tuesday. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced...

8/31/2015

article Sam Houston Race Park ordered to close
(Texas) -- Horse racing tracks around Texas prepared to close at least temporarily Monday night after a dispute between state lawmakers appeared unlikely to end with a...
article Texas Horse Tracks Fight Back in Battle Over 'Historical Racing'
(Texas) -- The state's dog and horse tracks are fighting back hard against efforts by conservatives in the Legislature to kill an effort to ban so called '...
article Texas racetracks headed toward shutdown at midnight
(Texas) -- Horse racing tracks in North Texas and statewide appeared to be headed toward a shutdown late Monday night after lawmakers failed to agree on details of a...
article Making sense of the state's decision to shut down Texas race tracks
(Texas) -- Monday night the Texas Racing Commission ordered Sam Houston Race Park, Gulf Greyhound Park and all of the state's racetracks to shut down operations. It...

8/27/2015

article EDITORIAL: Betting on 'historical racing' worth continuing in Texas
(Texas) -- Betting on old horse races might seem odd - or pathetic - to some Texans. But "historical racing," as the practice is called, has become a growing...

8/26/2015

article Texas Leaves Historical Racing Rules Intact
(Texas) -- Despite the threat of losing funding from the state, the Texas Racing Commission kept in place regulations it adopted earlier for establishing historical race...
article Gulf Greyhound Park to close by Jan. 1
(Texas) -- The last greyhound racing track in Texas is closing. Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque announced plans Wednesday to cease live racing by Jan. 1. It has...

8/15/2015

article 'Horse hockey': Senator blasts back in racing commission dispute
(Texas) -- Texas Senate budget writer Jane Nelson on Thursday responded to critics of her role in an escalating dispute between the Legislature and the state agency that...
article Battle over Texas racetrack money is in the homestretch
(Texas) -- It’ll be down to the wire, but the Texas Racing Commission hopes to satisfy the concerns of state officials who could cut off funding to keep the agency...

8/13/2015

article Battle over Texas racetrack money is in the homestretch
(Texas) -- It’ll be down to the wire, but the Texas Racing Commission hopes to satisfy the concerns of state officials who could cut off funding to keep the agency...

8/11/2015

article EDITORIAL: Racing Commission drama
(Texas) -- The Texas Racing Commission is this month’s state government drama queen. Its leaders manufactured a crisis by approving historical racing (gambling on...

8/10/2015

article Could horse racing in Texas end Aug. 31?
(Texas) -- The future of the Texas Racing Commission — and all Texas racetracks, including Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie — is up in the air as officials...
article Political fight threatens to shutter Texas racetracks
(Texas) -- A political fight involving a new form of gambling at Texas racetracks, pitting conservative lawmakers against the Texas Racing Commission, threatens to shut...
article Texas Racing Commission faces budget deadline to keep tracks open
(Texas) -- The Texas Racing Commission and the Legislative Budget Board have about three weeks to resolve a yearlong fight, or Texas’ horse and greyhound tracks...

8/9/2015

article Texas Racing Commission prepares to close as political fight escalates
(Texas) -- The state agency that oversees Texas horse and dog racing tracks has abruptly begun preparing to shut down, raising the stakes of a political fight that could...

8/1/2015

article In Grand Prairie, Texas, Lone Star Park Looks Beyond Horse Racing
(Texas) -- On a Friday night in early July, a steady stream of people made their way into Lone Star Park, between Dallas and Fort Worth in Grand Prairie, Texas.

7/30/2015

article Whatever Happened to Dallas' Eight-Liner Crackdown?
(Texas) -- In 2001, under pressure from police and politicians, then-Dallas County District Attorney Bill Hill launched a highly publicized crackdown on illegal eight-...

7/27/2015

article South Texans cashing in with new casino cruise ship
(Texas) -- San Antonians like to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and head for the gulf coast in the summer. Now there's a new draw -- a casino that...

6/9/2015

article Texas racing agency opposes devices to bet on past events
(Texas) -- The Texas Racing Commission took a major step Tuesday toward killing its ambitious plan to expand gambling at horse and greyhound tracks. The commissioners...

6/7/2015

article Eight-liners flourish in South Texas and run afoul of the law
(Texas) -- Inside a dilapidated house on the outskirts of Brownsville, the two dozen slot machines crammed into tiny rooms are among the remnants of Cameron County...

6/3/2015

article South Texas Sees State's Largest Casino Crackdown
(Texas) -- There’s big trouble in a tiny South Texas town. The San Antonio Express-News reports that federal, state and local law enforcement raided over a dozen...

5/30/2015

article First step taken to repeal rules allowing gambling expansion in Texas
(Texas) -- Bringing slotlike machines to Texas horse racing tracks has gone from being on the fast track to getting bogged down in mud. A Texas Racing Commission...

5/28/2015

article First step taken to repeal rules allowing expansion of gambling in Texas
(Texas) -- Bringing slot-like machines to Texas horse racing tracks has gone from the fast track to getting bogged down in mud. A Texas Racing Commission committee on...

5/24/2015

article Texas Racing Commission regains state funding
(Texas) -- The Texas Racing Commission appears to be getting the green flag to keep guiding racing at horse and dog racetracks statewide. It has been up in the air for...

5/16/2015

article Suburban counties seek new powers over game rooms
(Texas) -- Fort Bend and three other Houston-area counties have asked the Texas Legislature for expanded power to regulate game rooms, which legislators look poised to...

5/7/2015

article Aransas Pass casino ship will set sail later this month
(Texas) -- For those of you eager to do a little gambling, you won't have to wait too long. The "Aransas Queen" casino ship will set sail later this month...

5/5/2015

article Texas Officials Bust 8-Liner Casino Hidden In 18-Wheeler
(Texas) -- Investigators working with the Cameron County District Attorney's Office raided a tractor-trailer that had been "repurposed" into an ad hoc 8-...

5/1/2015

article Tough Times for the Texas Racing Commission with the Texas Legislature
(Texas) -- Texas track owners were hoping this would be the year that they rallied the ailing Texas racing industry. After more than a decade of decline they were poised...

4/26/2015

article A last hope for Texas tracks?
(Texas) -- Horse hooves are beating a steady path on the racetrack at Lone Star Park, but one new attraction horsemen and fans alike wanted to see there is missing. Many...

4/25/2015

article The Dance Known as “Texas Two Step”
(Texas) -- The two-step is a partner dance, consisting of a “leader” (traditionally a man) and a “follower” (traditionally a woman). The leader...

4/24/2015

article Undercover investigation exposes illegal gambling in Central Texas
(Texas) -- Illegal gambling rooms are popping up around Austin and police say they can be magnets for crime and violence. While some locations are obvious to passerbys,...

4/20/2015

article Local lawmaker's casino bill slated for hearing today
(Texas) -- A local representative's bill that would legalize casino gambling in Southeast Texas is one of three casino proposals that will get an audience with a...

4/19/2015

article Gambling bills coming up losers in Legislature
(Texas) -- If you’re betting that an expansion of legalized gambling in Texas won’t happen in the near future, consider it a sure thing.

4/16/2015

article Texas House OKs bill to let pro sports teams hold cash raffles
(Texas) -- Soon, even if your favorite Texas sports team is losing, you may be able to win big. The House approved a measure Thursday that would change the state...

4/10/2015

article Lone Star Park back, but horse tracks battling industry’s slide
(Texas) -- Texas’ horse racing tracks were poised to cash in on new gaming that could have made them stronger players in a declining industry.

4/7/2015

article Texas tribes aim for level playing field with casino amendment
(Texas) -- Gaming issues are back on the agenda in Texas as lawmakers consider the future of an industry that includes one tribal Class II facility, six full-time...

4/6/2015

article Bill calls for constitutional amendment to allow gambling on Native American lands in Texas
(Texas) -- In alliance with the Alabama-Coushatta and the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo tribes, state Reps. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) and James White (R-Woodville) authored...
article Would casinos even work in Texas?
(Texas) -- A proposal to legalize casino gambling on Texas' coast is structured to mute would-be opposition from racetrack owners, but full-throated support from...

4/4/2015

article Texas’s Underground, Speakeasy-Land of Gambling
(Texas) -- In Texas, it is illegal for casinos to pay cash for slot-machine winnings. But it is lawful to play on the machines, and receive non-cash prizes, like a...

4/2/2015

article How Chuck E. Cheese's led to a boom of secret, illegal casinos in Texas
(Texas) -- Gaming bills in the Texas Legislature aim to legalize casinos in the state. But the state already has thriving underground industry. The New York Times...

4/1/2015

article A Texas Ban on Gambling That Doesn’t Quite Work
(Texas) -- Casino gambling with cash payoffs is illegal in Texas. But on a drizzly Tuesday afternoon in February, you could not tell it by the scene inside a former tire...

3/31/2015

article Bingo halls struggle to compete with illegal eight-liners
(Texas) -- Rosie Paredes dabbed colorful ink on numbers one after another at bingo, but she hit it big by playing the pull-tab bingo or binguitos.
article Texas slot machines ring up big business in a legal gray area
(Texas) -- Casino gambling with cash payoffs is illegal in Texas. But on a drizzly Tuesday afternoon in February, you could not tell it by the scene inside a former tire...

3/30/2015

article OPINION — Kimberlin: Gambling should not be legalized in Texas
(Texas) -- Several factors need to be taken into account when talking about legalizing gambling. This would be detrimental to our Texan way of living in many aspects.

3/29/2015

article Shuffle up and deal ... in Texas?
(Texas) -- U.S. Rep. Joe Barton is ready to ante up again. Barton, who has supported legalizing online poker for years, plans to file a bill to do so in the next month...

3/27/2015

article Gaming bills face long odds / Conservative legislators, robust budget hurt odds
(Texas) -- It’s a sure bet that when Texas lawmakers convene every two years, legislation will be proposed to expand gaming in the state. This year, there are...

3/24/2015

article Wanna bet? Riverboats, race tracks, casinos all within easy driving distance of Houston
(Texas) -- What happens in Las Vegas doesn't happen in Houston, so if you're hankering to play card-and-dice games of chance, you'll need to get out of town.

3/23/2015

article Legal poker room opens in South Austin
(Texas) -- A brand-new card house for poker enthusiasts has opened in South Austin and the owner says he's found a way to make it legal. Texas Card House, located...

3/20/2015

article City of Arlington, MGM Grand reportedly in talks for hotel
(Texas) -- A little of the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino’s opulence soon could be coming to Arlington, as the city reportedly is in negotiations with the company to...

3/18/2015

article Casino could come to south Texas coast
(Texas) -- State Rep. Joe Deshotel filed a bill Friday in the Texas House that would allow “houses of gambling,” in the Beaumont Enterprise‘s words, in...
article Gambling advocates prepare to play defense in legislative ses
(Texas) -- For the sixth straight Legislative session, Texas lawmakers have filed a bill to establish a gaming commission to oversee the development of casino gambling...

3/17/2015

article EDITORIAL: Casinos could fund windstorm reform on coast
(Texas) -- State Rep. Joe Deshotel has shown his cards, and the foot-draggers on windstorm reform have to call or fold. His proposal is simple, and logical: Allow casino...

3/16/2015

article Bills introduced to recognize gaming rights of all tribes in Texas
(Texas) -- Lawmakers in Texas introduced bills to recognize the gaming rights of all tribes in the state as one faced contempt sanctions in federal court over a...
article Vegas on the Texas coast?
(Texas) -- Whether casinos are in the cards for Texas - along with the pot they could bring for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association's claims fund - will depend...

3/13/2015

article Bill would allow 9 casinos on the Texas coast
(Texas) -- A bill is expected to be filed Friday to allow for nine Las Vegas-style casinos to operate on or near the Texas coast with revenue going directly to the Texas...
article Tribal Gaming Constitutional Amendments Filed to Level the Playing Field Among Texas Tribes
(Texas) -- Today, Senator Jose Rodríguez (D-El Paso) and State Representative Senfronia Thompson (D- Houston) filed SJR 51 and HJR 129, respectively, proposing a...

3/12/2015

article Bill would allow 9 casinos on the Texas coast
(Texas) -- A bill is expected to be filed Friday to allow for nine Las Vegas-style casinos to operate on or near the Texas coast with revenue going directly to the Texas...

3/9/2015

article La Joya sticks by 8-liners despite raids
(Texas) -- After three eight-liner game rooms were raided by Hidalgo County investigators in less than a month, city officials stand behind the city’s ordinance...
article Texas Racing Commissioners won’t appeal historical racing ruling
(Texas) -- Texas racing commissioners won’t appeal a court ruling that says historical racing gambling devices can’t be used in the state, despite approving...

3/1/2015

article Casino ship delays maiden voyage, but ‘still a go’
(Texas) -- Excitement was high in Aransas Pass and the surrounding area with the arrival of Aransas Queen Casino Jan.6 at Tarpon Shores Marina on Highway 361. The...

2/26/2015

article Senators say the Texas Racing Commission a “rogue” agency
(Texas) -- The Texas Racing Commission’s effort to open the door to a new type of wagering may have slammed the lid on future funding for the “rogue”...

2/25/2015

article Lobby Firm Helped Draft GOP Letter to Racing Commission
(Texas) -- When the Senate Republican Caucus fired off a letter to the Texas Racing Commission last summer blasting a proposal to allow a new form of electronic gambling...

2/18/2015

article The Uneasy Business of Selling Slot Machines in Gambling-Free Texas
(Texas) -- Unless you are wagering on horses, within the boundaries of the Kickapoo Indian reservation or placing bets directly with the state, gambling is illegal in...

1/27/2015

article An Update On Aransas Queen Gambling Ship
(Texas) -- Following the recent delay of the maiden voyage of the Texas Pride Gambling Ship, we received word Monday that the Aransas Queen Gambling Ship is still on...

1/26/2015

article Bill Would Abolish the Texas Lottery
(Texas) -- A measure has been filed in the Legislature to abolish the State Lottery. State Rep Scott Sanford (R-McKinney) filed the measure, which would make it a crime...

1/25/2015

article Pride of Texas Casino Ship Maiden Voyage Delayed
(Texas) -- Sunday was the day that the Pride of Texas Casino Ship was supposed to have its maiden voyage. Tonight 3 News has learned it won't happen any time soon.

1/22/2015

article Pride of Texas Casino owner delays maiden voyage
(Texas) -- This was supposed to be the big weekend for gambling cruise lovers to enjoy a maiden voyage on the Pride of Texas Casino, but that's won't happen for...

1/10/2015

article Pride of Texas Casino Ship to Dock in Aransas Pass
(Texas) -- 3News confirmed Friday that the casino ship the Gold Nugget will not be based out of Corpus Christi after all. In a news release, the owners of the Gold...

12/18/2014

article DANIELS: Indian tribe betting on casino expansion
(Texas) -- As the busloads of seniors and other low rollers pulled in from San Antonio for a day of gaming at the Lucky Eagle Casino, demolition crews were busy tearing...

12/12/2014

article EDITORIAL: New Golden Nugget casino is close enough to Southeast Texas
(Texas) -- The new Golden Nugget casino in Lake Charles is drawing a lot of interest from Texans and reviving the old debate about whether our state should legalize...
article Photos: Billionaire's casino beckoning Texans
(Texas) -- The westward-facing billboards beckon Texans with all sorts of come-ons: Roll the dice, catch a concert, spend the night in luxury. The signs are aimed...
article Texas Lottery suspends sales of Monopoly Millionaires' Club game
(Texas) -- The Texas Lottery announced today that it will suspend sales of the multi-state Monopoly Millionaires' Club game following the drawing on Friday, Dec. 12.

12/7/2014

article Can Texas horse racing be a winner again?
(Texas) -- Horse racing in Texas is a shadow of what it was decades ago. Back in the heyday, venues were packed, purses were high, and tracks drew good horses to run...

12/2/2014

article Lawmakers: Texas should continue the state lottery
(Texas) -- Lawmakers studying whether it's time for the state to cash out on the Texas Lottery reported Monday that they oppose ending the game because that would...

12/1/2014

article Texas should continue the state lottery, lawmakers recommend
(Texas) -- Lawmakers studying whether it’s time for the state to cash out on the Texas Lottery reported Monday that they oppose ending the game because that would...

11/30/2014

article Casino Gaming Could be Coming to Texas
(Texas) -- As many Texas residents know, there is no casino gambling in the Lone Star State, however there’s a little hope that this could be changing pretty soon.

11/20/2014

article Local Developer Announces Plans to Bring a Casino Ship to Aransas Pass
(Texas) -- An Aransas Pass developer has announced he plans to bring a gaming vessel to that area sometime early next year. The City of Aransas Pass has given local...

11/18/2014

article Texas lawmakers considering casino gambling
(Texas) -- For the sixth straight year, Texas lawmakers will be asked to consider allowing casino gambling in their state. All previous attempts to get casinos approved...

11/13/2014

article DA opposes gaming ordinance
(Texas) -- City leaders say their regulations of gaming machines will create revenue for municipal coffers. County authorities say they border on allowing gambling.

11/12/2014

article Measure Would Allow Casino Gambing in Texas
(Texas) -- For the sixth straight Legislative session, a measure has been introduced for the 2015 Legislature that would allow casino gambling in Texas, Newsradio 1200...
article Texas Court Halts Historical Racing Machines [sub req]
(Texas) -- The Texas Racing Commission is considering appealing a state district court decision to block the rollout of racing machines that offer gambling based on the...
article Texas Legislature Considering A Measure Legalizing Casino Gambling
(Texas) -- A measure that would establish a Texas Gaming Commission and that would allow that commission to establish casino gambling in resort areas, cities with more...

11/11/2014

article Texas fight over slot-machine like devices far from over
(Texas) -- The battle over historical racing in Texas is far from over. Sources close to the issue say the odds are high that advocates will soon appeal this week’...
article Texas judge rules against instant racing terminals
(Texas) -- A district court in Austin, Texas, has ruled that the Texas Racing Commission does not have the authority to allow slots-like betting terminals at the state...
article La Joya regulates 8-liner machines
(Texas) -- Gaming establishments may soon be opening up in the City of La Joya. The city commission approved an ordinance on September 29th that allows the city to issue...

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 “...

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