Texas Poker Bill, Death of

by , May 18, 2009 | 11:45 am

Watching this almost makes me wanna cry. Do you realize how close we were to turning Texas race tracks into full-fledged poker rooms? I don’t think you do! But alas, in the end we were killed by something akin to an inverse filibuster … and all in the same week that Annie Duke got slowrolled on Celebrity Apprentice …

In what is arguably nearly as compelling drama, in the above vid Rep. Jose Menendez delivers last rites to HB 222 — but not before being ridiculed and taunted with terrible poker metaphors (delivered in practically Corky-like fashion) from the representatives who were ready to lead the fight against this bill on the floor.

While Texas poker players pushing for fully legal Texas Hold’em did not get the House vote they were looking for, Menendez’s address does mark the first time the game was ever made a real issue in the Texas Legislature. Having achieved such footnote status in the historical almanac, the insinuation on where we go from here is that next time both sides should gear up for a full-on battle spirited debate over a bill looking to create California-style card rooms … in a year where the threat of a veto carries less weight, no less.


  • http://www.michelelewis.com Michele Lewis

    Did I see James Carville in the video?

  • http://pokerati.com/about-us/#danm DanM

    No, but I did see a young Michele Lewis reading the bill!

  • http://www.michelelewis.com Michele Lewis

    oh i didn’t see that but i did see someone who looked like a teenager

  • http://pokerati.com/about-us/#danm DanM

    yes, i wouldn’t have dare used the phrase “young ML” if she looked a day over 35 25. :)