Re: Which Way Will Texas Go?

by , Jan 14, 2007 | 5:01 am

So Texas gambling laws are indeed fixin’ to change. (Yippee!) The powers that be are having real discussions about how expanded gambling should or should not help fund our beleaguered public school system. (Where do we rank these days … like 47th?)

Here’s a recent story from KHOU in Houston about the prospects of legalizing slot machines in Texas — saying, hey, Texas is missing out on some much needed dollars that the public clearly is willing to pony up.

Click here to watch the video report.

So hey, Poker, you do see don’t you that now is the time to make this matter? It seems a shame that the Houston story didn’t give at least a few sentences to how much money legal poker rooms in Texas could generate. I mean not a biggie in the small term, but something that poker players should be aware of before this every-other-year opportunity passes. Will be interesting to see who steps up to the plate right now. As far as I know, the best political entities working on behalf of poker here are the Texas Poker PAC and Texas Card Players Association. But both are still in relatively nascent stages, and will be needing the help of legal- and political-minded players and playas. (Full disclosure: Pokerati is totally in bed with Texas Poker PAC.)

And will the Poker Player’s Alliance take an interest in Texas players? This question is not rhetorical.

(I can only hope we’ve all learned some lessons about how the legislative game really works from Bill Frist’s Last Stand.)

Meanwhile, here’s an old article (circa 2001, I think) about the folks who will likely be trying to put a stop to any expanded-gambling ideas. And they’ll be better funded this go-round by our good friends running poker rooms in Oklahoma and Louisiana.

2 Comments to “Re: Which Way Will Texas Go?”

  1. Tim B.

    And they’ll be better funded this go-round by our good friends running poker rooms in Oklahoma and Louisiana.

    this is quite likely true, that the indian casinos will invest significant funds towards blocking any kind of gambling expansion in texas… however, i think that may be more than offset by the REST of the gaming industry. they stand to gain if texas legalizes gambling… unlike the indian casinos, who are pretty well stuck in their own geographic area, theres nothing stopping harrahs and other gaming companies from moving in to the major metro areas and making a mint off of folks who WOULD gamble, but feel like driving out of state is too much of a pain in the ass… harrahs seems to be something of an 800-pound-gorilla right now, and if they were to square off against the indian and independent casinos in OK and LA… well, my money would be on harrahs…

  2. DanM

    i agree. but i don’t see them stepping into texas until after we do the heavy lifting to prep the real estate for them. (bastards!)