Gambling Machines Confiscated In Texas, Charges Could Follow
The state of Texas is leading the way when it comes to cracking down on illegal gambling machines. The state has made several busts in the last few months, and is continuing its efforts to stop the illegal gambling.
At the center of the police's attention this time were five local convenience stores and a game room. Police had been investigating the rooms before they raided the establishments.
"We sent people in undercover to play the games," said Richmond Police Sgt. Lowell Neinast. He claims the undercover operation was to find out if people were receiving any rewards when they won on the machines.
They found that store owners were paying out winners with cash, or with prizes worth more than $5. State law says that prizes cannot be awarded that are worth more than $5.
Forty five machines were confiscated after search warrants were issued. The machines were taken from, Stop N Save, Speedy Express, Texas Super Food, Corner food Mart, Richmond Exxon, and a game room in a strip center.
Charges have not yet been filed, but the owners of the locations where the machines were taken from will be the most likely people charged. Operating gambling facilities would be the likely charges.
May 8, 2008
Posted By April Gardner
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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