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View Poll Results: Do you want vegas style gambling in texas?
Yes 23 47.92%
No 25 52.08%
Voters: 48. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-20-2016, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Spade View Post

Why would Nevada trip when they get the money from Californians and heck, the rest of the planet?
Because not all of their revenues come from California, which has its own local casino options that are absent in Texas. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau has a vested interest in keeping the flights from Houston and Dallas to Las Vegas completely full, and they are willing to spend the money to make certain that continues.

Originally Posted by dollaztx

Yeah I doubt Nevada is a bigger opponent than Oklahoma or Louisiana.
Yeah...not to minimize either Oklahoma or Louisiana as formidable players in the quest to keep casino gaming illegal in Texas, but one comparative look at the physical plant and resources dedicated to promoting the gaming industry in Nevada (where it is THE primary industry) and that found in Oklahoma and Louisiana, where casino gaming is merely one of many other economic activities, tells you all you need to know.

In casino gaming, LVNV is THE 16,000 lb. gorilla, with a lobbying reach commensurate with its weight. Period. All the others are mere also-rans, frankly. And LVNV likes having the flights from Texas so full that people are having to hang on the wings to catch a plane to Las Vegas. And as more states permit casino gaming in one form or another, they've shown their willingness to expend the resources necessary to insure that condition continues.

The central point here is that LVNV is not going to let itself be outdone as gaming destination. Period. Whatever OK, NM or LA may do to promote themselves as a gaming destination, Las Vegas can and will beat it, hands down. That includes lobbying the Texas Legislature to protect one of their more lucrative sources of revenue by eliminating the economic threat of local gaming competition.

None of which is intended to say that you can't have a good time at a casino in Lake Charles, Thackerville or Ruidoso. But the gaming interests in Las Vegas and Nevada will always seek to offer attractions and amenities that lead gamblers returning from Shreveport shaking their heads, saying to themselves, "You know...for the same money, I could have gone to Las Vegas instead!"
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Old 10-20-2016, 11:06 AM
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Some Texans like gambling, but more do not. The anti-gambling folks would argue that you at least have it in a neighboring state (so no need to complain), or you could pick better ways of spending your spare time and money. Some see Vegas as a horrible place. Nothing glamorous, and nothing desirable to create here.
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Old 10-20-2016, 11:34 AM
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We had casinos in Missouri. I think the tourists liked them a lot more than the local folks.
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