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Old 11-18-2008, 04:26 PM
 
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Hello,

I was hoping that someone could help me figure something out. I am wondering how to support legalizing gambling in Texas. I know that in Jan of 09 the Leg. will convene and once again the fight for gambling in Texas will come up. I would like to know what we, as Texans, can do to support this and try to really make it happen this time around. Any direction would be great, I have no clue.

Thanks!

Last edited by BstYet2Be; 11-19-2008 at 12:00 AM.. Reason: moved from the Houston forum since this is a Texas topic
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Old 11-18-2008, 05:01 PM
zdg
 
Location: Sonoma County
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Just curious; why would you want legalized gambling in Texas?
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Old 11-18-2008, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Just curious; why would you want legalized gambling in Texas?
My question would be.. why not? Some people just like it.
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Old 11-18-2008, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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There is a thread ongoing right now about gambling in Galveston. Nearly everyone wants it according to the poll. Very few do not. I could care less. Why? Because when I was a young boy in New Jersey and the issue came up to build casinos in Atlantic City you had the usual arguments for and against.

The casinos claimed they would revitalize Atlantic City with all the new money. At the time Atlantic City was the lowest form of slums. Getto like you rarely see in Americas poorest areas. Guess what? The whole ocean front is all big beautiful casinos and starting with across the street on to inland is the same ol unchanged slum it was some 30 something years ago.

Up until 2 months ago I spent a dozen years in Las Vegas. AKA..rip off city. Taxes are no lower then any other non gambling city. Crime is very very high. Nevada is ranked dead last place in education and health care. Almost as bad as Somalia. Nevada had the highest suicide rate in the world. The highest high school drop out rate in America. No state lottery as the casinos made threats if the state would ever adopt a lottery dispite every single election, bar none, the people voted by overwhelming margins to have a lottery to support schools.

Nope. Gambling did nothing for anyone but the state coffers in either place. The citizens of the state never benifited except that there were plenty of $8/hr jobs to go around.

And as for your other post. Yes poker is gambling unless the casino lets you play poker for box tops and postage stamps rather then cash.

One good thing casinos would bring to Texas? Many Texans travel to Lousiana to gamble and give away their money there. If we had gambling in Texas we could keep the money here.

By the way, there are illegal gambling halls all over the place that are overlooked by the law. I even see cop cars in the parking lots. I have at least half a dozen of them half an hour from me. You could satisfy your addiction there.
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Old 11-18-2008, 07:57 PM
 
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Just curious; why would you want legalized gambling in Texas?
Because of all those billions of dollars that are going to bordering states (OK, LA and NM) that have legalized gambling. Those billions can remain here and create jobs in Houston and Galveston.
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Old 11-18-2008, 08:08 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Because of all those billions of dollars that are going to bordering states (OK, LA and NM) that have legalized gambling. Those billions can remain here and create jobs in Houston and Galveston.

*spits drink out* Yeah, right! Of course you mean, in the General Fund, because that's where they'll go, right along with the Lottery money that was supposed to go to our SCHOOLS.

Crooks, liars, and thieves, and it's no real shocker that Rodney Ellis supports it.
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Old 11-19-2008, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Texas
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We really don't need all of the crap that comes with gambling -- crime, fraud, addictions problems, etc. LET the other states have it.

A good friend of mine's son is a manager at one of the casino hotels on the Vegas strip. After just a week or so on the job, he had to deal with the police when a staff member who had amassed a huge gambling debt decided to blow his brains out on the premises. He soon learned this isn't uncommon. There are drug problems, gangsters, all sorts of illegal activity, and crimes of passion going on at any given time. I don't think we want that here.
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Old 11-19-2008, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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Oh my gosh. People want gays marrying and now gambling too. Yes, let us just help turn Texas into another state with more problems than we need. If one wants gambling, please travel to a state that has such.
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Old 11-19-2008, 05:02 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Unfortunately, as long as Texas remains in the Bible Belt, I don't think you'll get casinos here. Passing pari-mutuel horse racing betting was a HUGE fight a few years ago. Rick Perry took the horse racing industry's money and promised slot machines at tracks, then caved in to the religious groups and didn't allow the slot machines. A casino, other than the Indian ones, would be out of the question. Drive to OK or LA, or fly to Vegas!
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Old 11-19-2008, 05:43 AM
 
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