Attorney General Abbott broke up an illegal gambling operation in cooperation with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, The Dallas Police Department, the United States Secret Service, and the Internal Revenue Service in Dallas.
Basically, the AG destroyed the latest attempt by Texas gambling interests to get slot machines outside of the legislative process.
To qualify as gambling in Texas, an activity must have three elements: 1. consideration, 2. chance, and 3. a prize. Gambling interest constantly put forth games that look suspiciously like slot machines in creative ways – ways they hope will negate one of the three elements of gambling.
The latest scheme seems to have been this: Charge money for the “internet time”, not for the slots. The idea is that this technicality will remove the consideration element from an activity that looks an awful lot like a slots. See, the consideration (payment) was for the internet time, not the non-slot machine.
This is thin, right? But it’s no thinner than the many other schemes continuously attempted by Texas gambling interests to skirt the law.
The AG recognized this payment scheme for what it was: a subterfuge.
This is another victory for rule of law, a strong Texas, and an AG who is on a roll.
–Press release from AG Office