Texas Hold'em Gambling May Become Legal in Texas
A bill has been introduced to legalize and regulate poker rooms in Texas. Currently, any form of poker is illegal in the state.
State Representative Jose Menendez has proposed the state consider finding a way to allow poker rooms to exist under a regulated format. He wants to generate new revenue for the state while establishing places where gamblers can feel safe and secure playing cards.
Texas law enforcement generally turns a blind eye to small, friendly home poker games, even though they are forbidden by statute. But games in which the house takes a rake, or games that accept public participation, quickly draw police attention.
Menendez commented on the need to adjust the law, distinguishing which venues may host poker and under which rules, noting that "...Other games are what the state would call illegal games, even though they may be just a few friends in a VW Hall, in which the VFW Hall is collecting a little bit of the pot to pay for the air conditioning or something like that."
Menendez says his bill would require licensing, to prevent a proliferation of poker rooms. Security is also an issue, as robbers frequently hit private poker games knowing that police involvement is likely to be minimal or non-existent.
Texas Hold'em was invented in Robstown, Texas, nearly one hundred years ago. It has become by far the most popular poker variant at gambling venues around the world, yet somehow remains illegal in the state for which it is named.
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