The hundreds of illegal poker rooms across Texas – which can rake in us$ 3,000 on an average night – have become robbers’ easy targets. But these players aren’t folding yet.
Advocates for legalizing poker in Texas are endorsing legislation this session to regulate the game.
The bill’s supporters say Texas is missing a financial boon. Every week, hundreds of thousands of dollars are changing hands tax-free in Dallas and other Texas cities, a lucrative underground economy. With legalized poker comes heightened safety, they say. Today, robbers know their victims won’t call the police.