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Texas Poker Gaming Act of 2013 Introduced in State Legislature

The bill would create a poker division under the Texas Lottery. Existing pari-mutuel facilities, bingo halls and tribal organizations would be eligable to apply for licenses.
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Correction: The article as originally published stated that online poker would be banned under the proposed legislation; however, the bill would not affect the current status of online poker in Texas.

Texas state legislatures will have a new poker bill to consider in 2013, after a measure called the “Texas Poker Gaming Act of 2013” was introduced in December.

The new bill, sponsored by State Representative Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin), seeks to regulate the offering of brick-and-mortar poker games. However, electronic poker tables, warmly supported in an earlier Texas poker measure that died in committee, would be banned under the Rodriguez bill.

Rodriguez’ measure would define a new poker division of the Texas Lottery Commission, though the bill also defines poker as a game of skill and therefore not a lottery.

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