Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Wednesday, April 11, 2001

GAMBLING RAID IN HENDERSON COUNTY TARGETS NINE PARLORS

More Than 200 '8-Liner' Slot Machines Seized

AUSTIN - Beginning at 11 a.m. today, investigators from Texas Attorney General John Cornyn's office assisted Henderson County officials in executing search warrants and seizing numerous gambling devices and cash proceeds from nine Henderson County "casinos."

The sweep, in communities near Cedar Creek Lake and Lake Palestine, followed weeks of investigations by the Attorney General's office, the Henderson County Sheriff and County Attorney James Owen's office, into the proliferation of 8-liner slot machines in this rural area of northeast Texas.

"We have seen a renewed effort among law enforcement agencies statewide in combating what appears to be fast-growing numbers of gambling parlors where these illegal 8-liner slot machines are installed," said Attorney General Cornyn. "State law is clear on the consequences of using these illegal gambling devices, yet these businesses continue to proliferate."

Operators of the affected businesses, where 204 machines were seized, could face various gambling charges, which are generally Class A misdemeanors. Many casino operators allegedly paid off in cash from winning machine tickets, but others paid in redeemable gift certificates. The locations, including the number of machines seized, are as follows:

Gun Barrel City (114)
Double Dollar, Pair-a-Dice, Pla-Fer-Fun, Cherry Picker Game Room, Glen's Scream and Shout

Seven Points (19)
Train's

Payne Springs (35)
My Secret Place and Lucky Penny

Berryville (36)
Dyke's Game Room

Including today's roundup of illegal gambling machines, the Attorney General's Special Crimes investigators have assisted law enforcement offices in 17 counties, resulting in the seizure of 1,274 machines. Today's seizures follow last week's guilty verdict obtained by the Attorney General against Jack Pendergraft, who owned the Vegas Lights Arcade in Odessa.

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Contact: Mark Heckmann, Tom Kelley or Jane Dees Shepperd at (512) 463-2050.
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