In Search of Lawyer in Texas Familiar with Gaming Laws

AwesomeDadBod
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Howdy,

I have been looking for a lawyer in Texas that could advise me in regards to Gaming Laws. I have searched, but have not been given a good recommendation. Anyone on this forum able to recommend one?

Thank you!
Broncos
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What do you want to know?
Fonzie Scheme
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When are you opening your home-based casino?
AwesomeDadBod
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It is regards to opening one of the Poker Social Clubs that have been popping up all over Texas.
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AwesomeDadBod
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I want advice on approaching a municipality to get the feel of how they will be towards opening one of the Poker Room Social Clubs that have been opening all over Texas.
JavierC2005
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Please bring one to CS.
SchnauzerMom
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Maybe go play a room in Houston and see if you can talk to the owner for some advice.
hopeandrealchange
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You might want to contact Aggie lawyer.
George Picha
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His office is in Corpus.
Wicked Good Ag
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We have looked into this. The math doesn't hold water in this town unless it is used for other things during the week for the most part.
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I have a buddy that tried to do this here. Plans came to a halt after he met with the DA to discuss. DA said everything would be done to prevent it from opening....
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australopithecus robustus
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Yes DA says they will prosecute. More small town stuff
AwesomeDadBod
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hopeandrealchange said:

You might want to contact Aggie lawyer.
George Picha
361-946-8496
His office is in Corpus.


Thank you!
Sinuso
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See the thread on Planet K trying to open in Bryan. I can't imagine a opening a poker club would be *easier* than that...
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Sinuso said:

See the thread on Planet K trying to open in Bryan. I can't imagine a opening a poker club would be *easier* than that...
Yup. Definitely get your permits in a row first. And don't thumb your nose at the city and hold a press conference to complain when you try to break the ordinances and the city starts writing citations.
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australopithecus robustus
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Seriously the DA said he would prosecute. Permits won't help
txxwildcard
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I personally met with DA with my attorney aside to show him my legit business plan and he clearly said he would prosecute and close me down.
UmustBKidding
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Robertson country, no one would likely care unless it interferes with their marginally legal Enterprises.
legalbird
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If you read about the big storey in Houston, I think they are taking home about $300K a month, but it is a matter of time before the AG busts that operation into 10,000 foot crater.
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legalbird said:

If you read about the big storey in Houston, I think they are taking home about $300K a month, but it is a matter of time before the AG busts that operation into 10,000 foot crater.


Hm. Interesting.

https://www.cardschat.com/news/wptdeepstacks-houston-successful-despite-legal-limbo-of-texas-poker-71961
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techno-ag
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OP here's something from a related article pertinent to your interests:

Quote:

The Texas Association of Social Card Clubs was organized to work with a lobbyist, with the goal of swaying congressional opinion. Tim VonKennel was tabbed to represent the organization, and he's perfect for the task: he's the son of a private poker room owner himself.


https://www.cardschat.com/news/texas-private-poker-clubs-go-rakeless-and-boozeless-49721
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Red Krow
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What would the local DA charge the establishment with to close it down? I don't even play much poker but I had looked into some of the laws years ago because I was curious. House poker parties happen all the time and are legal as long as they follow the laws talked about in the article posted above. What is the big deal if someone wants to setup a place to rent out rooms for people to play poker. Are there laws specific to this area that I'm not aware of?
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If there were ever a reason to renovate the dirty sock, this would be it. I'm intrigued
australopithecus robustus
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I think the point is that when the DA says he will do everything in his power to shut it down to the point of prosecution and/or involving the TABC, it would be unwise to proceed.
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australopithecus robustus said:

I think the point is that when the DA says he will do everything in his power to shut it down to the point of prosecution and/or involving the TABC, it would be unwise to proceed.


Absolutely understood, but what if TABC isn't involved? Then I think you could fight it as a personal vendetta. I get that the DA has a ton of pull, but that kind of wielding of power seems unprofessional.

Again, I'm not saying it's time to bring poker rooms into BCS, but I also think it's possible that this isn't a gateway to other businesses. I've said it on other threads: this ain't the cowtown you lived in during your college days. Either embrace the cultural shift or don't. You don't get both.
australopithecus robustus
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I looked into it months ago. I see the potential.

TABC would undoubtedly get involved if there was alcohol showing up in any way.
tombdaddy504
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And that's the catch. The ability to run a non alcoholic poker room may end up as lore. Haha. Then, however, you end up in a direct battle with the DA. I just don't understand the guaranteed battle.
wasntme
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Keep us posted on how this goes, I would become a member.
studioone
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yay for the DA!
techno-ag
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australopithecus robustus said:

I looked into it months ago. I see the potential.

TABC would undoubtedly get involved if there was alcohol showing up in any way.
According to the article, the Houston establishments avoid the TABC by not serving alcohol.

I wonder if our existing board and card game place on Harvey (I think it's called Clockworks) could add poker to their list. This doesn't seem much different from what they already do. Different audience, but same idea.
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Wicked Good Ag
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The Houston clubs have a rake just in a different form that a typical rake in card rooms across the country.

Texas law will hard for a business to make money at this without a gray area being involved.
The DA sounds like he would push the grey area towards a shut down.

And the math doesn't work unless it is used on weekends only to the size to make real money
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