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Mar 25th, 2006, 11:10am
 
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Raids target Hunt County casinos

11:37 PM CST on Friday, March 24, 2006
By BRETT SHIPP / WFAA-TV





WFAA-TV
State, county and local law enforcement agencies shut down illegal casinos. Also Online

Brett Shipp reports

3/1: Illegal casinos thrive east of Dallas

3/3: Illegal gambling dens found in Dallas

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NEWS 8 INVESTIGATES
HUNT COUNTY — A massive casino crackdown was under way in Hunt County Friday night, three weeks after a News 8 undercover investigation.

Authorities raided more than a dozen illegal gambling operations and confiscated hundreds of video slot and blackjack machines.

At least six casino operators were arrested as the bottom fell out of the Hunt County casino market.

County jail inmates were deployed to haul the gambling machines away as part of a multi-agency task force that was organized in the wake of Channel 8's probe.

In the days following our initial report, local, county and state investigators coordinated their own undercover operation, culminating in Friday's massive raid.

Authorities said when they raided one small casino, 17 people were inside gambling. One of them, according to sheriff's deputies, said he had been playing there a long time—and he never walked out with a dime.

The raids were coordinated by Hunt County Attorney Joel Littlefield, who got his first look at the illegal activity just a few weeks ago. "I think we have really good cases," he said. "We saw your footage. Law enforcement already knew about these places; getting in to do the undercover work was a time-consuming task."

In just a few days, they were able to make cases on gambling operations in small towns like Quinlan, West Tawakoni and Cash, and also in the larger towns of Greenville and Commerce.

If any illegal operations were overlooked, Littlefield promised the task force would soon be knocking on their doors. "The eight-liner game rooms still open right now, take heed," he warned. "If you're operating illegally, sooner or later you're going to get caught."

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Reply #1 - Mar 25th, 2006, 9:42pm
 
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Reply #2 - Aug 19th, 2006, 2:29pm
 
I see the game rooms are opening up again.
What's up with that?
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Reply #3 - Nov 15th, 2006, 12:57pm
 
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Reply #4 - Jan 14th, 2008, 9:19pm
 
It looks like all the gaming rooms are starting up again.  How can they get away with this?  Who are they paying off? What an embarrassment!  Sad
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Reply #5 - Jan 15th, 2008, 8:53am
 
Y'know, I know of a family that the mother spends so much money on alcohol and constant gaming at these game rooms, that thier house was nearly condemned. Sad, sad situation! They cause traffic problems, because either someone is speeding to get there, or they are going way below the speed limit to see which ones are open, then fail to turn on a turn signal and I have witnessed SEVERAL close calls of major accidents in front of these establishments and they are taking peoples money. A poor 10 yr old boy had to live in a house in poor, poor condition! Do the owners of those game rooms think about the lives of the family's and children that are being deprived because of someone's gambling addiction?

Sad and YES, embarrassing.
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Reply #6 - Jan 16th, 2008, 1:35pm
 
Well, I don't really blame the game room for the mother shortcomings.  I wish gamble was legal in the state of Texas.  This would allow it to be monitored and not so shady.  Plus, then I wouldn't have to drive to Oklahoma or Louisiana.

In fact, if gambling is legalized, I can't think of a reason why I would need to leave Texas.
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Reply #7 - Jan 16th, 2008, 1:57pm
 
True... but if they were on the UP and UP, it would not be such a problem.

I mean, anyplace that has to ask you "are you a cop" when you walk in, is probably some place you would not necessarily need to be.

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PS No I have not been there... I saw it on TV.
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