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Houstonians Find Ways to Legally Gamble On Poker

8 November 2004

HOUSTON, Texas – As reported by the KPRC Click2Houston: "A popular television show about playing poker has made the card game all the rage. Houstonians who can't seem to get enough have found ways to cash in on the new fad.

"Since gambling halls and casinos are illegal in Texas, the only way to play legally is at home games.

"In living rooms across the city, you will find amateur gamblers playing next to those practicing for pro-tournaments.

"…Tammy and Casey Dawson got tired of driving to Lake Charles casinos and tried home games.

"Two years ago, when they could not find what they were looking for, they started their own.

"…Not too far away -- Bill Heuer also hosts a game. The crowd is larger and the game changes to tournament play.

"…Some players travel for miles to attend the weekly game.

"…Winners can take away hundreds, if not a thousand dollars in a night at some games.

"…Gambling is illegal in the state of Texas, but as long as the people acting as the house do not get paid or accept money, the home games are not breaking the law…"

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