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Odds could improve for Texas casinos

24 September 2009

AUSTIN, Texas -- As reported by the Houston Chronicle: "Indian gaming may be about to gain a major legal toehold in Texas.

"The state over the past decade has been successful in closing casinos run by the Tiguas of El Paso and the Alabama-Coushatta of Livingston, and gambling at a tiny casino run by the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe in Eagle Pass has been limited.

"Now, the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma is poised to take possession of an existing horse racing track in Grand Prairie. The tribe runs one of the biggest Indian casinos in the United States, just across the Texas border.

"Gambling proponents believe the tribe may tip the balance to legalizing casinos across Texas.

...A Chickasaw-owned company, Global Gaming Solutions LSP, is expected to buy Lone Star Park next month as part of a bankruptcy settlement involving the track's majority owner, Magna Entertainment Corp. of Canada..."

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