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February 22, 1999
Will Continue 8-Liner Raids
Contrary to previous published reports, the Department of Public
Safety will continue to enforce Texas gambling laws regarding 8-liners or video slot
machines that pay off players bets with tickets or other prizes.
"Several 8-liner raids will be executed in multiple locations in
the next 10 days," said Marshall Caskey, commander of the DPS Special Crimes Service.
"It always has been our intent to train local law enforcement
agencies to take over the investigation and execution of gambling cases in their own
areas," Caskey said. "However, if we are asked to step in and deal with a
gambling situation in a local area, we will continue to take the lead in making gambling
DPS enforcement efforts are based on the Texas Penal Code and common
law, Caskey said.
"If the eight-liner allows a player to win a prize for money based
on chance, its against the law," Caskey said. "We have seized more than
1,500 illegal eight-liners and $500,000. People have been convicted of gambling
promotion, a Class A misdemeanor, and have forfeited their machines and their money.
Repeatedly, judges have ruled in forfeiture hearings that these machines are indeed
illegal gambling devices under current law."
Caskey urged 8-liner owners to voluntarily comply with the law.
"Voluntary compliance is preferable to arrest, prosecution and seizure of
property," he said.