Poker Bill in Texas Gets the Nod

Isn’t it that the Texas Hold’em poker game should be freely be played in the place where it started? Should be but it’s just not the case in the past.

There’s good news, though, for poker fans in Texas and this should really be a reason to party. Fortunately, a bill aimed at expanding the availability of poker in Texas successfully got the nod of the House Committee last April 2. The bill entitled “poker Gaming Act of 2009? (H.B. 222) and authored by Texas State Representative Jose Menendrez was passed by the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee of the House after getting a vote of 6-3.

The bill is already the second one introduced by Menendrez to allow poker to be played in Texas where the Texas Hold’em actually originated. His first bill that did not make it was H.B. 3186.

The new bill, H.B. 222, was presented by Menendrez last November 2008 and a hearing was eventually held last March 25. It also provides for the putting up of a Poker Gaming Revenue Fund that will contribute regularly to the state’s social services such as those that support the homeless. The bill has provisions as well concerning limits on bad beat jackpots, tournament buy-ins and allowance of electronic poker tables.

It was also agreed that local elections will be held to decide whether or not to legalize poker in the state. If poker will be legalized, it could actually contribute to the economic development of Texas through the payment of taxes and licensing by establishments involved in the game.

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