Saturday, January 9, 2016

Ready For A Break After The Holidays? Maybe Some Casino Fun?!

Casinos are illegal in Texas. In 2002, the State of Texas shut down two Indian Tribe casinos, the Alabama-Coushatta Casino and the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Indian Tribe Speaking Rock Casino in El Paso, Texas. The state was able to close these casinos because the two tribes are administered by the Texas Indian Commission. The Kickapoo Indian Reservation in Eagle Pass operates the Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel. This is permitted because the U.S. government is the trustee of the Kickapoos, and the Kickapoos receive no money from the State of Texas. The Lucky Eagle offers bingo, slot machines, and poker. According to the Star-Telegram, in 2016 the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Tribe of Texas plans to open a casino in East Texas, 17 miles east of Livingston. It is not known if the tribe's plan will be legally challenged by the State of Texas.

Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino, Eagle Pass  J.R. Ramos CC BY-SA


Other than the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino, Texan’s closest casino options are located across the Texas border in Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico. The Choctaw Casino in Durant, Oklahoma is located 22.5 miles northeast of Denison, 33 miles northeast of Sherman, and 39.6 miles northwest of Bonham and Bonham State Park. The Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino is located in Sunland Park, New Mexico, 9.8 miles northwest of El Paso and Franklin Mountains State Park. The WinStar World Casino is located in Thackerville, Oklahoma, across the border (12.6 miles) from Gainesville, Texas. Two Oklahoma casinos, the Comanche Red River Casino, and the Kiowa Red River Casino, are located in Devol, Oklahoma, 12.3 miles north of Burkburnett, Texas. There are several casinos in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana. These Louisiana cities are located 37 miles southeast of Uncertain, Karnack and Caddo Lake State Park, 42 miles east of Marshall, Texas, and 22 miles slightly northeast of Waskom, Texas.

Choctaw Casino    brad_holt CC BY

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