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For a day or more, these gambling Texans visit Louisiana, Oklahoma or New Mexico, where casinos are legal and money flows. Visits typically increase right after Christmas Day, industry officials say.
question, the holidays are more popular at casinos, said Wade Duty, executive director of the Louisiana Casino Association. have a little more free time around the holidays. You can only take so much family togetherness until you looking for an alternative. make up a sizable portion Lv V Bag of Louisiana casino business all year, Duty said something that in state gambling interests point out each Texas legislative session when they push for the legalization of casinos in the Lone Star State.
On its website, WinStar publicizes bus trips, not necessarily operated by the casino, that bring Texans from Dallas, San Angelo, Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley and other areas.
A Native American operation in southwest Louisiana that popular with Texans further south is the Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, La. It has 2,800 slot machines, 70 table games and an 18 hole golf course. Among its entertainers this year were country stars Willie Nelson and Hank Williams Jr. The casino resort placed a prominent Lv Speedy
Up to 90 percent of customers at some casinos just across the Oklahoma border are Texans, according to 2010 research cited by Win For Texas, a group that pressed for legalizing slot machines at Texas racetracks and on Native American reservations.
Even in dire budget years, Texas lawmakers have refused to permit it. Opponents say casinos don provide as much tax revenue as they purport to and that the money dwindles further in a down economy.
usually do get quite a few of the Texans, said Bryan Williams, spokesman for the Coushatta casino. He said business picks up right after Christmas. Year Eve is pretty popular around here. of Texans booked a Christmas Day bus trip to Coushatta through OK Tours in San Antonio. At least 40 people had signed up for the six hour ride as Christmas weekend approached, said Anna Sarmiento, general manager of the tour company.
Out of area visitors comprise an estimated 55 percent of Shreveport Bossier City casino goers in northwest Louisiana, Duty said. For southwest Louisiana casinos in Lake Charles and at Delta Downs horse racetrack in Vinton, the estimated out of area visitor figure is even higher at approximately 80 percent.
are dependent on a large segment of our market coming from Texas, Duty said. If Texas legalized casino gambling, he said, it would not obliterate Louisiana gaming, but will have a dramatic impact. 53 percent of casino gaming revenue in Louisiana comes Galliera Louis Vuitton Bag
from out of state, mostly from Texas, according to the association website.
Either state licensed private sector casinos or Native American casinos or both operate in Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
a limited casino, the Lucky Eagle Casino on the Kickapoo Indian reservation in Eagle Pass, is currently allowed to operate in Texas.
They stay overnight and receive a few dollars in from the casino, Sarmiento said. OK Tours also offers casino trips to Marksville, La., and Delta Downs.
Texans gambling dollars eventually end up in Louisiana state budget. A combined total of $531 million in taxes were generated in fiscal year 2010 from riverboat and land based casinos and racetrack slot machines in Louisiana, Duty said.
The association defines out of area visitors as those traveling more than 150 miles. The Louisiana Casino Association represents and lobbies for casinos and racetracks and related businesses. It does not represent Native American casinos in Louisiana, which attract plenty of Texans.
Despite efforts to allow full Las Vegas style casinos in Texas or slot machine at horse and dog racetracks, it doesn appear there any threat of Texas taking away other states gambling proceeds.
Lots of Dallas Fort Worth area gamblers these days flock to the WinStar World Casino operated by the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma. It offers 6,400 electronic games, numerous table games, and during the holidays boasts big name entertainers such as rapper Lil Wayne and country artist Blake Shelton.
ad in the December issue of Texas Monthly magazine to lure visitors.
especially right after Christmas
Houston based First Class Tours offers daily departures to Louisiana casinos and on its website advertised this month: Taking Reservations for New Year Eve! Lv Metis Bag
AUSTIN Deep in the heart of Texas, travelers who enjoy casino gambling are hopping into their cars or boarding buses this holiday season to head across the state line.
an older crowd, mostly the senior crowd, Sarmiento said, though some teachers who are off work during winter break make the trip, too.
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