Mexico's Casino Put Pressure on Texas - Wednesday 18th of January 2006

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico – As reported by the San Antonio Express-News: "High-pitched rings, spinning lights and the overlapping rise and fall of electronic tones marked the video slot machine room at Juega y Juega.

"In an adjoining room of the casino in this border town, Mexican men smoked cigars and drank beer as they eyed betting sheets and a row of televisions airing live broadcasts of horse races, American professional sports and jai alai tournaments on the other side of the world.

"…While not well-known to many Texans yet, their expected success could have an impact north of the border, as well. Mexico is the just the latest of Texas' neighbors to bring in government revenue by expanding gambling.

"…With Mexico's entry into casino gambling and with at least four facilities planned along the Texas-Mexico border, more than 35 gaming sites are now within 50 miles of the state's boundaries.

"…VLTs or similar forms of electronic gaming at competing racetracks near the Texas boundaries leave Texas tracks lagging, gambling proponents say…"

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