There are very few opportunities to gamble at casinos in Texas, and the vast majority of the time that Texans spend in Casinos is out of state and because of proxemics, mostly in Louisiana. Texas has only one traditionally styled casino, but there are multiple opportunities to participate in horse and dog racing. The Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino Hotel in Eagles Pass, Texas began operations in 1996, but has had many renovations since its inception. It also has a full service on-site hotel with four restaurants and outdoor swimming facilities.
The Kickapoo Eagle Casino has over 2500 games and allows players to wager as little as one cent to as much as $25. The games are by tickets that can be redeemed for cash. There are money kiosks for this purpose and for breaking denominations located all over the casino, the electronic pull tabs are rated as Class 2 and operate like regular slot machines. However, in Texas bingo is king. The Kickapoo offers games from Wednesday through Sunday with very large promotions. Kickapoo casino also has recreational vehicle parking with all the available amenities and hookups with 50 amps of available electrical service. The Kickapoo offers the only legal poker in Texas. The poker room is non-smoking, offers no limit and limit Texas Hold ‘em and Seven Card Stud, and is open on weekdays at 5am and twenty four hours on weekends.
Dog racing is available at Gulf Greyhound Park close to Houston. Gulf Greyhound Park is located in La Marque, Texas and has simulcast available daily and over 250 days of live racing. Races of 3/16 track at 330 yards, 5/16 at 550 yards, 3/8 at 660 yards and 7/16 track at 770 yards are ran on a quarter mile track in all weather conditions accept freezing weather. They also have a dog adoption program. The track is four climate controlled floors with a restaurant on the second floor overlooking the track. Gulf Coast dog racing track is only open for simulcast racing.
Texas offers horse racing in several venues Texas Horse Tracks. These tracks are Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Sam Houston Race Park in Houston and Manor Downs in Manor, as well as, Gillespie County Fair in Fredericksburg, Saddle Brook Park in Amarillo and the Austin Jockey Club in Travis County, TX. Most of these tracks have live simulcast every day, but racing is limited to certain seasons of the year. Sam Houston Race Park resumes races in January 2015, but all other race tracks have to be checked because the schedules vary greatly.
In the state of Texas, there are thousands of options for playing Bingo at very high stakes. In almost every county in the state, there multiple option for Bingo during the week and on weekends. Some of these opportunities are nonprofit based, but they do offer traditional scratch card opportunities, as well as, the opportunity to play small or large amounts. In Bingo games that are not nonprofit based the pots can be very large, and most locations offer extended day and night games. These places often have areas that people are allowed to smoke. There are also often restaurants and security escorts to vehicles. In most cities, even the visitor’s centers will navigate patrons to the Bingo opportunities in the places that they are visiting.