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Old 12-29-2008, 02:39 PM
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There's more Back Door Casinos in Galveston County than you can shake a stick at!! It's practically "legal".... as long as a law official is getting a cut. ,,,,,,,,, when i lived in santa fe ,almost 20 years , i use to hear about a BIG MONEY game that took place there every week , but they keep it on the very down low cause i never found it.

Yep... that'd be the truth! Now... I guess back door would really only mean the card houses... ya know, seeing "777" signs all over the place really doesn't mean back door... but ya know... why would anybody invest a bunch of money in an 8 liner place if they weren't gonna make a bunch of money??? and... and... how would they get the buisness and revenue they do if they didn't pay out Cash for the winnings.....
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Bring on the Casinos. In my line of work I must travel to other states and see and visit plenty of casinos. The areas where the Casinos and surranding all looked very nice. Many including myself cant believe we (TX) does not have casinos. 40% of the cut for the city is not very appealing to business but I hope they can make it happen. I for one would visit and spend 100's in not 1000's on food, fun and accomodations to wager.

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The few times I last visited the island before the storm I stopped for ice and tobacco products. The Valero on the main drag going to the seawall at about 3:45/4:00am. The parking lot was crowed with the element. I was asked for money coming and going, people looking in the back of my truck, crazed chemicaly enhanced elementals inside store acting like complete A-holes. When i go fish now I will not stop in town and head directly to Bolivar, TCD area or San Luis side. Marti Gras! HA! Forget that. LAst time I was there my vehicle was broken into, gun shots fired ETC.
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Yep... that'd be the truth! Now... I guess back door would really only mean the card houses... ya know, seeing "777" signs all over the place really doesn't mean back door... but ya know... why would anybody invest a bunch of money in an 8 liner place if they weren't gonna make a bunch of money??? and... and... how would they get the buisness and revenue they do if they didn't pay out Cash for the winnings.....,, >>>>>>>>>. roundman says,,, plus they can get robbed twice in a week and still be open the next day! went into a con. store this morning and there was a guy going in with a square looking machine in his hand and on the side of it it said "ticket eater" i guess it was a brand name for a thing that was going to count all the tickets this guy that own the store was going to have to figure what all was turned in to be paid ,, im jus guessing that cause there is 4 of the 8 liners in there
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in todays gdn,, AMADOR OWNS TWICE-ROBBED GAME ROOM BUILDING HITCHCOCK — A building housing video slot machines that was robbed twice last week is owned by the chief of the Galveston Independent School District’s police department.

LeeRoy Amador and his wife, Carmelina, have owned the building, now occupied by Cowboy’s Game Room, for eight years, according to the county’s appraisal district records. Amador has been the chief of the school district’s police force since February 2007.

Police are not investigating the game room for illegal gambling, said Hitchcock Police Detective LaDonna Sauceda.

Amador said his wife leases the building to a tenant from Big Springs, and the lease states that no illegal activity shall occur in the building. He did not have the name of the tenant and could not provide a copy of the lease. He said he is in the process of trying to sell the building.

“I have nothing to do with that at all,” he said. “There is no illegal activity going on inside. That’s my understanding.”

Two Robberies

Records show the building — owned by the Amadors, who live in Santa Fe — was worth $42,490 in 2008.

The building has operated as other businesses, including a candy shop, under the Amadors’ ownership.

Cowboy’s Game Room, 9741 state highway 6, contains 8-liner machines, or video slot machines, according to Hitchcock Police Department records. The place was robbed twice — on Dec. 22 and Dec. 24 — by men armed with pistols and shotguns. The room allows only those with memberships inside.

Game rooms fall into a legal gray area. They have machines that operate much like slot machines.

Although the machines themselves aren’t illegal, state law says that the prize for winning can’t be worth more than 10 times what the cost is to play, or $5, whichever is less. Cash payouts, gift certificates and even incentives to bring gamblers in, such as free meals, are illegal.

Sauceda said the manager of the game room, Joseph Baronak of Pennsylvania, told the police department the machines do not pay out cash. She declined to comment when asked whether police suspected the game room was illegally paying out money, but said police are not investigating that allegation. Baronak declined to comment, he said.

Difficult Task

Determining whether a game room is operating illegal 8-liners is often a difficult task because they have sophisticated systems to screen potential undercover officers, said Chief Robert Burby of the Texas City Police Department, where the city has placed a one-year moratorium on game rooms to investigate whether they pose a public safety risk.

“You’ve got to be in the know to be able to get in (game rooms),” he said. “It’s difficult to investigate them, but not impossible.”

If illegal gambling is found to be happening, it can be difficult to determine who to prosecute because it’s not always clear who is operating the machines, Burby said.

The maximum punishment for a gambling charge is a year in county jail and a $4,000 fine.

Cowboy’s Game Room has been investigated at least once by the Hitchcock Police Department, according to Department of Public Safety reports.

However, Sauceda said there are no records of that investigation in the police department’s files.

2003 Investigation

Amador was reprimanded by the Texas Department of Public Safety, where he worked as an trooper, for failing to tell his supervisors in 2003 that a building he owned was the target of a police investigation, according to the department’s records.

When the allegation was made public in 2007 by a group of officers who filed a grievance against him, Amador said he did not know anything about the criminal activity on his property until he found out about the police investigation. His tenant, he said, had subleased the property to someone who brought in 8-liner machines without his knowledge, he told The Daily News in March 2007.

Game rooms are frequent targets of robberies. In March 2007, the manager of The Big Easy game room in La Marque was shot to death outside the building after a foiled robbery. On July 4, Ronald Martin, a customer at The Mardi Gras game room in Bacliff, died from blood loss when he was shot in the leg during a robbery.
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