INDIAN CASINOS IN TEXAS
There are two Indian casinos in Texas which both offer class II gaming machines based on bingo. Class II video gaming devices at Texas casinos look like slot machines, but are actually bingo games and the spinning reels are for “entertainment purposes only.”
No public information is available concerning the payback percentages on any gaming machines in Texas casinos. Unlike the casinos in Texas, in many states the slot machine payback statistics for that particular state’s casinos are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for all U.S. casinos.
One of the Indian casinos in Texas, Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino, also offers pull tab machines, bingo and poker. That casino is the larger of the two casinos in Texas. It has a hotel, five restaurants and a casino with 3,300 gaming machines. The other casino, Naskila Gaming, does not have a hotel, It has one cafe and more than 800 gaming machines. The minimum gambling age is 21 at both casinos and both of these Texas casinos are open 24 hours daily.
Many people ask, “are casinos legal in Texas?” The short answer is yes. However, there are some details that must be included. They are only allowed if they are located on a boat and sail out to international waters or if they are located on federally recognized indian reservation. but even then, there is still some room for dispute.
The state is in a legal fight to try and shut down one of the two Texas casinos, Naskila Gaming, but it has not been successful and the casino is still open. However, be sure to call the casino ahead of time if planning a trip there.
Texas also has one casino boat, Jacks or Better Casino, which is based in Galveston. The boat sails nine miles out into the Gulf of Mexico where casino gambling is permitted. The boat offers: blackjack, craps, roulette, three card poker, a sports book, slots and video poker. You must provide a photo ID or you won’t be allowed to board. The minimum age for gambling on the boat is 18. If you are looking for Texas casinos near Houston this is your best bet. While Houston has no casinos, Jacks or Better Casino is only about an hour away.
For more information on visiting Texas casinos, or general tourism information, call (800) 888-8TEX or go to: www.traveltex.com
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