Total of Seven Convenience Stores Raided for Suspected Illegal Gambling

By: Alex Villarreal Email
By: Alex Villarreal Email

Five tickets and 60 seized gambling machines.
This is the result of a two month long investigation by Bryan police, the Brazos County Sheriff's Department and county attorney investigators.

Brazos County Attorney, Rodney Anderson, said, "If you're gonna play the machine with the intent that it's going to pay out something of value, then it becomes gambling and gambling's illegal."

Testing your luck with the Texas State Lottery is legal and so is playing Bingo, but that's because they are regulated by the state.
The machines, confiscated from seven different convenience stores, are unregulated.

"It doesn't say who can be in there playing the machines, it doesn't say hours, it doesn't say what the machines have to pay out in the way of odds or anything like that," Anderson said.

If you play games like this, just for the fun of it, that's fine.
Where you can get into trouble is if you pay money expecting to win something of value in return.

Anderson said, "We hear of some of these machines, they may pay out in gift cards...We've heard of machines that give out phone cards."

The people caught playing the gambling machines were ticketed and may have to pay a fine up to $500.

"They're doing it for a reason and that's to try to win something of value," said Anderson.

The stores won't be closed down, but more charges may follow.

These were seven stores raided yesterday.
The Big Gas Truck Stop, Finish Line Chevron, Tigerland Shell, Pete's Corner Store, A&A Quick Stop, Lucky 13 Stop and Joe's Food Mart.

The county attorney says those responsible for the convenience stores and machines may be facing charges that could result in a fine up to $4,000 and a year in jail.

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