Unless you are wagering on horses, within the boundaries of the Kickapoo Indian reservation or placing bets directly with the state, gambling is illegal in Texas; after all, vice cops need to have something to do when they're not busting hookers, and besides, the lottery functions much better without private competition.
It's perfectly legal, however, to buy and sell what the state terms a "gambling device" -- i.e. any slot machine, 8-liner, or other contraption that accepts people's money and occasionally spits some back out. It's how Vernon Dennis makes his living.
Dennis owns Lone Star Slots, a small showroom/warehouse in Lancaster. It's tucked away in an aging, bile-hued industrial park on Interstate 35, a hard place to find unless you're looking, and even if you are, it'll probably take you a couple of circuits on the service road squinting at addresses. (Pro tip: Google Maps shows it on the wrong side of freeway.)More »