The American Gaming Association (AGA) and the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) announced a new partnership to highlight and combat the rapid spread of illegal gaming machine activity in Texas. With an estimated 100,000-150,000 “8-liner” and illegal slot machines now present in Texas, the state has become the most glaring current example of widespread illegal gaming activity in the United States.
“Over the last several months, AGA has been shining a spotlight on the vast, dangerous illegal gambling operations running rampant across the country, and few places exemplify the thriving nature of illegal gambling better than Texas, where hundreds of thousands of black market machines are currently in operation,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. “By partnering with AGEM and building off of the already strong support of law enforcement officials at every level, we will make real progress in shutting down illegal operators.”
AGEM represents the most respected licensed and regulated gaming suppliers in the world, and we no longer can remain silent about the current environment of widespread illegal gambling in Texas,” said Thomas Jingoli, AGEM President and Chief Compliance Officer for Konami Gaming. “On behalf of our 140-plus member companies who supply gaming equipment and technology to regulated markets around the world, we are asking for law enforcement in Texas, from the highest levels in Austin to the smallest communities, to enforce the state’s existing laws that forbid the kind of uncontrolled activity that continues to spread.”
Among those issuing statements in support of the AGA-AGEM effort are State Representative Allen Fletcher, R-Tomball; State Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst, R-Brenham; and State Representative John Kuempel, R-Seguin.
“I thank the American Gaming Association and Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers for their initiative to assist law enforcement in cleaning up this state and stop the use of illegal eight-liners in Texas,” said Rep. Fletcher.