Hurting industries often do curious things.
"The Texas Racing Commission has begun informing out-of-state wagering companies that it's now illegal to accept online horse or greyhound bets from Texas."
Apparently, the following internet websites may be forced to no longer allow Texas residents as customers.
"According to the TRC, letters were sent to Twinspires.com
(a Churchill Downs affiliate), XpressBet, AmWest Entertainment,
USOff-Track, eBet, Premier Turf Club, The Racing Channel, PayDog and
If they don't comply? They will apparently be snoozin' in the grey-bar hotel.
"The letter concluded that the TRC "may pursue criminal action against violators under Chapter 7 of the Texas Penal Code.""
This is not dissimilar to what happened a few years ago in Arizona. And we all know how that worked out.
Other than drive customers offshore - you know, the ones who wish to patronize racing via that brand-new invention that might even catch on, a personal computer - I am not sure what good can come out of this.
I'm sure consumers would not like a "Texas Book and DVD commission" to make it illegal to buy an item on Amazon.com. Or a "Texas Stock Commission" make you go to a downtown Houston brokerage office to purchase 100 shares of Microsoft instead of clicking a mouse.
That's silly right?
Not in horse racing. In horse racing it's considered a pro-growth policy.