Bolcik said he had sent a letter on March 26 to each of the establishments notifying them that they had better abide by the state’s law pertaining to gambling because he and his office with the help of the Texas Attorney General, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Comptroller’s Office, Texas Workforce Commission and the Internal Revenue Service would be actively enforcing the law.
“All the owners of the game rooms personally came by and asked what they could do and what they can’t do,” Bolcik said.
Bolcik said it was five game rooms, excluding the two in the city limits of Refugio.
The two in Refugio were shut down April 25 by the Refugio Police Department. More than 70 gaming machines were confiscated as evidence, as well as some cash.
He said the five establishment owners told him they could not comply with the state’s law that they can only give prizes for amusement purposes and would only be able to give out no more than a $5 value in prizes.
He said all five said they would close their doors as of April 30.
“I had received a few complaints about trash and verbal abuse outside the businesses, but I hadn’t received a lot of complaints,” Bolcik said.
He said the letter was sent as a way to be fair to the businesses to see if they could comply.