Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive



Wednesday, February 16, 2000

CORNYN ANNOUNCES EIGHT LINER SLOT MACHINE SEIZURES

210 slot machines and at least $85,500 seized in Odessa

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the seizure of 210 eight liner slot machines and $85,500 in illegal wagers and prizes in Odessa. After an investigation, the illegal slot machines, money and prizes were seized at Monte Carlo, Vegas Vegas Amusements, Bingo Idea, Vegas Lights Arcade, and Lots of Fun--all in Odessa.

"The operation of eight liner slot machines violates the law. My office will work closely with local law enforcement to vigorously investigate and prosecute those who violate the law," said Attorney General Cornyn.

Search warrants were served for the seizure of the illegal gambling devices and illegal wagers and prizes this morning. Arrest warrants were also served for the owners of Vegas Vegas Amusements, Joseph Tinsley and Nina Tinsley, the owner of Monte Carlo, H.O. Akin, the owner of Vegas Lights Arcade, Jack Pendergraft, and the owner of Lots of Fun, Charles King Babcock. The owner of Bingo Idea, Harry Bourgeois, will turn himself in to authorities this afternoon.

The owners were arrested for charges ranging from gambling promotion, keeping a gambling place and possession of gambling devices and gambling paraphernalia. These are Class A misdemeanors which carry penalties of up to one year in county jail and/or a fine up to $4,000.

Fifty-five slot machines and $41,429.53 in illegal wagers and prizes were seized at Vegas Vegas Amusements. Sixty-two slot machines were seized at the Vegas Lights Arcade, and authorities are still counting the illegal wagers and prizes at this location. Twenty-nine slot machines and $17,317.79 in illegal wagers and prizes were seized at Bingo Idea. Thirty-seven slot machines and $15,113.91 in illegal wagers and prizes were seized at Monte Carlo. Twenty-seven slot machines and $11,548.61 in illegal wagers and prizes were seized at Lots of Fun.

The Attorney General's office was assisted by the Department of Public Safety Special Crimes Service and the Odessa Police Department.

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