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Major events in Texas gaming history


The Gillespie County Fair opens


Pari-mutuel wagering is legalized for the first time
Arlington Downs opens


Alamo Downs and Epsom Downs open


Pari-mutuel wagering is banned and the tracks close


In November, voters approve a constitutional amendment authorizing charitable bingo, subject to local option authorization


The Bingo Enabling Act takes effect in November


Pulltabs (instant bingo) games are authorized by rule


In November, voters approve a constitutional amendment authorizing pari-mutuel wagering


G. Rollie White Downs opens in October for the state’s first pari-mutuel meet since 1937; it would be the track’s only year of operation


Gillespie County Fair offers pari-mutuel wagering for the first time in its history
Bandera Downs and Manor Downs begin pari-mutuel racing in July and October, respectively
Corpus Christi Greyhound Race Track and Valley Greyhound Park open in November


Trinity Meadows begins pari-mutuel racing in May
Simulcasting begins at the horse tracks
Voters approve a state lottery


Simulcasting begins at the Greyhound tracks
The Lottery begins ticket sales in May
Gulf Greyhound Park opens in November
Lotto Texas is added to the Lottery’s lineup in November


Pick 3 sales begin in October


Regulation of bingo is transferred to the Texas Lottery in April
Sam Houston Race Park opens in April


Retama Park opens in April
The Lottery introduces Cash 5 in October
Last year of racing at Bandera Downs
Valley Greyhound shuts down in September and remains closed until 2000


Last year of racing at Trinity Meadows
Lone Star Park opens for simulcasting in May
The original Lucky Eagle Casino opens


Lone Star Park opens for live racing in April
Raffles during bingo games are approved in October


The Lottery launches Texas Million in May


Valley Greyhound Park reopens in March as Valley Race Park


Texas Two Step replaces Texas Million in May


Cash Five replaces Cash 5 in July


Mega Millions sales begin in December


The Lucky Eagle Casino opens a new larger facility in October, replacing its original casino


The Lottery adds Daily 4 in September
Corpus Christie Greyhound closes at the end of 2007


Corpus Christie reopens in July as Gulf Coast Racing for simulcasting only


Powerball ticket sales begin in January
Last year of racing at Manor Downs
Valley Race Park suspends live racing while simulcasting continues


Valley Race Park resumes live racing with an abbreviated meet


Saddle Brook Jockey Club opens a temporary simulcast facility in December


The Lottery launches MONOPOLY Millionaires' Club with 22 other lotteries on October 19; the game was discontinued in December
Saddle Brook Jockey Club closes its simulcast operations in December


Gulf Greyound discontinues live racing at the end of the year


The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas opens its Naskila Entertainment gaming facility in May



Tribal gaming

The Kickapoo tribe operates a large casino with Class II electronic games, poker and bingo. The Alabama-Coushatta tribe opened a small gaming facility in May 2016, offering Class II electronic games.

Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas – Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas –  Naskila Entertainment



The Texas Lottery began ticket sales on May 29, 1992, with instant games. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto Texas, Texas Two Step, Texas Triple Chance, All or Nothing, Pick 3, Daily 4 and Cash Five.

Lottery proceeds benefit the Foundation School Fund to support public education.

Texas Lottery Commission
P.O. Box 16630
Austin, TX 78761-6630
Phone (512) 344-5000


Pari-mutuel facilities

There are currently three commercial horse tracks, three Greyhound tracks (only Gulf Coast and Valley Race Park have live dates in 2016, with fewer than five live performances scheduled) and one county fair. Simulcasting began in 1991.

Lone Star Park
1000 Lone Star Parkway
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Retama Park
One Retama Parkway
Selma, TX 78154

Sam Houston Race Park
7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West
Houston, TX 77064

Gillespie County Fair
Highway 16 South
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Gulf Coast Racing
5302 Leopard Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78408

Gulf Greyhound Park (simulcast only)
1000 FM 2004
La Marque, TX 77568

Valley Race Park
2601 South Ed Carey Blvd.
Harlingen, TX 78552
Texas Racing Commission                    
P.O. Box 12080
Austin, TX 78711
Phone (512) 833-6699

Charitable gaming

Bingo, instant bingo (pulltabs) and electronic bingo are allowed games for qualified organizations. These include religious societies, nonprofit organizations, fraternal organizations, veterans organizations, volunteer fire departments and volunteer emergency medical services providers.

Charitable Bingo Operations
Texas Lottery Commission
611 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Phone (512) 344-5000


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Last updated on June 19, 2016