Analysis: Texas, Gambling and Al Capone

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The Texas Tribune

Texas legislators are going to have to figure out whether they want to allow the private sector to compete with the state’s billion-dollar gambling business.

The state is acting like a monopolist — or Al Capone.

That’s probably not what the state’s policymakers were thinking about when they started throwing up obstacles tohistorical racing and fantasy sports sites, and to ideas for mixing new kinds of gambling into the state lottery.

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