A major operator of the 8-liner machines that are so popular (and illegal) around here and the rest of Texas has entered a guilty plea that will cost him over $1 million, state attorney general Greg Abbott announced today.
Gordon Graves, the 72-year-old founder of Aces Wired, entered the plea in a Corpus Christi court, ending a long legal battle over the machines.
The 8-liners are like slot machines, but of course it's illegal to gamble in Texas. The law allows you to give a token prize, however, and Aces Wild's token prize was a debit card good at specific locations. Which pretty much is as good as cash.
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Abbott's office says the Aces Wild case is "believed to be the largest coordinated gambling prosecution in Texas history."
Aces Wild will be forfeiting about $1 million in assets under the plea, which also includes a little bit of the old tampering with evidence.
At one point prosecutors were talking about bribery charges in regards to Aces Wild's payments to a Fort Worth police officer; Aces Wild said they were merely trying to employ the officer as an expert witness in the ongoing litigation.
Although the company is a major player in the 8-liner world, we're thinking this won't put that much of a cramp into those dedicated losers dropping their paychecks into the machines all through Pasadena and south Houston.