During an interview with CBS News Texas at the Capitol, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has drawn attention to the lack of support for the growth of casinos in Texas. 

Specifically, he highlighted that there are few GOP senators offering their support for a casino and the overall growth of the sector. 

Although the status of the sector was brought further into the limelight by a move from the Adelson family, who own the Las Vegas Sands Group, to acquire the Dallas Mavericks, Patrick revealed his belief that progression on a bill for casinos in Texas isn’t close. 

That being said, the anticipated entrance of the Adelson family into the region has fuelled rumours that mood within the senate could shift towards a more liberal approach when it comes to casino legislation.

Patrick also took aim at Speaker Dade Phelan, over delays to the bill as he pinpointed the crucial element of it being organically supported and debated within the house. 

The struggles of the sector within Texas have not been replicated in neighbouring Choctaw Casino in Durant, OK, which is just 90 minutes away from Dallas.

Earlier in the year, the group featured some of Texas’ most sought after sports stars front and centre as part of a new marketing campaign.

Dubbed “Where the Players Play”, the campaign features Dallas Cowboys stars and NFL Hall of Famers Darren Woodson and Troy Aikman as well as longtime Texas Ranger and MLB Hall of Famer Iván “Pudge” Rodríguez. The trio has already done several one-off promotions with the property, but they are now inking a more long-term deal that was partially brokered by RPM Sports & Entertainment.

The debate over a casino bill is set to take place in 2024, however, has previously been delayed on numerous occasions.