Dallas Poker Room Left Confused After Losing License Over Unclear Reasons
- Texas Card House had its license revoked by the Dallas City Council without a clear explanation
- Poker rooms operate differently in Texas due to the state’s strict gambling laws
- TCH lost its permit despite operating within the law
In early 2020, the Texas Card House (TCH) was finally granted approval to operate in Dallas.
The poker room was initially refused permission to spread poker games, but the Dallas City Council apparently had a change of heart and eventually gave it the green light. Now, the poker venue, located on Harry Hines Boulevard, has had its permit revoked in what appears to be another U-turn by the city council.
As of this writing, the revocation has remained a mystery, with the Dallas City Attorney’s Office yet to respond to questions regarding the situation.
In a statement released on social media, TCH assured its players that any outstanding chips or balances will be honored in the event that the establishment is ordered to close. The poker room has also expressed confidence that it will be able to get through the battle, saying that it’s committed to doing the right things.
Reasons for Revocation Remain Unclear
It’s still unclear why TCH lost its permit. Based on available information, the city council revoked its business license for “keeping a gambling place“. But this is questionable, considering that the poker club isn’t collecting any rake, as the practice is illegal in the state.
Poker rooms in Texas only charge membership and/or seat fees in accordance with the state’s gambling laws. TCH charges its customers $13 per hour to play, and the club’s CEO Ryan Crow is adamant that his business is not violating anything.
If TCH is forced to shut down, over 200 employees will lose their jobs.
Poker Rooms Continue to Face Barriers in Dallas
TCH isn’t the only business establishment in the city to face a similar challenge. The city council also initially declined an application by Champions Club to operate as a standard poker room, but it was eventually approved when it reapplied with a restaurant and bar. The club ended up operating without a poker room after the city council upheld its original decision.
Champion’s Club faced opposition from the neighborhood when it announced plans to open a poker room in the area. Local residents signed a petition to stop the club from running a “gambling operation“, and it was successful, resulting in the cancellation of a planned $2 million-guarantee poker tournament.