Ector County Game Room Employee Admits To Rewarding Money 9/23/13
September 23, 2013
Odessa - It hasn’t even been a week since 12 game rooms in Odessa were shut down. Now those in the county have chains on their doors and have taken down their signs. When CBS 7 was out there Monday evening it was a completely different scene than what I saw last week. Today parking lots were empty and we only found two game rooms to be open and for one you had to know the right people to come in.
“If I know who you are, then your good, if I don’t, then you don’t get a membership,” said one game room owner.
CBS 7 received the official affidavits from the Odessa Police department Monday afternoon that spells out exactly what happened during their investigations. It states various officers would enter the game room, play with 20 or 30 dollars and come out doubling, sometimes tripling their money.
CBS 7 entered one game room and spoke with an employee who admittedly told us he gives out cash, and a hefty amount at that. “People win big money here. Our biggest pay out so far has been $4,800, and he came in and only spent 90 cents.”
When asked about the game rooms inside city limits, the employee seems to know exactly what caused the shut downs.
“They were paying cash,” he said.
“Well what do you pay?”
“We pay cash,” he said.
But the mindset for this game room is simple; as long as there are no large crimes the sheriff won’t come looking. “The sheriff says listen, until there is a big problem with the game rooms like shooting or fighting, I’m not going to touch it,”
CBS 7 spoke with Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson who said he could not confirm of any investigations going on in the county but did send a firm warning to watch out.