What are 8 liner machines?
An 8 liner machine is like a digital slot machine. A key difference is that slot machines need icons to match across one horizontal row. 8 liners pay out when a player matches across vertical and diagonal rows as well. These machines come in a wide range of variations in both game format and cost to play. In recent years, 8 liner machines in Texas, have become popular with bar owners and other establishments like VFW Clubs.
Are 8 liner machines legal in Texas?
This is a complex area of State law in Texas. The key legislation is Penal Code Section 47.01(4). Sometimes 8 liners conform to the definition of this law. However, more often they do not. As per this law, 8 liners that are strictly used for amusement are legal. This means that the players can only win novelty items or cash prizes up to a maximum value of $5. Any 8 liner that pays out cash more than $5 is illegal.
This ambiguity has led many 8 liner operators to seek out loopholes. They try to offer more enticing prizes and make more money. For example, they would try to use gift certificates as prizes. This worked until the Texas Supreme Court rules against such practices in 2003.
What alternatives are available?
It is not necessary to play cat and mouse with Texas State gaming authorities. There are more profitable legal options available to you. For example, sweepstakes. Our free electronic sweepstakes promote the lawful sale of something of value, and are not prohibited by law when properly operated. You can sell more of your products and services by giving away free sweepstakes entries. This is the most important distinction. As soon as a player pays to enter a sweepstake it becomes a gambling activity.
Sweepstakes are also a far more exciting proposition for players. Instead of being limited to prizes of $5 or less, they have the opportunity to win as much as $50,000. Contact Tejas Vending and let us show you how to add profits legally!
Don’t make a mistake with 8 liner machines in Texas.