Sheldon Adelson, owner of the Las Vegas Sands Corp, spent big in Texas during the 2020 election and has amassed a stable of lobbyists ahead of the 2021 session.
It might be a push for casino legislation, could be a defense against gaming expansions, or either with a long play in support of upcoming presidential hopefuls.
Adelson playing in Texas is set against a backdrop of recent changes to the election landscape and other players.
In 2018, a SCOTUS ruling paved the way for online sports betting in the U.S.
There were limited passes during the 2019 session at expanding gaming in Texas, but it could be that there will be efforts in this vein in 2021.
Adelson has historically worked (including lobbying) against similar expansion online gaming expansion efforts in other states.
Texas billionaire, University of Houston Regent, Gov. Abbott donor, owner of Golden Nugget casinos, and a publicly-traded online gambling company, Tilman Fertita is never far away from speculation about expanded gambling in Texas.
Pushes for expanded gambling in 2005, 2013, 2017 were all fruitless. The 2005 and 2013 efforts were peddled as budget fixes.
Bills to expand gambling have normally been offered by Democrats.