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2011-01-27

Eight-liners perform well online

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor


It was smiles all around in the office of Bandera County Attorney John Payne when the results of a recent online auction become official on Monday, Jan. 24.
The final bid for the 58 gambling devices offered online at www.texasbid.com amounted to $16,225, which includes the 10 percent buyer's premium. This exceeded a pre-auction estimate of $100 per machine.
In an interview, Forres Meadows, owner of Forres Meadows Auctioneers, Inc. and TexasBid, seemed clearly pleased with his previous underestimation about the demand for the gambling devices. "All my research had indicated that the machines wouldn't bring a great deal of money," he said. "Apparently the market on these types of things is very interesting."
The machines were sold in compliance with state and federal laws on the behalf of Bandera County. The high bidder was from Texas, but, according to Meadows, the machines were purchased for use out of state.
A total of 34 bids had been placed on the assorted video eight-liner video devices and other gambling machines. The merchandise on the block had been seized and forfeited from 777 Las Vegas Games at Bandera Downs. In 2008, investigators with the Texas Department of Public Safety raided the gambling emporium on Highway 16 South. At that time, law enforcement officers seized $32,000 in cash.
The seized funds plus any garnered from the online auction will be used for electronic enhancements to the courtroom on the second floor of the Bandera County Courthouse, according to Payne. The courtroom has already been equipped with new microphones and drop screens for projecting images.
According to Payne, the county will receive all the money from the sale minus Meadows' 15 percent commission and any money spent on advertising the online auction, which Payne felt probably wouldn't exceed $500.
"We're thrilled to death with the results and hoping to receive the funds fairly soon," he said in an interview. "We intend to use the monies to great advantage for Bandera County and the citizens of Bandera County."
Before purchasing additional electronic equipment, Payne must determine that all audio-visuals will be compatible with the upgraded equipment already installed in the courtroom.