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Texas man arrested for allegedly operating gambling game at county fair


A Texas man was arrested last week for allegedly operating a gambling game at the Stone County Fair.

The court information said authorities received complaints about a gambling game set up at the Stone County Fair.

Authorities researched the game, known as Razzle-Dazzle, and learned it is considered a gambling scam by the U.S. Department of Justice, and it is sometimes presented as a gambling game on carnival midways and other locations.

According to the court information, the game is characterized by “vague, complicated rules.” The Justice Department reports that the basic criminal charge against a Razzle-Dazzle operator would be gambling, but could also include fraud, false pretense, larceny, or theft by deception. The game was described as running and operating a gambling exhibit where cash money is used to play for cash winnings.

Local detectives used an undercover person to identify further information and gather evidence by playing the game. They identified the man operating the game as Donald Patrick Tompkins, 42.

Local authorities said after the investigation and a review of all evidence, it became apparent that Donald Patrick Tompkins was running a gambling exhibit, the court docs reported.

Tompkins now faces three possible charges: keeping a gambling house, operating a gaming device, and being a habitual offender. Tompkins’ bond was set at $40,000.

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