Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, have expressed interest in expanded gambling. Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, however, has been a staunch opponent of gambling bills in the past and has not signaled a change of heart.

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